Can’t travel to Napa? Be there virtually!

Much as we would like to see all of our customers at the annual Questionmark Users Conference, we know it is not always possible to get there.grapes gray

Here’s what to do if you can’t join us in Napa Valley March 10 – 13: catch selected conference sessions via webcasts.

Register soon to experience these conference highlights online:

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

Sign up for these complimentary conference webcasts (for customers only)

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.

There’s still time to register for the full conference, but if you can’t make it this time around, we certainly hope you will take advantage of these webcasts.

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Have you entered the Questionmark 2014 Users Conference prize drawing?

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Here’s a quick reminder about your chance to win a free registration to the Questionmark 2014 Users Conference in San Antonio March 4 – 7.

The prize also includes  a $50 food service gift certificate from The Grand Hyatt San  Antonio.

If you haven’t done so already, why not join in the fun?

Here’s all you have to do:

  • Log onto Facebook and “Like” the Questionmark Facebook Page. (Don’t worry if you have already liked us. You have already done this step!)
  • Click on our Facebook  banner (pictured below) and post on it a reply to this question:  “Why would you like to attend the Questionmark Users Conference?”

Take these simple steps by December 1st to enter the drawing! Not on Facebook? Have other questions? Click here to read the sweepstakes rules.

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European Conference Close Up: What sessions interest you most?

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With so many great sessions planned for the Questionmark 2013 European Users Conference in Barcelona November 10 – 12, now is the perfect time to check out the conference agenda and sign up.

The program is set to cover a wide array of topics and I thought I’d summarise one from each of the conference tracks.

Features & Functions: Customising the Participant InterfaceEUCOnf1

Knowing how to add your logo to participant login screens and assessments and customising the styles and behaviours used in assessment templates are just some of the  exciting things you get to learn in this session. For many, ensuring that the participant interface conforms to organisational style guidelines is very important. So if you want to learn about techniques and best practices for customising the interface templates, I’d definitely recommend this session!

Case Study: Using a Blended Test Delivery Model to Drive Strategic Success for SAP Certification

“Author once, deliver anywhere.” This is a major strategic initiative of SAP. And in a genuinely global company, certification needs to be done for people in a variety of geographies and languages. In this session you’ll hear about experiences of delivering the same exams through various delivery channels globally.euconf2

Best Practice: Assessment Feedback – What Can We Learn From Psychology Research?

Retaining knowledge and applying what you learn is something that applies to every individual no matter the industry. We all forget a surprising amount of what we learn, but quizzes and tests can force you into practicing retrieving, making it more likely for things to stick in your mind. John Kleeman, Questionmark’s founder and chairman, will lead this fascinating best practice session providing actionable ideas you can apply to your Questionmark assessments to improve retention.

Bonus Sessions & Demos: Tips for Delivering Your Assessments to Mobile Deviceseuconf3

With an ever-growing mobile world, we’re seeing more and more people using mobile devices for assessment, and exploring the potential of tablets for “mobile test centres”. This means the ability to reach millions of people anytime, anywhere. It is changing the way we test by making it possible to gather information and get results on the spot. This presentation will showcase Inlea’s recent use of mobile assessments and the benefits it has brought to their organisation, as well as providing useful pointers on designing tests for small screens.

I look forward to meeting you next month in Barcelona.

Click here to register

Keynote for Questionmark 2012 Users Conference: Dr. Jane Bozarth

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With our European counterparts having recently wound down their conference in Brussels, we are revving up for the 2012 Users Conference in New Orleans March 20 – 23!

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Dr. Jane Bozarth

Our first major announcement is that Dr. Jane Bozarth, Elearning Coordinator for the State of North Carolina, will be our keynote speaker!

Jane’s talk, Look before You Leap: What You Measure is What You Get, will emphasize the importance of planning quizzes and tests with solid objectives and clear outcomes in mind. She will demonstrate the ways in which assessments can fail to measure the right things, and she will share some tips for improving assessments by building them right into the design of a learning program.

Jane holds a M.Ed. in Training and Development/Technology in Training and a doctorate in Training and Development. She is a popular conference speaker and has written several books including From Analysis to Evaluation: Tools, Tips, and Techniques for Trainers. Jane also writes Learning Solutions Magazine’s popular Nuts and Bolts column.

Online registration is now open, with savings of $200 for those who register by December 9. Group discounts are available, too, so be sure to invite your colleagues to join you!

Experienced Questionmark users please note: The conference call for proposals is open through October 28. Case study and peer discussion proposals are rolling in, and we’d like to receive one from you, too!

Brussels-bound for a full conference programme 9th – 11th October

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In less than two weeks, Questionmark users will gather in Brussels for the Questionmark European Users Conference.

Delegates will enjoy a full programme, with lots of choices  — from case studies to presentations about best practices and training sessions on the use of Questionmark technologies.

Networking opportunities will include our hot n’ happening “Speak Easy” evening event.  If you are attending the conference, get your lucky charms ready for a big night out!

Here’s the complete conference line-up. Click here for details about all these sessions: 

General Sessions:

  • Conference Kick-off and Opening General Session
  • Assessment Security : The Stakes are Getting Higher

Tech Training

  • Introduction to Questionmark Perception for Beginners
  • Using Questionmark Reporting and Analytics Tools
  • Methods for Integrating Perception with Other Systems
  • Planning your Migration from Perception v4 to v5
  • Customising the Participant Experience
  • Delivering Assessments to Mobile Devices

Case Studies

  • Practical Tips for Sustainable Large scale e-Assessment – University of Bradford
  • Deploying Questionmark Perception v5 Globally at HSBC
  • Automated testing of assessment delivery performance using JMeter –  Rotterdam University of Applied Science
  • Extended Essay Editor – Complete process for managing both Question and Answers – Nocada IT-Konsult  and IT-Arkitekterna Västerås
  • Online Assessment at the University of Graz
  • e-Assessment in Dental Radiology: observing the future – University of Dundee
  • Deploying and Using a Blackboard-integrated Questionmark Module Evaluation System- University of Glamorgan
  • Questionmark can be more than Questionmark: Connections, integrations and optimising the deployment – ECABO
  • Using Questionmark to create and mark paper-based exams – Harper Adams University College
  • User attitudes towards online testing at Aberystwyth University

Best Practices

  • Using Save as you Go? Technical and other security aspects of test taking – Leen Vegter, Stoas
  • Using “Regular Expressions” when Importing Questions from a Word or Excel Document- Gregory Furter,  EMLYON Business School
  • Using the Latest Learning Research to Improve Your Questionmark Assessments – John Kleeman,  Questionmark
  • Using Web Services to Integrate with Questionmark Perception – Steve Lay,  Questionmark
  • Using Captivate and Flash Simulations in eLearning and Assessments – Doug Peterson,  Questionmark
  • Using Questionmark Perception to Make SharePoint an Effective Learning Platform – John Kleeman, Questionmark
  • Discussing successful implementation strategies – Esther van der Linde, HAN University
  • Play the Game Digital Assessments: is your organisation ready? – Michel Kao, HAN University
  • Using QMWise to Customise Questionmark Perception- Mauro Chieppa, Stoas

We’ll also be hosting  group discussions with our product owners about potential new offerings. You can register for the conference online or email euconference@questionmark.co.uk more information.

Coming soon to Los Angeles: A full conference program by and for Questionmark users

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Questionmark users who join us in Los Angeles for the Questionmark Users Conference  March 15 – 18 will be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing breakout sessions. Many delegates will be presenting case studies and leading peer discussions. And we’ve put together product training, best practice and drop-in demo sessions to suit everyone from beginners to power users. 

Here’s the complete conference line-up. You can Click here for details about all these sessions:

General Sessions

  • Opening General Session: Would You “Like” To Know? The Roles of Assessment in Social Learning
  •  Keynote: Bryan Chapman on Assessment’s Strategic Role in Enterprise Learning: Innovation and Trends
  • Closing General Session: The Road Ahead

Case Studies

  • Tiered Assessment Model for Internal Certification (Intermediate/Advanced) – Accenture
  • Applying Diagnostic Assessment in a Virtual Corporate University (All Experience Levels) – PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Dynamically Generating Certificates from an Assessment (Intermediate/Advanced) –  Beckman Coulter, Inc.
  • Questionmark in Medical Education: Planning and Implementing Blended Course Exams (Beginning/Intermediate) –  Loma Linda University School of Medicine
  • Enabling Self-Service Reporting (Intermediate) – Accenture
  • Implementing E-Testing in the US Coast Guard: Challenges and Solutions (All Experience Levels)
  • Ensuring the Security and Integrity of Certification Tests (All Experience Levels) – Philadelphia Parking Authority
  • Using Captivate and Flash Simulations in eLearning and Assessments (Beginning/Intermediate) – Verizon Communications

Tech Training

  • Introduction to Questionmark Perception for Beginners
  • Advanced Authoring Techniques Using Authoring Manager (Intermediate/Advanced)
  • Planning Your Migration from Perception v4 to v5 (Intermediate/Advanced)
  • Configuring the User Experience and Understanding Templates in Perception v5 (Intermediate/Advanced)
  • Authoring with Questionmark Live – A hands-on introduction (Bring your own laptop!) (Beginning/Intermediate)
  • Analyzing and Sharing Assessment Results (Beginning/Intermediate)
  • Integrating Perception with Other Systems (Advanced)

Best Practices

  • Best Practices for Surveys and Course Evaluations (All Experience Levels) – Greg Pope, Analytics and Psychometrics Manager, Questionmark
  • Using Questionmark Perception to Make SharePoint an Effective Learning Platform (All Experience Levels) – John Kleeman, Chairman, Questionmark
  • Getting the Most from a Small Screen: Design Strategies for Mobile Devices (All Experience Levels) –  Silke Fleischer, Co-founder and CEO, ATIV Software
  • Principles of Item and Test Analysis (All Experience Levels) – Greg Pope, Analytics and Psychometrics Manager, Questionmark
  • Using the Latest Learning Research to Improve Your Questionmark Assessments (All Experience Levels) – John Kleeman, Chairman, Questionmark
  • Writing High-quality Assessments that Yield Meaningful Results (All Experience Levels) – Howard Eisenberg, Training and Consultancy Manager, Questionmark

Peer Discussions

  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of Your Training Programs: Metrics and ROI – Farmers Insurance
  • Using Printing and Scanning to Capture Survey and Test Results – PG&E Academy
  • Delivering Assessments at Academic Institutions: An Open Conversation- Rio Salado College
  • Improving Your Workflow: Ensuring smooth sailing from question creation to release  –  U.S. Coast Guard

Drop-in Demos

  • Using Assessments with Social/Informal Learning Tools
  • Perception v5 and Questionmark Live
  • Tools and Features for Enhancing Your Assessments and Reports

We’ll also be hosting drop-in sessions with Questionmark technicians and group discussions with our product owners about potential new offerings. You can register for the conference online or email conference@questionmark.com for more information.