As we near the end of the year, we’d like to highlight some of the most popular videos we’ve featured here on the blog in 2013.
We have been posting and sharing many videos from the Questionmark Learning Café. There you can find more than three dozen videos, demos and other resources on everything from quick tutorials to complete webinars about best practices in the use of online surveys, quizzes, tests and exams.
The five most popular videos in 2013… Drumroll, please…
We frequently add new videos to the Questionmark Learning Café, where you will find everything from quick tutorials to complete webinars about best practices in the use of online surveys, quizzes, tests and exams.
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:
Learning Café video on Understanding Common eLearning Standards – this video provides some great information on the background behind standards as well as a quick look at the main standards (including AICC and SCORM).
Two web sites that compare the AICC and SCORM standards – one by Robert Lowe and another by Tim Symons. Please note that these web sites are not associated in any way with Questionmark and any opinions expressed are those of the authors.
Since we revamped the Questionmark Learning Cafe last year, I’m amazed to see the number of instructional videos now on view there.
Just looking at videos about Questionmark Live browser-based authoring could keep you busy for a while. Here are just some of the Questionmark Live tutorials that are posted there now.
Authoring a hot spot question
Using numeric questions
Adding multimedia to an item
Versioning and revisions
Creating pull-down questions
You will find many other videos about authoring, delivery, reporting and integrations as well as webinars and best practices presentations. If you haven’t visited the Learning Cafe lately, take a look. You might have some catching up to do.
In case you missed this earlier post, Questionmark has an OData feed that allows users to get direct access to data in their Results Warehouse—the same data source that is used to drive the reports in Questionmark Analytics.
If you have not done so, I encourage you to check out our OData API for Analytics video to learn how to connect to the OData feed, import data and create a simple report.
There are three major benefits of having this access to the Results Warehouse data:
You can grab your data anytime you wish to explore a new research question about your assessment results
You can manipulate those data and run your own analyses or transformations in any way you see fit
You can feed those data into your own reporting tools or many other programs that already consume OData
Of course, the only reason we create assessments and collect data is so that we can make informed decisions, and the data in the OData feed just come across in their raw state.
To help you make sense of the data, we are developing short video tutorials that walk through introductory OData examples using the free PowerPivot add on for Excel.
These tutorials will cover the following topics:
Creating a response matrix with OData
Using OData to analyze the distribution of correct choices in the items on an assessment
Calculating a new variable in PowerPivot using the data from the OData feed
Using OData to generate a list of scores for participants who took multiple forms of an assessment
We will announce these new videos in the blog in the coming weeks, and you will be able to find them in the Questionmark Learning Café.
If you have a research question that you think could be addressed with OData, please let us know! Your suggestion may lead to additional tutorials that will help other people expand their own research.