Announcing two pre-conference workshops in New Orleans March 20, 2012

Joan PhaupPosted by Joan Phaup

Sharon Shrock

Sharon Shrock

As we continue to build the program for the Questionmark 2012 Users Conference we are delighted to announce two full-day pre-conference workshops at the Ritz Carlton New Orleans on Tuesday, March 20, 2012: 

Criterion-Referenced Test Development, with Sharon Shrock and Bill Coscarelli. Sharon and Bill — who have presented outstanding keynote addresses at two previous users conferences  — will help participants in this workshop understand testing best practices, meet rigorous competency testing standards and interpret test results correctly.

The workshop,  based on Sharon and Bill’s book, Criterion-Referenced Test Development: Technical and Legal Guidelines for Corporate Training, is ideal for trainers, instructional designers, course developers and training managers. Understanding the principles of skillful test authoring will help you create ethical and dependable testing programs that yield meaningful, measurable results.

Bill Coscarelli

Bill Coscarelli

Rick Ault

Rick Ault

Here’s a great way to learn the basics of using Questionmark technologies before the conference starts: Bring your laptop to a basic training course! Questionmark Trainer Rick Ault will give you hands-on practice  in creating questions, putting together an assessment, then scheduling it, taking it and seeing the results. If you are just starting out — or if you have little experience with Questionmark — joining this workshop will give you a head start and help you get the most from the conference program.

Whether you add a workshop to your plans or not, now is a great time to register for the conference: Early-bird registration savings of $200 are available through December 9th.

Pre-Conference Workshop: Interpreting Item and Test Analyses

Joan Phaup

Posted by Joan Phaup

We at Questionmark wish you a happy and prosperous New Year. We are delighted to be starting 2011 with this announcement about a new workshop on Interpreting Item and Test Analyses to be held prior to the Questionmark 2011 Users Conference.

Do you wish you had a better understanding of item test analyses — and how to interpret them within an organizational context? Ever wondered how you could make more effective use of information about a test’s mean, standard deviation, and Cronbach’s Alpha reliability? Interpreting this kind of  psychometric information  takes effort but is of tremendous value in determining whether an assessment is performing as it should.

Greg Pope, our analytics and psychometrics manager who is well known to readers of this blog, will conduct a workshop on this subject the morning of Tuesday, March 15th, in Los Angeles.

Greg Pope

After learning the basics of classical test theory, workshop participants will get some hands-on practice in analyzing exemplar assessments and test questions  using Questionmark reporting tools. Those that want to will be able to bring their own item and test analysis reports to discuss during the session.

If you would like to be able to interpret item and test analyses in a way that will help you  provide  better, more relevant assessments for your organization, this workshop is for you!

Interpreting Item and Test Analyses: Understanding the organizational context of test results is the first of two optional workshops we are offering prior to the conference, to be held at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel March 15th – 18th.

I’ll share details about the afternoon workshop,  Using Web Services to Integrate with Questionmark Perception, in another post. You can sign up for both of these pre-conference workshops when you register for the conference (something I heartily recommend you do by January 21st, our last day for $100 savings!)