Scheduling Observational Assessments

Observational Assessments enable an “observer” – such as an instructor or supervisor — to watch someone complete a task and assess the participant’s performance. This type of assessment, available in Questionmark OnDemand, provides a way to assess a participants in their everyday tasks and rate cognitive knowledge or abilities that would not normally get reflected in answers to a standard assessment. For example, an observational assessment could be used to rate areas such as skills, safety practices and adherence to required procedures.

In many cases, it’s convenient to conduct observational assessments using mobile devices, and this is easy to do using Questionmark Perception’s mobile delivery capabilities and our free Apps for Apple and Android devices.

Whether you plan to deliver an observational assessments via PC or  mobile device, here’s how to schedule it in Perception Enterprise Manager:

  • Set up a Perception administrator as a “monitor” who performs the role of observer
  • Assign participants to groups
  • Assign the monitor to administer the groups
  • Schedule the participant or a group of participants to an assessment and set it to require monitoring

The observer logs in, selects the desired assessment, chooses the participant to be rated, and then completes the assessment. Reports for the assessment will appear under the participant’s name. In addition, the name of the monitor who observed the tasks can be included in reports such as the Coaching Report, Test Analysis Report and Survey Report.

For more details observational assessments, including example applications and a video tutorial, click here.

Three Angles on Mobile Delivery

Posted by Julie Delazyn

All of us at Questionmark take a keen interest in the use of iPads, smart phones and other mobile devices for delivering assessments.

And with good reason, since around 400 million smartphones and tablets will be shipped in 2011 —  close to the number of PCs shipped. And the number of mobile cellular subscriptions grew to 5 billion in 2010.

If you’re interested in how your organization might be able to use mobile assessments, you might want to check out some tips our Chairman, John Kleeman, has posted recently on the SAP blog:

Mobile delivery will be among the many topics we’ll be talking about at the Questionmark Users Conference in Los Angeles this week.   Check out the conference program and follow us on Twitter. We’ll be tweeting from the Conference, and we’re happy to hear from you.  Join the conversation using #qm11.

Measuring the Impact of Social Learning

julie-smallPosted by Julie Delazyn

“The Social Network” – a movie about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg — was a big winner at the recent Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles. And we’re pleased to say that social networks will be high on the agenda as Questionmark users gather in LA (with black ties nowhere in sight!) March 15 – 18 for the Questionmark 2011 Users Conference.

We’ll be paying considerable attention there to the growing importance of social networks as one aspect of a major shift in how people learn. Many organizations, recognizing that the vast majority of  what we learn comes from firsthand experience and from other people rather than from formal learning and study, are turning to informal and ‘social’ learning initiatives that use portals, blogs, wikis, forums and other tools. At this year’s conference we’ll be highlighting many new features and applications of Questionmark’s Open Assessment Platform that work in concert with many commonly used informal/social learning technologies – from embedded and observational assessment to new user interfaces and tools for content evaluation. (See a sneak peek below — and come to the conference for more on this!)

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the conference in March – we’re making sure the conference agenda will be packed with sessions and events that we’re sure you’ll be able to “like.”

Only two more days to register before the early-bird deadline!