Going BYOD? “Responsive Design” will help you get there

Brian McNamara HeadshotPosted by Brian McNamara

We’veResponsive Design talked about “BYOD” (Bring Your Own Device) in this blog recently – and about how many organizations within corporate learning and higher education are either starting to embrace the idea, or – at the very least – start planning for how they can be ready for it in the future.

In fact, one of my recent blog articles focused on a few practical tips on how to optimize your online assessments for the broadest range of devices and browsers possible.

But today we’re going to take a look at how “responsive design” technology built into the latest release of Questionmark OnDemand will make the jump to supporting BYOD delivery of online assessments much, much easier.

Check out the video below for a look at how you can author a Questionmark assessment once, and then deliver it at a broad range of screen resolutions and to many different types of devices – from laptops to tablets to smartphones.

We have plenty of resources available to you. “How-to” videos and brief presentations about best practices, will give you valuable pointers about authoring, delivery and integration in our Learning Cafe. We also share presentations and videos on our SlideShare page.

Why mobile assessment matters

John Kleeman HeadshotPosted by John Kleeman

The reason assessment on mobile phones and tablets matters is because so many people have these devices, and there is a huge opportunity to use them. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how rapid a change this has been!

I’m indebted to my colleague Ivan Forward for this visualization showing the increase in mobile phone ownership in 10 years. It’s based on data from the South African census reported by the BBC.

See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20138322 for text figures behind this graph

As you can see, in the decade from 2001 to 2011, more South Africans gained access to electricity, flush toilets and higher education, but the change in use of mobile phones has been far more dramatic.

Figures in other countries will vary, but in every country mobile phone use has increased hugely.

Not only does this explain why mobile assessment matters, it also explains why so many organizations (including Questionmark customers) are moving to Software as a Service / on-demand systems. Because of the rise of mobile phones, the parallel rise in tablets and the fast changing nature of mobile technology, you need your software to be up to date. And for most organizations, this is easier to do if you delegate it to a system like Questionmark OnDemand than if you have to update and re-install your own software frequently.

Gear up for mobile assessment delivery with this webinar

Posted by Joan Phaup

Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets offer a convenient and inexpensive way to deliver surveys and quizzes to learners anywhere, anytime.

If you would like to learn more about this cost-effective and flexible way to provide assessments for people on the move, join us for a free, one-hour Web seminar at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, December 13: Creating Assessments for Mobile Delivery.

Find out how mobile delivery can be used on its own or as part of a blended delivery strategy to give learners retrieval practice, gather their opinions or test their knowledge and skills. And see how a single assessment can be delivered to many different types of devices, with all the results processed centrally.

This webinar offer answers to these and many other questions:

  • How can you create assessments that work well on small screens?
  • What are the most appropriate uses for such assessments?
  • What should you take into consideration when creating assessments for mobile delivery?
  • How QR codes impact assessment response rates?

Click here for complete webinar details and online registration.



Using QR Codes – Start to Finish

Posted By Doug Peterson

QR codes. They’re everywhere these days!

Questionmark staff have already written some great blogs on QR codes – Using QR Codes to Direct Smartphone Users to Assessments (which includes a link to a fantastic PowerPoint slideshow on using QR codes) and QR Codes for Surveys: A Perfect Fit, so I don’t need to repeat how useful they are in this blog. What I will do is show you just how easy it is to set up a QR code that launches an assessment, and how easy it is for a participant to launch an assessment from a mobile device using a QR code.

In this video I have used Authoring Manager to generate a URL to launch a simple quiz last December. It’s an open access quiz, and I’ve added “&name=holiday” to the end of the URL string so that the user doesn’t have to provide a name at the Open Access portal: they’ll be taken straight into the quiz.

Watch the video to learn how to turn the URL into a QR code graphic, and what the experience is like for a user accessing the quiz via the QR code!

Tips for effective mobile assessments

Posted by Julie Delazyn

Mobile phone usage is growing, and it’s rapidly changing the way we tackle daily tasks. In 2009, 90 percent of the world’s population was covered by a mobile signal, as opposed to 61 percent in 2003. These numbers continue to grow.

What does this mean for the learning industry? It means the ability to reach millions of people anywhere, anytime. Mobile delivery enables new possibilities for observational assessment and exam rooms that can be set up when and where they are needed. It can change the way we test, by bringing assessments into the field and evaluating the performance of specific tasks as they are being done. Delivering assessments on location and offering low-stakes quizzes and surveys on smartphones makes it possible to gather information and get results on the spot. These capabilities, along with QR code technology, which allows anyone to scan a code with a smartphone and be automatically redirected to a webpage or assessment, bring a whole new meaning to “thinking small.”

The ability to fit information on small screens is the key to reaching people on the go. What are some of the tools you can use to reach and assess your own audience? How can you ensure that the assessments that you create fit this new medium?  We’ve put together tips for creating assessments and delivering them to mobile to mobile devices in this SlideShare presentation.  Check  out these ideas and feel free share your own by leaving us a comment!

Observational assessments: some learning resources

julie-smallPosted by Julie Delazyn

Observational assessments, in which an observer assesses a participant and rates his or her performance, make it possible to evaluate skills or abilities that  are difficult to measure using “traditional” assessments. The ability to deliver observational assessments using mobile devices is opening up new possibilities in many different settings:

  • Certifications: Observational assessment is often a key component of the certification process – in some cases required by regulatory authorities.  For an example of this, see our recent  case study, Covidien Delivers Product Knowledge Tests and Observational Assessments on the Apple iPad.
  • Medical and dental schools – for  examinations such as the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).
  • Equipment operation – for recording and rating operators’ skills, abilities, safety practices and adherence to required procedures.
  • Customer service: Workplace assessments are used to evaluate the performance of retail sales and customer service staff and to determine  where additional training is required.
  • Driving tests: Examiners observe and rate license applicants on  parking, observation, awareness and adherence to rules of the road.
  • Performance or Level 3 assessment: Observing and monitoring behavioral changes in the workplace before and after training helps learning organizations  evaluate how well participants apply what they have learned during training after they are back on the job.

If you would like to learn more about Observational Assessments,  check out this Questionmark presentation on SlideShare.