Questionmark Users Conference: Here’s the Full Program

Joan Phaup

Posted by Joan Phaup

The program for the Questionmark Users Conference in Miami March 14 -17 offers something for every Questionmark Perception user, whether they are just starting out or have been using Perception for many years. Here’s the complete line-up of conference sessions.

The conference will also include opportunities to meet one-on-one with Questionmark product managers and technicians, and to attend networking events.

General Sessions

  • Opening General Session: Conference kick-off
  • Keynote: Dr. David Metcalf on “Assessments on the Move: Mobility, Mashups and More”
  • Closing General Session: The Road Ahead

Customer Case StudiesMiami

  • Integrating Questionmark Perception and SAP for Employment Testing
  • Streamlined Training and Assessment at NPPD: Integrating Perception with SAP Learning Solution
  • Using Flash and Captivate in Questionmark Perception
  • Questionmark Live: Distributing the Workload and Increasing Accessibility
  • Many from One: Creating Hundreds of Questions to QML Import Using Excel
  • Question Bank as a Knowledge Tree: Sowing the Seeds of Knowledge
  • Questionmark in Dental Education: Why, How and Lessons Learned
  • Establishing a Broad National Certification Network Based on Questionmark
  • Questionmark Perception as a Central Component of a Training Strategy
  • Perfecting the Test Through Question Analysis
  • The Cloud School: Learning and Assessment for Underserved People in Brazil

Tech Training

  • Introduction to Questionmark Perception for Beginners
  • Advanced Authoring Techniques Using Authoring Manager
  • Planning Your Migration from Perception v4 to v5
  • Configuring the User Experience and Understanding Templates in Perception v5
  • Analyzing and Sharing Results with Enterprise Reporter
  • Using Perception for Evaluations and Other Types of Surveys
  • Methods for Integrating Perception with Other SystemsDeco Drive, South Beach

Best Practices

  • Item and Test Analysis Analytics
  • Making Your Assessments Available and Accessible to All
  • Questionmark Live Item Writing Workshop: Bring Your Own Laptop!
  • Technical Standards and Questionmark’s Open Assessment Platform
  • Conducting Validity Studies within Your Organization
  • Effectively Measuring Knowledge, Skill and Ability with Well-crafted Assessments

Peer Discussions:

  • Strategies for High-Stakes Tests
  • Shaping the Future of ADL SCORM: What’s On Your Wish List?
  • Using Questionmark To Facilitate ROI strategies

Drop-in Demos

  • Options and More Options: Different Ways to Deliver Your Assessments
  • What’s New in Perception Version 5?
  • Tools/Features to Enhance Your Use of Perception

Register for the conference and join us in Miami!

Conference Close-up: Assessments That Measure Knowledge, Skill & Ability

Posted by Joan Phaup

I’ve been having a great time talking to presenters at the Questionmark 2010 Users Conference – customers, our keynote speaker and Questionmark staff. I wanted to find out from Howard Eisenberg about the Best Practices presentation he will deliver at the conference on Effectively Measuring Knowledge, Skill and Ability with Well-crafted Assessments

Q: Could you explain your role at Questionmark?

A: I manage Training and Consulting, so I work with our customers to get the most of their assessments and their use of Questionmark Perception. For some that might mean training on how to use the software effectively. For others it might mean providing solutions that allow them to use the software within the context of their current business processes, such as synchronizing the data between the organization’s central user directory and Perception. In some cases we might need to create reports to supplement those that come with the product or do some other custom development. Sometimes we go on site, install the Perception software and set it up within the customers’ LMS and do any troubleshooting right on the spot. Whatever we do, our goal is to ensure customers’ speed to success, getting them operational faster.

Q: What will you be talking about during your Best Practice session in Miami?

A:  Over the years I’ve given presentations on Creating Assessments That Get Results, where I cover the dos and don’ts of writing test items. A question that always comes up during those talks is how to write test content that goes beyond testing information recall…content that tests a person’s ability to perform a task. There are limitations to using software like Perception to do that: certain things simply require that a person perform a task and have someone observe them, so that all the scoring and evaluation is done by an observer or rater. But there are a lot of possibilities for creating computer-scored items that can measure skill and ability rather than just recall of information. This session is designed to give people tools to take their tests to that level. First we need a framework for categorizing knowledge, skills and abilities: what makes a skill a skill and an ability an ability. We’ll help people classify their learning objectives along those lines and look at specific types of questions that can be used to measure skill and ability. The questions that provide this kind of measurement expand upon the question types that are supported in Questionmark Perception—selected response types as well as constructed responses.   We’ll use several real-world examples to illustrate how questions of this nature go beyond recall of knowledge and go to skill and ability.

Q: What are you looking forward to at the conference?

A: I am really looking forward to meeting customers and in some cases reconnecting with customers I’ve gotten to know over the years. That’s really a highlight for me…reconnecting with our great customers. I am consistently amazed and impressed about how passionate our customers are about what they do with our software and how smart they are in using it. Every year, after talking with a customer or sitting in on a case study, I come away thinking, Wow! That was really clever! So I’m looking forward to hearing those kinds of stories again this year.

The conference program is nearly finalized and includes case studies, tech training and best practice sessions for every experience level.  Check it out and plan to join us March 14 – 17 in Miami!

A Warm Miami Welcome!

eric_smallPosted by Eric Shepherd

As you probably know, I live in Miami, but as I spend more than 250 nights in hotels around the world I love it when I can stay at home. This year, I am happy that the Questionmark Users Conference is in Miami March 14 – 17! So much so that I’ve posted some pictures and videos to my blog that I feel capture the spirit of Miami, South Beach and what you can expect when you attend the conference.

This year’s conference will have a strong focus on Questionmark Perception version 5 and new trends in assessment delivery.  In addition to tech training, case studies, best practice sessions and peer discussions, you’ll be able to meet one-on-one with our technicians and product managers and network with other Perception users who share your interests. Miami Green and Blue

We are proud to be making this conference greener than ever. The Hilton Miami Downtown participates enthusiastically in the Florida Green Lodging Program, and we at Questionmark are doing our part for the environment by reducing the amount of paper we use, decreasing the size of our conference notebooks and making handouts available online.

I love living in Miami and think it’s a vibrant, colorful and friendly backdrop for the conference. I hope you will take the opportunity to stroll down Lincoln Road in South Beach during our Monday evening dine-around and that you’ll join us on Tuesday evening for a dinner cruise around the harbor. These events are a lot of fun, but they also have a serious purpose: helping you get to know colleagues who share your interest in assessment and create connections that will help you succeed in your work.

I can’t wait to welcome you to the conference—and I am looking forward to learning together with you. So come on down to Miami and warm up!

Early-bird registration for the conference ends today, so I hope you can sign up soon.

Podcast: Dr. David Metcalf on New Trends in Assessment

 

Posted by Joan Phaup

Talking with Dr. David Metcalf, who will be the keynote speaker at the Questionmark 2010 Users Conference in Miami, is an eye-opening experience!

In his work at the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation and Training, David is constantly engaged in the future of learning and assessment. As a research faculty member, he is responsible for inspiring innovation in the field of learning and performance. And as an independent researcher, analyst and consultant, he guides business transformations for learning organizations.  A recent conversation with David gave me a taste of what’s in store for us at the conference in his address, Assessments on the Move: Mobility, Mashups and More.DavidMetcalf06

The conference will be about the here-and-now as well as the future, with tech training sessions to bring people up to speed with the latest features and functions of Questionmark Perception. Case studies, best practice presentations and peer discussions will round out the program, along with drop-ins with the Questionmark technicians and focus groups led by our product managers.

Our earlybird registration deadline is looming on December 4th, so it’s a good time to get acquainted with  the conference Web site and start making plans for a trip to Miami next March 14 – 17.

In the meantime, take a few minutes to ponder the future of assessment as you listen to this podcast: