Announcing this year’s Questionmark European Users Conference

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We are very pleased to announce that the Questionmark European Users Conference will this year take place in Brussels, Belgium on the 9-11th of October.

Last year’s conference, held in Amsterdam, was the largest European Users Conference ever, with a jam-packed agenda and fantastic networking experiences (including a private party at the Heineken Brewery!). So this year we will be working extra hard to make sure that 2011 is even better!

And we think Belgium is just the location to help make this happen: As the undisputed home of quality chocolate, pommes frites  and waffles — and with direct transport links to the UK and rest of Europe — we are positive that Brussels will play host to yet another amazing conference.

Early-bird registration is now available until the 30th of June, so be sure to register soon and take advantage of the discount.

Podcast: Assessments for new service technicians

Per Schou-Neilsen

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I recently had the opportunity to speak with Per Schou-Neilsen from Johnson Controls Denmark. Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology company with 130,000 employees in more than 150 countries.  Per, who is Manager for Learning and Development, Industrial Refrigeration, Europe & Africa, will present a case study at the Questionmark 2010 European Users Conference to be held in Amsterdam October 3 – 5.

During his presentation he will share his recent experiences with Questionmark Perception and its use in a development and certification program for new or newly hired service technicians.

We are very much looking forward to hearing Per’s case study presentation in Amsterdam. You can listen to this podcast for a hint of what Per will be discussing and why he is looking forward to the conference.

Spaces for the 2010 European Users Conference are limited – Register now so you don’t miss out!

Learn to Customise Questionmark’s Participant Interface — in London!

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Ever wondered how to customise the participant interface so that it conforms to your organisation’s style guides while also meeting your users’ requirement?  Then you’ll be happy to know that our training course on ‘Customising the Participant Interface in Questionmark Perception Version 5’ soon will be held for the first time ever in the UK (and Europe for that matter!).

The two-day course, which is set it to follow the 2010 European Users Conference, will be held in London on October 12th and 13th.

Participants will look under the hood of Perception’s participant-facing software, which includes login and assessment list screens as well as assessment delivery and feedback screens. Learn about tools, techniques and best practices for customising the interface templates. Then apply what you are learning through hands-on exercises that are based on the needs of real-world Perception users.

If you’re registered for the 2010 European Users Conference – then you’ll be even happier to know that all delegates are able to register for the course at a very special discount.

Click here
for further course details or to sign up.

So much to learn at the European Users Conference in October

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In just over a month, Questionmark users will gather in Amsterdam for the 2010 Questionmark European Users Conference on October 3-5. We have had a very positive response so far and are really looking forward to seeing everyone in the Netherlands this year!

The program is pretty close to being finalised, and we are happy to have some excellent case study presenters from across Europe. They will be covering the following topics:

  • Capturing Learning Progress Using Questionmark
  • Self Invigilation of Assessments
  • Online Delivery of High-volume Assessments with Web Forms and Questionmark Printing & Scanning
  • Using JQuery to Extend the Functionality of Questionmark Perception
  • Adoption of Questionmark Perception at the Open University Nederland
  • Developing Advanced Item Types
  • Implementing Questionmark Perception the Fast Way at Rotterdam University

The agenda is stocked full with best practice and technical training presentations, discussions and drop-in demos, too. Not to mention the scenic canal cruise scheduled for the Monday Evening Event!

Registration is open until Wednesday the 29th of September  – but be sure not to wait too long as places are filling up fast.

Register now or visit the conference Web site for further information.

Hope to see you in Amsterdam!

2010 International CAA Conference Q&A

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We are looking forward to the 2010 International CAA Conference 20th-21st of July in Southampton on the UK’s South Coast. This  two-day research-led conference hosted by the University of Southampton and organised by its School of Electronics and Computer Science and the Institute of Educational

Lester Gilbert

Technology at the Open University aims to advance the understanding and application of information technology to the assessment process.

I recently spoke with two members of the conference organising committee — Lester Gilbert and Dr Bill Warburton — about this event and some of the trends in e-assessment that will factor prominently in the conference programme. Lester chairs the CAA Conference Local Arrangements Committee and is a Senior Lecturer in IT within the Learning Societies Lab Research Group of the University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science.  Bill, the Conference Programme Chair, is CAA Officer at the University of Southampton and a thought-leader on the uptake of technology-enhanced approaches to assessment (as well as a presenter at past Questionmark user events).

Q: What are the major themes of the 2010 CAA conference?

Bill:  A key theme that has already emerged is new ways to enhance student learning through e-assessment. We have papers on topics such as using student contributions to online discussions as assessment tools; the key obstacles to widespread adoption of e-assessment in higher education across the UK; and effective ways to mitigate the emerging threat of remotely administered online exams being compromised by identity fraud.

Lester:  We have sought a wide range of papers relevant to e-assessment and expect some major themes to emerge during the conference. We look forward to them being elucidated in the closing address by Questionmark’s Steve Lay!

Q: Who are some of the speakers who figure prominently in this year’s program – and what will they be talking about?

Dr. Bill Warburton

Bill: The keynote address will be delivered by Dr Paul Brna, Educational Consultant, who will focus on the importance of using e-assessment to provide feedback to learners.

Bobby Elliot will address the fact that student contributions to online discussions are being used increasingly as an assessment tool, but suitable methodologies and standards for their use have been slow to emerge. His “review of rubrics for assessing online discussions” raises some useful points that may inform the directions of future research on the topic.

Nora Mogey will provide an analysis of the key obstacles to the widespread use of summative e-assessment in UK higher education, which addresses the topic of developing institutional strategies for the large scale adoption of online assessment in the future.

Lastly, Kikelomo Apampa’s suggestions for  “Blob-based” Presence Verification may form the basis for innovative and  effective ways to mitigate the emerging threat of remotely administered online exams being compromised by identity fraud.

Q: Why do you think events such as CAA are beneficial for the industry?

Bill:  The CAA Conference has always been an inspirational event where new ideas are forged by delegates into fresh ways of developing assessments practically — and also into new research initiatives.

Lester:  It plays an important role in supporting and facilitating the meeting of ideas and people, keeping up to date with recent developments and being informed about likely future directions.

Q: This will be the first year that the CAA Conference will be held in Southampton. Can you tell me about the new venue and the move?

Lester:  Southampton has gained a reputation as a centre of excellence in e-assessment research and development, particularly in its work on the development of a suite of tools for supporting the IMS QTI interoperability standard and recent reports on e-assessment quality and feedback. As this conference did not take place last year, this year a primary goal is to re-launch the event, reconnect it with its heritage of invaluable papers and re-establish it as an international academic platform for e-assessment research.

*The 2010 International CAA Conference will be held at the DeVere Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton on the 20th and 21st of July.  For further information and registration visit the conference Web site.

Hope you can join us next week in Manchester, Edinburgh or London!

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We’re looking forward to meeting our friends and customers next week at our annual Breakfast Briefings in Manchester, Edinburgh and London!

If you haven’t attended a Questionmark Breakfast Briefing before, these events provide a great opportunity to meet fellow learning, testing and assessment professionals and to learn about the latest developments in online assessment technology.  The briefings kick off with breakfast and networking, followed by overviews and demonstrations of new products and features from Questionmark. Plus, Questionmark’s customer care, training, product management and technical support staff will be on hand to answer your questions.

There’s still time to sign up for a briefing, click here to learn more or to register for Manchester, Edinburgh or London.  But hurry – registration will close this Friday!