Special Briefing: Cloud-based Assessment Management for Government and Defense Agencies

Posted by Kristin Bernor

In just two weeks, the special briefing about Questionmark OnDemand for Government, a new cloud-based service dedicated to the needs of U.S. governmental and defense agencies, takes place. You don’t want to miss it!

Join us on Thursday, May 17th in Washington, DC, to learn about how this new service enables agencies to securely author, deliver and analyze assessments, and hear from dynamic speakers including:

  • Jono Poltrack, contributor to the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) while at Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL)
  • Ted Stille, Department of State, will discuss the agency’s motivations and experience as project sponsor for Questionmark OnDemand for Government
  • Christina McGhee, Schellman audit team, will discuss the 3PAO role in the FedRAMP authorization process
  • Zaree Singer, FedRAMP PMO Support, will explain the FedRAMP ATO approval process
  • Ganesh Shenbagaraman, Microsoft, will discuss Microsoft Azure’s government cloud service

Space is limited, so register today! Here’s how:

Questionmark has finalized its FedRAMP System Security Plan and this plan, which documents our security systems and processes, is now being reviewed by an accredited FedRAMP Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO); this means that we are officially in audit. Once this document has been audited it becomes part of the FedRAMP library for Security Officers to review and provide individual agencies with an “Authorization to Operate” (ATO). Note: Briefing attendees will be eligible to receive a pre-release copy of the FedRAMP System Security Plan.

Questionmark is widely deployed by U.S. governmental and defense agencies to author, deliver and report on high-stakes advancement exams, post-course tests for distance learning, job task analysis, medical training and education, competency testing, course evaluations and more. For government agencies currently using the on-premise installed Questionmark Perception, OnDemand for Government provides a cost-effective option to upgrade to a secure, best-in-class cloud-based assessment management system.

We look forward to seeing you in Washington for a morning of learning and networking!

Briefings & User Groups Set for Bethesda, Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles

Joan PhaupPosted by Joan Phaup

If you find yourself in the Washington, D.C., Ft. Lauderdale or Los Angeles areas during the next few weeks, you may have some great learning and networking opportunities in store.

Questionmark Breakfast Briefings and User Group Meetings are scheduled in Bethesda, Maryland, on October 21st, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on October 26th and Agoura Hills, near Los Angeles, on November 9th.  The briefings will take place in the morning, with current Questionmark users gathering for lunch and in-depth discussions right after each briefing.

Beginners can get a general introduction to Questionmark Perception at the Breakfast Briefings, which will also show participants how to:

  • streamline how subject matter experts create and share questions and other assessment content
  • help multiple authors to work collaboratively in developing and managing content
  • leverage mobile devices such as smart phones or the Apple iPad for delivering assessments
  • enhance the learning process with quizzes and other online formative assessments
  • conduct observational assessments
  • integrate tests/quizzes in SharePoint to complement and measure the impact of learning content
  • gain a better understanding of your assessment results and how to communicate about them

Questionmark customers who attend User Group Meetings will spend some quality time together over lunch, learn about coming product features and talk in depth with  Questionmark managers about technical issues, best practices and any other topics.

We hope you will be our guest for at least one of these events. If you are a Perception user and would like to attend both events 0n the same day, please register for them individually. Click here for Breakfast Briefing details and registration — and here for User Group participation.

What’s new in online & mobile assessment? Find out at a Breakfast Briefing

Joan Phaup

Posted by Joan Phaup

Our first U.S. Questionmark Breakfast Briefings for 2010 are set for Boston and New York next week, so it seems like a good time to remind you about our annual visits to various cities. Questionmark staff look forward to greeting you at a briefing and sharing the latest news about online and mobile assessment.

Each briefing will include a complimentary breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by presentations and discussions from 8:30to about 11:30 a.m. There will be an overview of Questionmark Perception and a demonstration of Questionmark Live browser-based authoring, which makes it easy for subject matter experts to write everything from individual questions to entire assessments, including course evaluations.

We’ll cover lots of other topics  too, including:

* Delivering a single assessment to multiple devices, with centralized processing of results
* Using mobile devices such as Android phones and the Apple iPhone and iPad for quick course evaluations, observational assessments and more
* Assessments embedded within learning mashups on wikis, blogs and portals
* Integrations of Questionmark with SAP, SharePoint and other systems
* New tools for analyzing the results of surveys, quizzes and tests
* More meaningful reporting on the results of course evaluations

There will be a Questionmark User Group lunch and meeting after each of these briefings for people who are already using Questionmark Perception. User Groups offer an excellent opportunity to talk in depth about new technologies, to exchange ideas and to ask questions and get answers.

Here’s the schedule:

* Boston, MA (Woburn) –  Tuesday, September 21
* New York, NY   – Thursday, September 23
* Chicago, IL  – Monday, September 27
* Dallas, TX  – Tuesday, October 19
* Washington, DC  (Bethesda) – Thursday, October 21
* Ft Lauderdale, FL – Monday,October 26
* Los Angeles, CA  (Agoura Hills) – Tuesday, November 9

You can find complete details and sign up for a Breakfast Briefing and/or User Group meeting by visiting www.questionmark.com/go/briefings.