Planning for a great conference in Baltimore next March

Posted by Joan Phaup

During what may seem like the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer we are  busy planning the program for the Questionmark 2013 Users Conference in Baltimore March 3 – 6.

We are thrilled about the location of this conference, near the busy harbor in a city that’s easy to reach–  and where there is plenty to see and do.  A top priority is planning the conference program, which will include sessions on best practices, the use of Questionmark features and functions, demos of the latest technologies, case studies and peer discussions.

Baltimore's inner harbor

We provide much of this content ourselves, but customers enrich the program by presenting case studies and leading discussions. We are actively seeking ideas for these sessions, so Questionmark users are invited to check out the conference call for proposals and respond by September 14.

We know the conference seems a long way off and understand that you may not be sure of your plans yet, but we would like to hear from you regardless.

  • Do you have a success story to share about your use of Questionmark assessments?
  • Have you had experiences or learned lessons that would be helpful to others?
  • Is there a topic you’d like to talk about with fellow learning and assessment professionals?

If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, we would welcome your ideas!

Conference goers invariably say that one of the best things about this event is the opportunity to learn from fellow Questionmark users and to find out how different organizations use assessments. So we hope you will spend a some time pondering what you would like to share and letting us know about it!



Customers Driving the 2011 European Users Conference Agenda

Mel Lynch headshotPosted by Mel Lynch

We recently surveyed customers in the UK and Europe and asked what they felt would be the most valuable aspect of attending the 2011 Questionmark European Users Conference. And it seems there are a few stand-out points they are looking forward to. Primarily, the opportunity to ‘Learn from Questionmark Technicians and Staff’, ‘Learning from other Questionmark Users’ and ‘Networking with other Questionmark Users’ are of great importance.

These results have of course been our guide in establishing the agenda for the conference, to be held in Brussels on October 9th – 11th, and we are pleased to announce that the agenda is really starting to take shape.

This year the schedule is set to include almost two full streams of customer case studies, as well as a host of networking opportunities. Visit the conference schedule to see the working agenda – and watch this space as we regularly confirm more and more items.

For those of you who are interested in attending – don’t forget that the early-bird discount expires on the 30th of June – so be sure to register soon.

Anticipating Questionmark user presentations at European conference

Posted by John Kleeman

Questionmark’s European user conference starts this Sunday in Amsterdam. I’m really looking forward to the event and wanted to share my enthusiasm with you.

Questionmark users are usually passionate about assessment and are often the visionaries and leaders of assessment within their organization. Questionmark staff are also passionate about assessment and work from many different places. So our  conferences – European and American – are a special opportunity for us all to get together in person, meet old friends, make new ones, and speak about assessment : how we can do it effectively on computers (and now mobile devices), and how to use and improve Questionmark software.

Usually my schedule at our conferences puts me in Product Central, engaging with focus groups on how the product should be better, but this year our product management team will be taking the lead there and I’m hoping to spend more time listening to our user experience presentations. This year in Europe we’ll hear the following case studies:

  • One of the world’s largest banks explaining how they are allowing people to invigilate (proctor) themselves but retain trust in the process for compliance purposes
  • Johnson Controls describing how they have implemented a certification programme with Questionmark
  • KU Leuven, one of the oldest universities in the world and with a great depth of technical knowledge, speaking on high-volume delivery and extending Questionmark
  • Experience from the Open University of the Netherlands about implementing Questionmark Perception in their freedom of time, place and pace philosophy
  • A session on advanced item types from an innovator at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Experience from a new user, Rotterdam University, which started in 2009 but have already delivered 10,000 assessments
  • An update from ECABO about using Questionmark with psychometric validation for high stakes exams in the Netherlands

I hope to attend most of these sessions. And I’m looking forward greatly to seeing Questionmark colleagues, Questionmark partners and Questionmark customers, where for a few days we’ll exchange information, ideas and return to work re-charged to continue improving the world of assessment.

For those of our customers who are not coming, you can follow us on twitter (#qm10) and live blogging. We’ll also post handouts after the event. I hope you will join us in 2011 in Los Angeles or Europe.

Off to Amsterdam October 3 – 5 for the next European Users Conference

Mel Lynch headshot

Posted by Mel Lynch

Questionmark users are once again anticipating two days of learning and networking at the Questionmark 2010 European Users Conference.

We are very excited about this year’s gathering, to be held in Amsterdam on October 3 – 5. Judging from what we’re seeing in registrations to date, it’s looking to be the biggest European Users Conference ever.  The fact that we are meeting  in Amsterdam may have something to do with it, as it is definitely a destination worth a visit!

The conference offers a great opportunity to meet with fellow learning and assessment professionals to discuss best practices and to get better at using online surveys, quizzes, tests and exams.  The agenda is really starting to take shape with a lot of the programme being confirmed and some great sessions lined up.

Of course, the Questionmark tradition of taking attendees on a fun-filled evening event has not been forgotten, with the canals of Amsterdam playing host to this year’s Monday night social event.

If you are thinking about joining us in Amsterdam but are still not quite sure what it’s all about, then take a moment to view this Video Invitation from Questionmark’s CEO Eric Shepherd – in a little over a minute (1 minute, 22 seconds to be exact!), you’ll get an overview of what the conference has in store for you. But remember – be sure not to procrastinate too much as spaces are limited and we don’t want you to miss out. 

Register now or visit the conference website for further information.

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

Mel Lynch headshot Posted by Mel Lynch

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!

Questionmark Breakfast Briefings & User Group Meetings Start Tomorrow

Joan Phaup

Posted by Joan Phaup

Just as students are returning to school these days, we at Questionmark are starting our annual fall series of  Breakfast Briefings and User Group meetings in the U.S.

Our Briefing guests will join us for a complimentary breakfast and a hands-on tutorial, during which they will be able to create questions and assessments using Questionmark Perception. The tutorials take place in computer training rooms, so this is a great way to try out the software and a good opportunity to ask questions.  We will also be showing people how to use Questionmark Live, our new browser-based authoring tool for subject matter experts, and they will see new ways of managing multilingual assessments and delivering assessments on mobile devices.

Current Perception users are invited to join us for lunch, discussions about topics of their choice and in-depth looks at new product features and Questionmark services.  Not only do these meetings give our customers the opportunity to talk with Questionmark managers; they also help our team understand customers’ challenges and needs with regard to assessments.

We will kick off in the Boston area  tomorrow and work our way around to a total of seven cities. Here’s the schedule:

  • September 1: Boston (Burlington)
  • September 3: New York
  • September 24: Chicago
  • October 6:  Dallas
  • October 8 and 9 :  Washington, DC (second session added by popular demand!)
  • October 20: Atlanta
  • October 22: Los Angeles

There’s still time to sign up for a briefing and/or a user group meeting: click here for information about the Briefings, and here for User Group details.

There is no charge for attending these events, so we hope you will take advantage of these great learning opportunities and will join us!