Integrating with other systems: video tutorials

Julie Delazyn HeadshotPosted by Julie Delazyn

Although you can use Questionmark as a stand-alone Assessment Management System (AMS), it also integrates seamlessly with other key systems – everything from learning management systems and content management systems to portals and scanning technologies.

Questionmark Connectors make these integrations possible.

Some of these, such as the Blackboard Connector, the SAP Connector and the SharePoint Connector, are designed for use with specific systems.

We also support integrations with LTI-, AICC– and SCORM-compliant systems.

You can find video tutorials about many of these connectors in the Questionmark web site. There you’ll find videos on integrating with Moodle, SuccessFactors and Cornerstone OnDemand, as well as other systems such as SharePoint, Canvas, and Ning.

Here is a sneak peak – click to view each video:

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Integrating and Connectors – Moodle

Doug Peterson HeadshotPosted By Doug Peterson

This installment of the Integrating and Connectors series focuses on Moodle. Technically, it’s really about the Questionmark LTI Connector and how it can be used to integrate with Moodle. (We’ll take a look at integrating with Canvas using the LTI Connector in a future installment.)

LTI stands for Learning Tools Interoperability. LTI is a specification published by the IMS Global Learning Consortium with the goal of providing a way for different learning tools to talk to each other and work together. Moodle (a Learning Management System, or LMS) and Questionmark (an Assessment Management System, or AMS) integrating their functionality is a perfect example of the concept.

So far in this series, we’ve looked at using SCORM or AICC to do a simple launch-and-track, and in the case of SuccessFactors, a simple Single Sign On (SSO) from the Learning LMS into the Questionmark Enterprise Manager. This is a very high-level integration. The assessment is simply launched and reports back to the source of the launch. The SuccessFactors SSO requires some manual intervention to set up an admin ID within Questionmark – the connection doesn’t just happen “automagically”. The LTI Connector allows for a much deeper integration.

As you’ll see in this video, once the LTI Connector is configured in the Moodle environment, a Moodle instructor can log into Moodle and add a Questionmark assessment to a course – from within Moodle, without having to have an ID and password and log into Questionmark at all.

Similarly, a student can log into Moodle and launch a Questionmark assessment – again, from within Moodle, without a second set of credentials. Furthermore, an instructor can also use Questionmark’s authoring and reporting functionality – you guessed it – all from within Moodle.

The LTI Connector allows for a deep integration with Moodle, giving the instructor and student a seamless experience in what behaves to them like a single environment, even though they are actually moving back and forth between Moodle and Questionmark.

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Integrating and Connectors – SuccessFactors

Doug Peterson HeadshotPosted By Doug Peterson

In this installment of Integrating and Connectors, I’d like to take a look at SuccessFactors. SuccessFactors is a very popular cloud-based human capital management application suite. It includes modules for succession planning, goals, performance management, recruiting, and – you guessed it – a learning management system (LMS) called Learning (appropriate, no?).

Questionmark assessments can be integrated into SuccessFactors Learning items by publishing them as AICC or SCORM content packages and importing the content package as a content object, which is then included in the learning item. The student logs into SuccessFactors Learning, enrolls in a course, takes in the content, clicks on a link and – voila! – the assessment launches. It’s a seamless experience for the student.

However, our integration with SuccessFactors Learning goes a step further. Learning and Questionmark Enterprise Manager can be connected by a Single Sign-On bridge that allows a Learning administrator to access Questionmark reports directly – no signing into Questionmark EM separately with some other ID and password.

This short video tells the story. Check it out and feel free to contact any of the Questionmark team if you have any questions.

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Integrating and Connectors – Cornerstone OnDemand

Doug Peterson HeadshotPosted By Doug Peterson

In my last Integrating and Connectors blog post, I noted that there are two ways that Questionmark can integrate with other systems:
1.    Using a dedicated connector, or
2.    By publishing an assessment as a SCORM or AICC content package and importing that package into your LMS.

Over the next several blog posts, I will present short videos giving examples of different integration approaches. Let’s start by looking at publishing a SCORM or AICC content package from Questionmark and importing it into an LMS, in this case, Cornerstone OnDemand.

This approach will work with just about any quality LMS available. The particulars of importing and setting up a content package will differ from LMS to LMS, but the overall approach and benefits are the same.


Integrating and Connectors – playing nicely with other systems

Doug Peterson HeadshotPosted By Doug Peterson

You’ve just finished putting together the world’s greatest assessment in Questionmark. You also have the world’s greatest Learning Management System (LMS) installed on your company’s network. How do you get the two systems to play nicely together so that your learners can launch the world’s greatest assessment from the world’s greatest LMS?

At first glance, Questionmark appears to be a stand-alone Assessment Management System (AMS), and while it can certainly be used in that fashion, the truth is that Questionmark integrates very nicely with other systems such as SharePoint, an LMS, and even social networking and blogging sites such as Facebook and Ning.

One way that Questionmark integrates with other systems is through the use of connectors. Questionmark has a connector for Blackboard as well as an LTI Connector that can be used with systems like Moodle. We also have a SharePoint Connector – a web part that you can install in your SharePoint system that allows a learner to log into SharePoint and see and launch Questionmark assessments for which they have been scheduled. I encourage you to visit the Questionmark web site, roll your mouse over Learning in the navigation bar and select Learning Café. Under the Featured Videos, click on see all videos and scroll down to the Integration section. There you’ll find videos on integrating with Moodle, SuccessFactors and Cornerstone OnDemand, with more videos on integrating with other systems such as SharePoint, Ning, and Wikispaces coming very soon.

The great thing about integrating with Questionmark is that you don’t need to have a system for which we have provided a specialized connector. Questionmark allows you to publish your assessment into an AICC or SCORM content package, which you can then import into an LMS that uses the SCORM or AICC protocol (which is just about every LMS out there). The assessment is then a content object in the LMS that can be added to a course and launched by student – from the LMS! Be sure to check out these resources for more information on AICC and SCORM:

Looking back on 2012 and forward to 2013

Posted by Jim Farrell

Wow, look at that. It is the end of 2012, and thankfully the Mayans either were wrong or simply forgot to go beyond 12/21/2012.

Either way, this has been an exciting year in the learning and assessment realm, and the future is even brighter for 2013.

For me, the Experience API stands out as a highlight because I think it will be a game changer. Questionmark has been part of defining this spec as we continue to support standards. For those of you who have been under a rock, the Experience API is the next generation of SCORM led by ADL (Advanced Distributed Learning) and built by a consortium of companies including Questionmark.

The Experience API goes beyond the launch-and- track world of the LMS and allows learning content to send activity statements about a learner and activity to a Learning Record Store (LRS). Here is some background about this new API, formerly known as the Tin Can API.

What I really love is how the Experience API feeds the world of performance support. For a long time, statistics from performance support usage were not used to measure its  influence on solving business problems. In the 70+20+10 world, this means you are likely missing information about 90% of what a person is learning. The Experience API will help organizations determine how informal learning is shaping their workforce.

The other theme I witnessed throughout 2012 is Security. As the world moves to a software-as-a-service (SaaS), cloud-based model, people expect security to be baked into the product. How serious is this concern? Let’s take a look at a blog post by our CEO, Eric Shepherd. In it, he writes about the chronology of data breaches recorded by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse:

As of today the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse reports that 605,719,966 records have been breached from 3,510 data breaches made public since 2005; countless
others remain unreported.

If you live in the world of assessment and certification, these numbers are staggering. That’s why Questionmark works to reach the highest possible security levels levels in our systems.

So, what am I looking forward to in 2013 (besides the Patriots in the SuperBowl)? My favorite part of my job is visiting customers in their environments. I will be working hard to visit any customer who invites us to see how they are using our software to assess knowledge, certify their employees, and solve business problems.

Finally, I encourage everyone to attend the Questionmark User’s Conference in Baltimore March 3 – 6. The conversations and the energy from the conference not only help us look at what we have done; they also help define what
Questionmark will look like going forward.