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.
We are pleased to announce that we will be holding a one-day symposium in Berlin, Germany this April, which will provide the opportunity for our German Users to gather and learn about the latest developments from Questionmark and best practices in online assessment management. This year’s event will highlight the new features available in Questionmark Perception version 5, as well as providing technical training and case studies from experienced Questionmark Users. Questionmark Symposia are also a great opportunity to network and learn from other users and speak directly with Questionmark senior management. If you’d like to attend, make sure you sign up today and take advantage of the early-bird discounts!
The symposium is one of many Questionmark user events that take place around the world each year. As I write, many Questionmark Users are preparing to gather in Miami, Florida, for the three-day Questionmark Users Conference. Online registration for the conference, which includes case studies, technical training, sessions on best practices, peer discussions and many other learning activities, ends on March 9th.
As part of our efforts to make the Questionmark Users Conference agreener event than ever, we’re pleased to have selected a hotel that has been widely recognized for its green initiatives.
The Hilton Miami Downtown has demonstrated its commitment to preserving resources through its participation in the Florida Green Lodging Program. The program, established in 2004 by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with the intent of recognizing and rewarding environmentally conscientious lodging facilities in the state, is helping Florida’s lodging industry conserve and protect the state’s natural resources.
As a Florida Green Lodging Program designated facility, the hotel has formed a “Green Team” that focuses on ways to reduce impact on natural resources. The Green Team’s efforts so far have focused on water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction and clean air practices. The hotel has now uses low-flow shower heads and toilets, digital programmable thermostats, energy-efficient lighting and recycled paper products. It also utilizes bulk purchasing and has in-room and vending area recyling bins. There’s a comprehensive recycling program for bulbs, cardboard, paper, plastic and toner cartridges. Clean air measures include the use of high efficiency air filters and the use of environmentally sound cleaning products.
We’re also “greening” the conference by reducing the amount of paper we use, decreasing the size of our conference notebooks and making handouts available online. In addition, we’ll reduce our use of bottled water, create re-usable signage and provide recycling bins for badge holders, lanyards and, of course, paper!
With the excellent program we have planned for Questionmark users, we expect the conference to inspire participants with new, spring-green shoots for their assessment programs. See you at the conference March 14 – 17! Our $100 earlybird registration ends January 22nd, so register soon!