Top 5 Questionmark Blog Posts of 2013

Headshot JuliePosted by Julie Delazyn

We use this blog to share everything from research findings and tips on best practices to technology updates and success stories related to assessment and measurement.

I frequently read and answer comments  from LinkedIn,Facebook, Twitter and Google+ about the value of these posts as well as the ways in which they are being shared and used.

To welcome the New Year, we took a look to see the five most requested posts in 2013. Here they are, in no particular order:

Feel free to comment, share and let us know in which ways these have helped you!

Questionmark Live: Watching the numbers grow

Jim Farrell HeadshotPosted by Jim Farrell

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.

Typically I come to you telling you about amazing new features, but this time I want to talk about the number of items created in Questionmark Live over the past year.

Let me set the stage. We started the year with approximately 30,000 questions being created in Questionmark Live each month.
As part of the team that gave birth to our newest authoring tool, I was over the moon about his strong start. This proved to me that the features we were releasing were helping people build up their item banks. I was excited enough as it was, but then came September, October and November.

September saw or most impressive increase in usage. More than 97,000 questions were created — almost 100,000 questions in just one month.

October followed with more than 74,000 questions –- including more than   20,000 questions on October 16th alone. This is the number our development teams were most excited about: 20,000 questions!  And the system ran flawlessly, speaking to the scalability of the software and the OnDemand Platform.

November proved that the usage was legitimate. More than 121,000 questions were created that month.

It’s clear now that Questionmark Live is the preferred authoring tool among Questionmark users — with ease of use and scalability as its foundation.

You didn’t think I would end without talking about something new, did you?

I can’t resist telling you that you no longer need to approve authors to have access to Questionmark Live. Anyone with a valid Questionmark Communities account can gain access to Questionmark Live. We hope this makes it easier for you to crowd- source content within your organization and write good questions to solve real business problems.

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The Questionmark 2014 Users Conference will include bring-your-own-laptop sessions on Creating Items and Topics as well as Collaborative Assessment Authoring in Questionmark Live. The early-bird registration discount of $200 is available through tomorrow December 12th, so sign up now!

Questionmark Conference Update: Tech Training Topics and More

Joan Phaup

Posted by Joan Phaup

Questionmark users gathering in Los Angeles March 15 – 18 for the Questionmark 2011 Users Conference will have a host of breakout sessions to choose from. The conference schedule is being updated frequently to reflect additions to the program. To date, we have seven Tech Training sessions on tap — some for beginners and others for intermediate and advanced Questionmark users:

  • 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)

These are in addition to a keynote by Bryan Chapman on Assessment’s Strategic Role in Enterprise Learning and concurrent sessions including customer case studies, peer discussions, drop-in demos and best practice presentations on everything from principles of item and test analysis to design strategies for mobile devices.

Tech Central and Product Central offer participants the opportunity to meet with Questionmark technicians and product managers respectively. Product Central focus groups will explore potential new products and features, while Tech Central drop-ins provide the opportunity to touch base with tech support reps, ask questions and check on the progress of current tech support issues.

Participants in this conference are enthusiastic about the value they get from three days of learning with Questionmark staff, fellow Questionmark users and learning industry experts. Early-bird registration savings are available through January 21st, 2011 — so keep an eye on the conference program and register soon!