See you in San Antonio March 4 – 7, 2014

Joan Phaup HeadshotPosted by Joan Phaup

Building on the success of this year’s Questionmark Users Conference, we are already planning for the next one!

We look forward to seeing customers at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, on the city’s famous Riverwalk, from March 4 to 7 next year.

Here’s some of the feedback we’ve received from people who joined us in Baltimore several weeks ago:general session 2013

  • “The conference was absolutely awesome. I can’t tell you how much I’ve already implemented with our assessment process.”
  • “It’s a fantastic place to learn about what other customers are using Questionmark for and bouncing ideas off them.”
  • “The networking was great! I left the conference feeling like a member of the Questionmark family.”
  • “Not going to the conference would be a huge missed opportunity.”
  • “Outstanding!”
  • “I learned so much!”

Mark your calendar for next March! Let us know what you’d like to learn at the next conference — and dream a little as you watch this brief video about our 2014 destination.

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SlideShare presentation on writing high-complexity test items

Headshot JuliePosted by Julie Delazyn

Writing high-quality test items is difficult, but writing questions that go beyond checking knowledge is even more complex.

James Parry, E-Testing Manager at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, Virginia, offered some valuable tips on advanced test item construction during a peer discussion at this year’s Questionmark Users Conference.

The PowerPoints from this session will help you distinguish among three levels of test items:

  • Low-complexity – requiring knowledge of single facts
  • Medium-complexity – requiring test takers to know or derive multiple facts
  • High-complexity – requiring test takers to analyze and evaluate multiple facts to solve problems (often presented as scenarios)

The slides relate these levels to Bloom’s Taxonomy and Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction and offer pointers for writing performance-based test items based on clear objectives.

Enjoy the presentation below, and save March 4 – 7 next year for the Questionmark 2014 Users Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Tiger sharks, dolphins and Texas – oh my!

Headshot JuliePosted by Julie Delazynfish

As we wrap up our annual Questionmark Users Conference, many customers have commented that with so many different types of presentations and discussions to choose from, it’s best to bring colleagues and use the “divide and conquer” method to cover all the bases. It’s been great to see organizations sending a range of employees so that everyone can go to a different kind of session and then brief each other on what they learned.

Yesterday’s keynote address by Charles Jennings gave us a lot to thing about regarding the 70:20:10 framework and the challenge of measuring informal and workplace learning. Incidentally, his column in yesterday’s Training Industry Quarterly picked up the theme of “Extracting Learning from Work,” – something Charles touched on during his talk.

jelliesLive blogs from both the keynote address and the opening general session will give you a taste of what we’ve been hearing about during the last couple of days. And we hope you will dive into the conversation on Twitter, using the #qmcon tag.

Last night we celebrated Questionmark’s 25 year anniversary at the National Aquarium, just across Baltimore’s Inner Harbor from the conference hotel. We had the Aquarium all to ourselves and enjoyed a dolphin show before dinner and birthday cake.

If you were not able to make it to the conference this year, stay in touch with us on Twitter, Facebook and of course, this Blog. And mark your calendar for March 4 – 7, 2014, when we will meet at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, Texas, for the Questionmark 2014 Users Conference!

Look out for pictures on our Flickr page from this intense and always-fun learning event.