Integrate Questionmark Perception with SABA Learning

Questionmark Perception easily integrates with various third-party applications using “standards-based” integrations or specifically created connectors. One example of a standards-based integration is the pairing of Questionmark Perception and Saba via the AICC standard.

Questionmark Perception version 5 assessments are fully interoperable with Saba Learning. Saba users can easily launch Perception assessments from within the Saba software. Perception will provide analysis and statistics reports, while Saba controls the participant data. Results from the assessment are automatically passed back to Saba, where you can view what participants got or you can log in to Enterprise Manager to see detailed report.

For details about integrating Perception Version 5 and Saba, click here.

Questionmark App for the iPhone or iPod touch Available on iTunes

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We are happy to announce  the availability of a free Questionmark iPhone/ iPod touch app on iTunes that opens up new possibilities for delivering knowledge checks, quizzes  and surveys to a wide, mobile audience: a great way to engage learners on the go!

The auto-sensing and auto-sizing capabilities of Questionmark™ Perception™ version 5 makes this type of app possible by streamlining and simplifying the delivery of surveys, quizzes and tests to multiple devices, in multiple contexts.

Screenshot of Questionmark app on iTunesTry out the Questionmark iPhone/iPod touch app to take some Questionmark Perception assessments on your iPhone or iPod touch. Test your knowledge of world facts and geography with our “Round the World” or “State Capitals” quizzes or try your hand at several other topics. Imagine how this new delivery option could help your organization, and let us know what you think! (You will need to have iTunes installed on your computer and download the app from the Apple app store.)

Users of Questionmark Perception version 5 can have their own personalized apps so that their employees and/or students can access assessments, quizzes or surveys on the go.
For more information on how to get your personalized app, contact customercare@questionmark.com.

Conference Close-up: Perfecting the Test Through Question Analysis

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Neelov Kar, Project Management Program Owner for Dell Services (previously Perot Systems) is getting ready to attend the Questionmark Users Conference in Miami this month. He will be delivering a case study about how he and his team have used statistical analysis to improve their test questions. I spent some time talking with Neelov the other day and wanted to share what I learned from him.

Q: Tell me a little about your company.

A:  We are a one-stop shop for IT Services and have people working all over the world, in 183 countries.

Q: What does your work entail?

A: I’m the project management program owner, so I am in charge of all the project management courses we offer. I help identify which courses are appropriate for people to take, based on training need analysis, and I work with our project management steering committee  to work out what courses we need to develop. Then we prioritize the requirements, design and develop the courses, pilot them and finally implement them as a regular course. As a Learning and Development department we also look after leadership courses and go through a similar process for those. I moved into this role about a year ago. Prior to that I was leading the evaluation team, and it was during my time on that team that we began using Questionmark.

Q: How you do you use online assessments?

A: We use Questionmark Perception for Level 2 assessment of our project management and leadership courses. We started with a hosted version of Questionmark Perception and it was I who actually internalized the tool. We offer leadership courses and project management courses internally within the organization across all geographies. Some of the project management courses already had tests, so we converted those to Questionmark.  We started designing the end-of-course assessments for our newly introduced leadership and project management courses once we started using Perception.

Q: What you will be talking about during your conference presentation?

A:  Last year we introduced a new course named P3MM Fundamentals, and because it was a new course we had to pilot the course with some of our senior members. In the pilot we asked the students to take the end-of-course test, and we found that many people had trouble passing the test. So we analyzed the results and refined the questions based on the responses. Analysis of results within Perception — particularly the Assessment Overview Report, Question Statistics Report, Test Analysis Report and Item Analysis Report — helped us in identifying the bad questions. We also saw that there were things we could do to improve the instruction within the course in order to better prepare people for the test. Using the Questionmark reports, we really perfected the test. This course has been going for over a year now, and it’s pretty stable. Now, every time we launch a course we do a pilot, administer the test and then use the Questionmark tools to analyze the questions to find out if we are doing justice to the people who are taking the test.

Q: What are you looking forward to at the conference?

A: I want to find out what Perception version 5 offers and how we can use it for our benefit.  Also, I saw that there are quite a few good papers to be presented, so I’m looking forward to attending those. And I want to get involved in the discussion about the future of SCORM.

Neelov’s is just one of 11 case studies to be presented at the conference, which will also include technical training, best practice presentations, peer discussions and more. Online registration for the conference ends on Tuesday, March 9th, so if you would like to attend, be sure to sign up soon!

Online Registration for Questionmark Conference Ends March 9th

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Posted by Joan Phaup

Nine is today’s magic number — the 9th of March, that is: the last day to register online for the Questionmark Users Conference March 14 – 17th in Miami.

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Here are a few more significant numbers for you as we count down to March 14th:

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Learn. Share. Empower.

  • 11 Customer Case Studies including two about integrations of Questionmark Perception with SAP
  • 8 Tech Training presentations including Planning Your Migration from Perception v4 to v5
  • 6 Tech Central sessions where Perception users meet one-on-one with a Questionmark Technician and get their questions answered
  • 6  Product Central sessions, including focus groups run by Questionmark product managers seeking customers’ views on potential new features
  • 6 Best Practices presentations including one on Item and Test Analysis Analytics
  • 3 Peer Discussions including one on Security Strategies for High-stakes Tests
  • 3 Drop-in Demos featuring Questionmark Live, new features in Perception version 5, mobile delivery and more
  • 3 exciting Evening Events, including a dinner cruise with drinks, dinner and networking opportunities
  • 2 General Sessions where Questionmark Customers learn about new and future technologies
  • 1 Keynote by Dr. David Metcalf of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation and Training about Assessments on the Move: Mobility, Mashups and More

If you’re still wondering whether to attend or not, check out what participants in last year’s conference have to say in this video!

Translatability in Questionmark Perception Version 5

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Making assessments and questions translatable was a key goal for Questionmark Perception version 5.

There always has been a need to translate assessments, particularly in countries like Switzerland and Canada, which have have different languages within their borders. But the Internet has made the world much more connected, and so many organizations have employees and stakeholders in different countries or speaking different languages. Some typical translation needs that fed into version 5 were:

  • A bank that operates in many parts of the world and wants to deliver course evaluation surveys (level 1s) to participants in training in many languages. It’s crucial for them that they can schedule the assessment and allow their participants to choose the language in which the assessment is taken
  • A telephone company that trains employees in Europe and wants to give similar questions to all employees. They want to author the questions once and then translate them for use by training teams in each country.
  • A university that creates and delivers questions in English but is expanding internationally, is in partnership with universities overseas and wants to translate some of its material into other languages
  • A software company that deliver certifications to consultants and partners worldwide in around 20 languages and needs assessments and questions translated so that the certifications can be given fairly to anyone who speaks the languages they support.
  • A manufacturing support company that authors questions in English and then translates them into 8 European and Asian languages for delivery to their partners and employees worldwide.

Some customers use external translators and want Questionmark to export XML that translators can use in specialist tools, whilst other customers have internal expertise and want to translate in house and need screens within Questionmark Perception to make the translations themselves. For all customers, it’s not just the initial translation that they need help with but the management of the process. When questions change, if you have them translated into a dozen language, it’s a nightmare to keep track manually of what needs updated, and Questionmark software needs to flag when a question has changed and remind you to update the translation.

The basic concept of Questionmark’s translation management system is that you create a question in a base language and then translate it into as many target languages as you want. And then you do the same with an assessment.

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Questions and assessments are linked so that you can report across language.

And to do the translation, you can translate in Perception by typing in the text in a simple user interface shown below.

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Translating within Questionmark Perception works well if you have an in-house translator, but if you are working with external translators, it’s usually best to export to XML and send them the text to translate – and they will return it to you to import into Perception. Text is exported in an industry standard XML called XLIFF that standard software packages used by translators can process.

Whether you translate interactively or by export to XML, Questionmark keeps track of when questions change in the base language and prompts you to update translations to keep translated questions up to date. So we help you not just manage the initial translation process, but also the ongoing process of translations as questions and assessments change and evolve.

We’re very excited about how easy it is to translate questions in Perception version 5, and we look forward to your feedback as you use it to create quizzes, tests, exams and surveys that can be used in many languages.

Explaining Auto-Sensing and Auto-Sizing of Assessments

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Posted by Jim Farrell

One of my favorite new features in Questionmark Perception is Auto-Sensing and Auto-Sizing. This sounds important, but what does it mean?

When delivering an assessment, Perception version 5 auto-senses the participant’s device and browser, then delivers the assessment formatted appropriately for the device/browser’s requirements. Perception’s new “on the fly” auto-sizing dynamically adjusts and sizes the “screen furniture” and “skin” of an assessment – the buttons, controls and template graphics — so they fit (and look great) on just about any screen size or resolution imaginable.

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Why is this important? In short, these new features take the guesswork out of blended delivery and enable you to author an assessment once, schedule it once and then deliver it in as many different ways as you like. I’ve put together a short video explaining how this works.

Want to experience some the new participant experience improvements?  Go here – either from your desktop, laptop or smartphone! http://www.questionmark.com/go/v5delivery

Learn more about Perception version 5 at the Questionmark Users Conference March 14 – 17.