Get with the program: Final reminder to present in Napa

Julie Delazyn HeadshotWe are busy planning the program for the Questionmark 2015 Users Conference in Napa Valley March 10-13.2015-napa-01

We are thrilled about the location of this conference, in the heart of California Wine Country, surrounded by spectacular scenery, world-acclaimed wineries and award-winning restaurants.

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.

Equally significant will be the content created by Questionmark users themselves — people who present case studies or lead discussions. We are excited by the enriching case study and discussion proposals that are coming in, and we are still accepting proposals until December 10.

Space is limited — Click here to download and fill out the call-for-proposal for a chance to present in Napa.

grape iconPlease note that presenters will receive some red carpet treatment — including a special dinner in their honor on Tuesday, March 10. And we award one 50% registration for each case study presentation.

  • 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?
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Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa

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

Plan ahead:
Plan your budget now and consider your conference ROI. The time and effort you save by learning effective ways to run your assessment program will more
than pay for your conference participation. Check out the reasons to attend and the conference ROI toolkit here.

Sign up soon for early-bird savings:
You will save $200 by registering on or before December 17 — and your organization will save by taking advantage of group registration discounts. Get all the details and register soon.

Saving Time and Money with Diagnostic Testing: A SlideShare Presentation

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Having employees “test out” of corporate training using diagnostic assessments can save valuable resources and improve motivation, but there are many factors to be considered.

How do you ensure that time spent developing a robust diagnostic assessment provides value to the business?

A team from PwC explained their approach to this at the Questionmark 2013 Users Conference, and we’re happy to share the handouts from their presentation with you.

The Half-Time Strategy: Saving Your Organization Time and Money with Diagnostic Testing includes examples of diagnostic test-out assessments for business-critical self-study programs. It explains how diagnostic assessments can help organizations save training time while still maintaining quality. It also includes tips for building defensible assessments that people can take to test out of training – and for minimizing the time people spend taking them.

Questionmark Users Conferences offer many opportunities to learn from the experience of fellow learning and assessment professionals. Registration is already open for the 2014 Users Conference March 4 – 7 in San Antonio, Texas. Plan to be there!

Delivering a million+ assessments takes a village: A SlideShare Presentation

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What does it take to deliver thousands of different assessments to thousands of students each year?

Rio Salado College, one of the largest online colleges in the United State – with 67,000 students — knows the answer: collaboration.

The people who run the college’s Questionmark assessments wear many hats. They are instructional designers, authors and programmers, as well as networking and IT services staff. Teamwork between people in these varying roles is essential. And since the college delivers more than one million assessments each year, external collaboration – with Questionmark staff – is essential, too.

A team from Rio Salado explained their cooperative approach during this year’s Questionmark Users Conference, and we’re happy to share the handouts from their presentation with you: It Takes a Village – Collaborating for Success with High-Volume Assessments.

This presentation includes an overview of how the college uses surveys, quizzes and tests within its extensive online learning programs. It also focuses on some of the many lessons gleaned from Rio Salado’s many years of involvement with Questionmark.

This is just one example of what people learn about at our Users Conferences. Registration is already open for the 2014 Users Conference March 4 – 7 in San Antonio, Texas. Plan to be there!

Building on SharePoint for your learning infrastructure : A SlideShare presentation

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Social networking, wikis, blogs, portals and collaboration tools play an increasingly important role, offering powerful ways to increase participation and sustain momentum in learning. Enterprise portal applications such as Microsoft SharePoint offer content management and facilitate information sharing across boundaries.

According to Bill Finegan, Vice President of Enterprise Technology Solutions at GP Strategies Corporation, the “portalization” of learning and development enables workers to gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed, using technologies they engage with every day. How can tools like these fit in with your organization’s learning needs? And how can you make them work effectively together?

Bill answered these and other questions during a presentation called Get to the Point! Leverage SharePoint to meet your Learning and Development Needs at the 2013 Questionmark Users Conference,

Now available on SlideShare, this presentation explores the elements of a dynamic learning ecosystem and explains out how to combine SharePoint, Questionmark and other technologies to provide a learning environment suitable for today’s workers, This is just one example of what people learn about at our Users Conferences. Registration is already open for the 2014 Users Conference March 4 – 7 at the Grand Hyatt on the beautiful Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. Plan to be there!

Secure Testing in Remote Environments: A SlideShare Presentation

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How can you be sure that someone taking an online exam away from a testing center or classroom is adhering to the guidelines put in place by your instructional staff?

This SlideShare presentation will demonstrate how instructors can prevent or catch cheating and ensure a secure environment for employees or students taking tests in their homes, offices and other locations.

The slides are from a Best Practices sessions at the 2013 Questionmark Users Conference: Don Kassner of ProctorU discussed strategies for reducing incidents of dishonesty online, and Maureen Woodruff of Thomas Edison State College explained how online proctoring enables the college to administer tests securely to thousands of online learners.

This presentation offers a glimpse into the kind of discussions and sessions you can find at our Users Conferences. Registration is already open for the 2014 Users Conference March 4 – 7 at the Grand Hyatt on the beautiful Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. Discounts are available for groups and early registrants. Sign up soon and plan to be there!

SlideShare Presentation on Assessment Feedback

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The impact of assessments on learning is something Questionmark Chairman John Kleeman has written about extensively in this blog. He has explained psychology research that demonstrates the importance of retrieval practice – including taking formative quizzes with feedback — as an efficient way of retaining learning for the long term.

John has been focusing lately on what the effective use of feedback can bring to assessments, and he shared what he’s been learning during a presentation at the Questionmark Users Conference on Assessment Feedback – What Can We Learn from Psychology Research?

In this SlideShare presentation, John Kleeman explains how assessments and feedback can influence learning and offers some good practice recommendations.

For more on this theme, check out John’s conversation with Dr. Douglas Larsen, an expert in medical education at the Washington University in St Louis, about Dr. Larsen’s research on how tests and quizzes taken during learning aid learning and retention in medical education. You can also click here to read John’s post about ten benefits of quizzes and tests in educational practice.