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 – SharePoint

Doug Peterson HeadshotPosted By Doug Peterson

There’s not just one way to integrate Questionmark with your SharePoint portal. There’s not just two ways. There are actually three ways to integrate a Questionmark assessment into a SharePoint page!

For Perception (on-premise) customers, it’s possible to use Windows Authentication to present to a SharePoint user a list of assessments for which they have been scheduled – without having to re-authenticate the user in Questionmark.

Questionmark has also developed a SharePoint Connector for our OnDemand customers. It’s a SharePoint web part that automatically logs the user into Questionmark and displays a list of assessments for which they have been scheduled.

The third way to integrate a Questionmark assessment with a SharePoint page is to embed it in the page. This is great for simple, anonymous quizzes and knowledge checks.

Check out this video for a quick overview of all three methods of integrating Questionmark and SharePoint.

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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:

Building on SharePoint for your learning infrastructure : A SlideShare presentation

Headshot JuliePosted by Julie Delazyn

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!

The Portalization of eLearning and Assessment

Joan Phaup HeadshotPosted by Joan Phaup

Social networking, wikis, blogs, portals and collaboration tools offer powerful ways to increase participation and sustain momentum in learning communities – but how can these tools be blended to create strong learning ecosystems?  Enterprise applications such as Microsoft SharePoint can play a powerful role here, through content management and information sharing.

I talked about this the other day about this with Bill Finegan, who is Vice President – Enterprise Technology Solutions at GP Strategies. He is an expert on  information systems and operations management, with a heavy focus on learning technology.

Bill will be explaining Best Practices for Leveraging SharePoint in your Learning Infrastructure at the Questionmark Users Conference March 3 – 6 in Baltimore. His presentation will help people who are trying to map out their strategy for the evolution of their learning technology as well as technical professionals who are interested in discussing how to link systems together.

How are enterprise portal applications changing the learning landscape?

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Bill Finegan

What we’re seeing in larger organizations is the need to move to what I tend to call a composite application approach (a mash-up), where the different enterprise applications are being linked to from one landing site, one location, one major hub.

This is allowing learners to get to their learning from the company portal site, one consolidated spot. It’s allowing organizations to tie learning into other enterprise applications such as  SharePoint and enterprise Learning Applications like SuccessFactors, SumTotal, and Questionmark — something they haven’t been able to in the past.

I’ve heard you refer to the “portalization” of eLearning. Could you talk about that development?

We’ve seen  it from two angles. One is the Learning Management Systems attempting to make themselves into that overall portal. You’ll see such as interfaces as the latest version s of SuccessFactors, SumTotal, Moodle, etc. They may have a portal look and feel with links out to different applications.

That being said, a lot of our customers are layering products like SharePoint on top of the LMS to have easier operability. Suppose they were using SuccessFactors as the LMS and Questionmark for assessments. They would leverage SharePoint as their intranet. If they had an existing intranet site, they would allow a subpage for learning, to give a more design-centered approach. With most LMSs going to a software-as-a service (Saas) environment, the portal allows a more personalized look and feel while not interfering what you are doing from SaaS perspective  (no customizations, etc.) and allowing for cleaner upgrades and so on.

How can organizations makes sense of all these different possibilities?

By deciding on their approach to collaboration and their overall approach to social learning. Are they looking for a Facebook-type approach?  An Amazon-type approach?  What systems do they want to use, and how do they want to connect the dots? If they have five different systems but don’t want to go to five different pages, how do they want users to get where they need to go?  Do they want to integrate through their LMS? Of do they want to put a portal on as the interface to their systems and use it to provide discussion threads and other collaboration tools?

How do you envision SharePoint, Questionmark and other systems working effectively together?

I view it as allowing for Questionmark functionality to get linked from and applied at a “presentation-level” perspective from SharePoint for notifications of available assessments — and to allow Questionmark to be the assessment engine underneath the portal. The portal would work the same way with other applications. The main learning technology applications become the proverbial “engine underneath the hood,” powering the systems in place but allowing for a more flexible and intuitive interface.

What would you like your audience to take away?

That Questionmark is ready for portalization, that portalization fits in with integrating Questionmark cleanly with other learning technical applications and that Questionmark and SharePoint can fit together in an overall mash-up/composite application approach.

You can learn more at the conference about this and choose from more than 30 other presentationsRegister online today!

How can you assess the effectiveness of informal learning?

Posted by John Kleeman

Lots of people ask me how you can use assessments to measure the effectiveness of informal learning.  If people are learning at different times, in different ways and without structure, how do you know it’s happening? And how can you justify investment in social and informal learning initiatives?

The 70+20+10 model of learning is increasingly understood – that we learn 70% on-the-job, 20% from others and 10% from formal study. But as people invest in informal learning initiatives, a key question arises. How do you measure the impact? Are people learning? And more importantly, are they performing better?

Did they like it? Did they learn it? Are they doing it?In a presentation at the Learning Technologies conference in London in January, I suggested there are three areas in which to use assessments:

Did they like it?

You can use surveys to evaluate attitudes and reactions – either to specific initiatives or to the whole 70+20+10 initiative. Measuring reaction does not prove impact, but yields useful data. For example, surveys yielding consistently negative results could indicate initiatives are missing the mark.

You could also look at the Success Case Method, which lets you home in on individual examples of success to get early evidence of a learning programme’s impact. See here and here for my earlier blog posts on how to do this.

Of course, if you are using Questionmark technology, you can deliver such surveys embedded in blogs, wikis or other informal learning tools and also on mobile devices.

Did they learn it?

There is strong evidence for the use of formative quizzes to help direct learning, strengthen memory and engage learners. You can easily embed quizzes inside informal learning, e.g. side by side with videos or within blogs, wikis and SharePoint, to track use and understanding of content.

With informal learning, you also have the option of encouraging user-generated quizzes. These allow the author to structure, improve and explain his or her knowledge and engage and help the learner.

You can also use more formal quizzes and tests to measure knowledge and skills. And you can compare someone’s skills before and after learning, compare to a benchmark or compare against others.

Are they doing it?

Of course, in 70+20+10, people are learning in multiple places, at different times and in different ways. So measuring informal learning can be more difficult than measuring formal, planned learning.

But if you can measure a performance improvement, that is more directly useful than simply measuring learning. A great way of measuring performance is with observational assessments. This is described well in Jim Farrell’s recent post Observational assessments- measuring performance in a 70+20+10 world.

To see the Learning Technology presentation on SlideShare, click here. For more information on Questionmark technologies that can help you assess informal learning, see www.questionmark.com.