Napa Conference Overview & Special Live Webcast

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The Questionmark Users Conference in Napa Valley March 10-13 is officially less than a month away!2015-napa-01

We are looking forward to seeing you there for three full days of learning and special events.

Experiencing the complete conference offers by far the best way to learn about assessment-related best practices and about how to make the most of Questionmark technologies. Participants will hear customer case studies and learn about the unique ways in which other organizations are using assessments. They will also weigh in on the product road map, connect with Questionmark staff and network with their peers while enjoying California’s beautiful wine country.

But here’s a great opportunity for Questionmark users who can’t travel to the conference this year: live webcasts of selected conference sessions.

These select sessions will be broadcast at no charge March 11-12:

  • Opening General Session
  • Introduction to Item Development in Large-Scale Test Development
  • Hacking yourself first: Protecting your assessment data with penetration testing
  • Conference Keynotecollage
  • Overview of Setting Performance Standards: Making the cognitive leap from scores to interpretations
  • Writing Performance-Based Test Items

Make sure to sign up for conference webcasts

Aside from getting to take advantage of beautiful California wine country, there’s much more in store for conference participants:

Register today for the full conference, but if you cannot make it, make sure to catch the live webcast

Join the march — to March 2014!

Joan Phaup 2013 (3)Posted by Joan Phaup

In early fall, we step back and marvel at how quickly the year has gone by and acknowledge the fact that it will soon be over.river walk

This means, of course, that although the Questionmark 2014 Users Conference is just over five months away, time will fly before we meet March 4 – 7  in San Antonio, Texas. And that, in turn, means that now is the time to get ready for this essential learning event.

Here are a few ways to get started:

Get with the program: We have begun building the conference agenda and will be adding to it in the coming weeks. Boookmark the schedule-at-a-glance and keep an eye out for new developments. Please note: If you are new to Questionmark, plan to attend the full-day Boot Camp for Beginners workshop. Bring your own laptop and get some basic training before the conference starts.

Get on the program: They said that when you give to something you get more out of it — and that’s true of customers who participate in the conference as case study presenters and peer discussion leaders. They make loads of connections with their peers and Questionmark staff. They also receive some red carpet treatment, including a special dinner in their honor — and we award a 50% registration discount per case study. So think about what you’d like to contribute in 2014. We’re eager to hear from you. See the call for proposals for details.HildersonPhoto_DSC3383

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 our before December 12 — and your organization will save by taking advantage of group registration discounts. Get all the details and register soon.

See you in San Antonio!

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Keep pace with assessment news and trends at European learning events

Chloe MendoncaPosted by Chloe Mendonca

bb2We recently held a Breakfast Briefing at London Microsoft, where Questionmark users and other assessment and measurement professionals  discussed the various ways in which online assessment helps to ensure regulatory compliance.

The briefing included some stimulating questions and answers and a demonstration of our browser-based authoring tool, Questionmark Live. Stephen Kelly from The London Fire Brigade, shared how England’s largest fire service uses Questionmark for training confirmation and high-stakes exams.

If you missed the meeting, you may view the presentation slides here.

bb1Events like this one offer an opportunity to see our technologies in action, speak with Questionmark experts, and meet with  individuals from a wide range of industries.

The 2013 Questionmark European Users Conference is another great learning opportunity. It packs two days of learning, networking and fun into one memorable occasion. This year the conference will take place November 10-12 in Barcelona.

Whether you’re new to Questionmark or have been using our technologies for years, there are plenty of reasons to attend this event! And if you sign up by July 15th you will save €130. Click here to register now.

 

Come to Barcelona for the European Users Conference November 10 – 12

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Getting together with fellow users of Questionmark technologies is one of the best ways to learn best practices and discover new uses for online assessments. So we’re delighted to announce plans for the Questionmark 2013 European Users Conference in Barcelona November 10 – 12.

Mark your calendar now for this important learning event, and register as soon as you can. Here’s what you can expect during this gathering:conf-photo-collage2

  • Real-world case studies by Questionmark users
  • Introductions to new solutions and features
  • Sessions explaining Questionmark features & functions
  • Presentations about testing and assessment best practices
  • Opportunities to influence future solutions
  • One-on-one meetings with Questionmark technicians
  • Plenty of time to network with your peers

The conference will take place at Hotel Fira Palace in the heart of Barcelona — between the famous Plaza de España and Gran Via Avenue and within easy reach of other parts of the city as well as the airport.

The call for presentation proposals is open until July 1st — so take this opportunity to share experiences and generate discussion among colleagues.

Early-bird registration discounts available until June 30th 2013, so sign up soon and start making your plans for Barcelona.

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New Online Training Opportunities for Questionmark Users

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For those who want to get started using Questionmark; we are pleased to have launched a new range of online training courses to get participants acquainted with our software. We have completed our first round of these courses and are pleased at the response so far.

Our European Training Manager Kate Soper, who has extensive experience in e-assessment and has taught many Questionmark training courses over the years, leads all three of these online courses. She was able to share with me some of the ways course participants will be able to benefit from the syllabus as well as her advice and support:

How long have you been with Questionmark and what does your role entail?

I’ve been working with the company since 2008 as the European trainer. I travel to our customers’ offices in many different countries to train them in using Questionmark Perception, in addition to holding courses at our London Office.  I have just completed my Post Graduate Certificate in ‘Online and Distance Education: Practices and Debates’ with the Open University in the UK, which has added to my knowledge of online assessment methods.

What led Questionmark to start offering  online courses?

We started these courses in  response to requests from our customers to learn more about Questionmark in a limited time frame. We thought the online courses would be the perfect way to reach out to those unable to attend our 3 day in-house course. Many encounter difficulties attending our 3-day face-to-face training course because of the pre-selected dates as well as the travel and accommodation expenses involved, whereas Online Training now permits learning from the comfort of your own desk!

Who do you think would benefit from this kind of training ?

At the moment we have 3 courses available. Our Introduction to Authoring Manager and Introduction to Enterprise Manager courses, which last 2 to 3 hours, are for people with  basic computer skills who want to get started creating, delivering and analyzing surveys, quizzes, tests and exams.

Our third course, Customising the Participant Interface, lasts about 5 to 6 hours. It goes into more detail than the other two and is aimed at people who already have some experience using Questionmark technologies.

Whatever the level of each course, we provide supporting materials to all participants and I can  offer additional help after the course is completed if necessary.

What kind of reactions do you generally get from people who attend these courses?

People say they appreciate the flexibility of this approach and like learning about the full capabilities of our software. They also like the fact that I can help them a bit even after the course is over. This helps them to move forward with their projects and put into practice what they’ve learned .

Click here for full course details, dates and online registration

Conference agenda nearly full as early-bird registration nears end (Friday!)

Joan PhaupPosted by Joan Phaup

As we zero in on the first early-bird registration deadline for the Questionmark 2012 Users Conference this Friday, I’m pleased to report that the agenda is nearly full.

The line-up may change somewhat between now and March 20 – 23, when we convene at the Ritz Carlton New Orleans, but here’s an outline of what’s in store.

Before the conference gets rolling, there are two optional full-day workshops to choose from on Tuesday, March 20:

During her presentation, Look Before You Leap: What You Measure is What You Get. our keynote speaker, Dr. Jane Bozarth, will include tips on planning assessments with clear objectives and outcomes.

Here’s the current list of breakouts, which you explore in detail within the conference agenda:

Questionmark Features & Functions

  • Introduction to Questionmark Perception for Beginners
  • Answers to Windows Authoring FAQs
  • Using Questionmark Live for Surveys and Course Evaluations
  • Reporting and Analytics: Understanding and sharing assessment results
  • Deploying Questionmark Perception 5.4
  • Questionmark Live Bring-your-own-laptop Tutorial
  • Customizing the Participant Interface

Case Studies

  • An Architect’s Approach to Questionmark Assessment Development: How to Architect, Design and Implement an Efficient Assessment-Building Process
  • How e-Testing is Improving Assessment for the U.S. Coast Guard
  • The Net Promoter Score (NPS) Question Type
  • Analysis of Examination Time Data at the Question- and Person-Specific Level with Perception
  • The Big Switch: Moving Training and Assessment to Mobile Devices
  • Using Questionmark to Answer Business Questions Related to Your Work Processes
  • Installation and Deployment of Perception over the U.S. Navy’s Internet

Best Practices

  • Applying the Principles of Item and Test Analysis to Your Assessment Program
  • Timing is Everything : Using psychology research to make your assessments more effective
  • Alignment, Impact and Measurement with the A-model
  • Instructional Design for the Real World
  • Using Captivate and Flash Simulations in eLearning and Assessments
  • Using Web Services to Integrate with Questionmark Perception

Discussions

  • Proctored versus non-proctored: How does assessment setting affect student achievement on web-based assessments?
  • Managing Assessment Security as the Stakes are Getting Higher Test Defensibility
  • Using the Angoff Method to Set Cut Scores

Drop-in Demos

  • Delivering Assessments to Mobile Devices
  • What’s New in Perception 5.3 and 5.4?

Register for the conference by December 9th to save $200!

Questions? Email conference@questionmark.com. We’re happy to help!

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