Dance Video, Deadlines and Agenda – oh my!

The 2016 Questionmark Conference will be a seriously fun and jam packed learning event in Miami April 12-15.miami-vertical-collage2

sunWhat’s on the agenda? Here’s a sneak-peek of what you can expect:

  • Secure Authentication: Accessing Questionmark OnDemand with SSO
  • Role-based Security in Questionmark OnDemand
  • Taking Your Test Planning to the Next Level: JTAs and Blueprints 
  • Capturing Demographics When Delivering Assessments

sunAre you a Questionmark superstar? Share your story in Miami!

  • Do you have an experience you would like to share, or a topic to discuss? Submit your proposal by Friday (December 4) and become a speaker at the Conference. *Slots are limited
  • Check out this dance video and get in the mood to learn and network alongside your peers in sunny Miami!

Invite Video

See you in Miami for the 2016 Users Conference

We’re very excited to announce plans for the 2016 Questionmark Users Conference.miami-vertical-collage2

Questionmark users will get together to learn best practices and discover new uses for online assessments from …Drumroll please… April 12 to the 15 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay in the heart of sunny Miami with breathtaking views of downtown and the bay.

Mark your calendar now for this important learning event.sun

Here’s what you can expect during this gathering:

  • Real-world case studies by Questionmark users
  • Introductions to new solutions and features
  • Sessions explaining Questionmark features & functions
  • Presentations about testing and assessment best practices
  • Opportunities to influence future solutions
  • One-on-one meetings with Questionmark technicians
  • Plenty of time to network with your peers

sunHere’s some of the feedback we’ve received from people who joined us at this year’s conference:dinner

collage“Excellent conference every year.”

“Really good sessions. I learned a lot of things that will help me improve our operation.”

“I got all the answers to all my questions and met the right people within my first day here. This conference is an experience I would do again in a heartbeat.”fces

“I learned so much! … The conference is three days of fun, learning, and meeting people who are going through the same things that you are.”

See you in Miami!

 

Questionmark Users Conference Wraps Up in Miami

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Posted by Joan PhaupCustomers at the 2010 Users Conference in Miami

It’s hard to believe the conference we’ve spent so many months planning is drawing to a close!  We’re now in the final general session, where we’ll review what our Product Owners have learned from customers about possible new features during  focus groups on Monday and Tuesday. Then we’ll gather customers’ feedback, which will help us set the course for future developments.

Opening General Session at the 2010 Users Conference in MiamiWhile we’re busy pondering the future, we’re also recalling all the learning and networking that have taken place here in Miami. We’d like to thank everyone who attended for the great memories  and wish them safe journeys home.

Customers and Staff at the 2010 Users Conference in Miami

German Symposium Announced for April 29, 2010

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Posted By Sarah Elkins

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding a one-day symposium in Berlin, Germany this April, which will provide the opportunity for our German Users to gather and learn about the latest developments from Questionmark and best practices in online assessment management. This year’s event will highlight the new features available in Questionmark Perception version 5, as well as providing technical training and case studies from experienced Questionmark Users. Questionmark Symposia are also a great opportunity to network and learn from other users and speak directly with Questionmark senior management. If you’d like to attend, make sure you sign up today and take advantage of the early-bird discounts!

http://www.questionmark.com/deu/seminars/symposium.aspx 2009 German Symposium

The symposium is one of many Questionmark user events that take place around the world each year. As I write, many Questionmark Users are preparing to gather in Miami, Florida, for the three-day Questionmark Users  Conference. Online registration for the conference, which includes case studies, technical training, sessions on best practices, peer discussions and many other learning activities, ends on March 9th.

Questionmark Users Conference: Here’s the Full Program

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Posted by Joan Phaup

The program for the Questionmark Users Conference in Miami March 14 -17 offers something for every Questionmark Perception user, whether they are just starting out or have been using Perception for many years. Here’s the complete line-up of conference sessions.

The conference will also include opportunities to meet one-on-one with Questionmark product managers and technicians, and to attend networking events.

General Sessions

  • Opening General Session: Conference kick-off
  • Keynote: Dr. David Metcalf on “Assessments on the Move: Mobility, Mashups and More”
  • Closing General Session: The Road Ahead

Customer Case StudiesMiami

  • Integrating Questionmark Perception and SAP for Employment Testing
  • Streamlined Training and Assessment at NPPD: Integrating Perception with SAP Learning Solution
  • Using Flash and Captivate in Questionmark Perception
  • Questionmark Live: Distributing the Workload and Increasing Accessibility
  • Many from One: Creating Hundreds of Questions to QML Import Using Excel
  • Question Bank as a Knowledge Tree: Sowing the Seeds of Knowledge
  • Questionmark in Dental Education: Why, How and Lessons Learned
  • Establishing a Broad National Certification Network Based on Questionmark
  • Questionmark Perception as a Central Component of a Training Strategy
  • Perfecting the Test Through Question Analysis
  • The Cloud School: Learning and Assessment for Underserved People in Brazil

Tech Training

  • Introduction to Questionmark Perception for Beginners
  • Advanced Authoring Techniques Using Authoring Manager
  • Planning Your Migration from Perception v4 to v5
  • Configuring the User Experience and Understanding Templates in Perception v5
  • Analyzing and Sharing Results with Enterprise Reporter
  • Using Perception for Evaluations and Other Types of Surveys
  • Methods for Integrating Perception with Other SystemsDeco Drive, South Beach

Best Practices

  • Item and Test Analysis Analytics
  • Making Your Assessments Available and Accessible to All
  • Questionmark Live Item Writing Workshop: Bring Your Own Laptop!
  • Technical Standards and Questionmark’s Open Assessment Platform
  • Conducting Validity Studies within Your Organization
  • Effectively Measuring Knowledge, Skill and Ability with Well-crafted Assessments

Peer Discussions:

  • Strategies for High-Stakes Tests
  • Shaping the Future of ADL SCORM: What’s On Your Wish List?
  • Using Questionmark To Facilitate ROI strategies

Drop-in Demos

  • Options and More Options: Different Ways to Deliver Your Assessments
  • What’s New in Perception Version 5?
  • Tools/Features to Enhance Your Use of Perception

Register for the conference and join us in Miami!

Questionmark Conference Close-up: Making Assessments Accessible

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John Kleeman

Making Your Assessments Accessible and Available to All will be presented by Performance Solutions Specialist Cheryl Johnson and Questionmark Chairman John Kleeman during the Questionmark Users Conference March 14 – 17 in Miami. Cheryl brings a strong commitment to accessibility and usability to her work as an instructional designer as well as a trainer. She has been inspired by seeing how technology can dramatically expand opportunities for individuals with disabilities. I am looking forward to seeing Cheryl at the conference and would like to share my recent conversation with her:

Q: Could you tell me about your work as an instructional designer?

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A: I’ve been involved with many  corporate and government training programs over the years. Although I have developed some instructor-led training, I’ve worked primarily on elearning. Lately I’ve been moving into social learning, mobile learning, high-level simulations, and gaming.

Q: Let’s talk specifically about the subject of accessibility: could you discuss your experience with that?

A: In the mid-nineties I started training people to use assistive technologies. That was before assistive technology was really considered a productivity tool. Back then it was only about making information and technology accessible to people. There really were no tutorials or any good training out there, so I started writing my own training with the motivation of reducing the amount of tech support I had to provide to the people I’d trained! A few years later I was living in Utah and often had to train people remotely. My learners were primarily vocational rehabilitation clients, and sometimes I would  be training just one person at a time. It was not cost-effective for me to drive long distances to train one person. I worked with a colleague to develop what would have been called in those days a “distance learning” program to help people use voice recognition technology effectively.  He went on to patent the technology, called VoiceWindows (http://www.voiceteach.com/), as an online tutorial. It is a tutorial on voice recognition technology and its use with various software applications.  In addition there are many macros built into it to increase productivity when using voice recognition technology. I have also trained many quadriplegics and have seen the huge impact technology could have on the quality of their lives, in some cases opening up work opportunities. Technology can open up a lot of possibilities and help make people be more productive both inside and outside the workplace.

Q: What are the key things people involved with assessment need to know about accessibility?

A: It calls for being creative and thinking differently about things. When I teach classes on accessibility I explain some rules: things like 508 compliance and the various standards people need to meet. But people get frustrated because they don’t know how to meet those requirements using what they have. Section 508 compliance really is just the basic standard. It’s more about making sure  the person can access that information rather than whether is it really usable. I try to focus on helping people make information and technology usable as well as accessible. There are no written rules out there for doing that, so creativity is key. I recommend that when organizations are designing assessments or learning materials, they have people who use the technology on the design team from the very beginning. They know their technology. They know how things work. And they can suggest alternative ways of achieving something. That might mean taking a hot spot question, which would require the use of a mouse, and making text links for the hot spot areas so that someone who’s unable to use a mouse can answer the same question using a keyboard.

Q: What do you hope people will take away from your presentation?

A: An understanding of how important it is to make sure that people who use assistive technology are part of their design team. A realization that quite often people who use assistive technology are sometimes novice users and need clear direction and instructions in using it for a particular application—for example a  particular assessment that you have adapted for their use. People with disabilities like to use interactive tools and want as rich a learning and assessment experience as everyone else.  And of course,  enthusiasm for finding creative ways to make assessments more enjoyable, usable and effective for everyone. John will be showing how Questionmark Perception addresses accessibility and usability issues. He’ll be covering what you have to do to make your assessments in Perception accessible, so that will be a major takeaway, too!

Q: What are you looking forward to at the Questionmark Users Conference?

A: I’m excited to meet people who want to make high quality learning and assessment available to everyone. That’s exciting to me, because I’ve spent many years fighting that battle! I also have to admit I’m looking forward to the cruise on Tuesday night!

Join Cheryl, John and our many other presenters for three days of learning and networking. Check out the conference program and register today!