Customizing Questionmark Participant Interfaces

Two-day hands-on training

This in-depth, hands-on course provides a look under the hood at the Questionmark participant-facing interface. This interface includes: login and assessment list screens as well as assessment delivery and feedback screens. The course is designed for users of Questionmark responsible for ensuring that the participant interface: 
  • Conforms to organizational style guidelines
  • Meets user requirements for interacting with and consuming assessment content
The course entails the demonstration of tools, techniques and best practices for customizing the interface templates. Attendees are provided with several opportunities to apply the tools, techniques, and best practices through hands-on exercises that are based on the needs of real-world Questionmark users.

Course Dates and Registration

Dates:Available as an on-site course only - please contact  your account manager for details
Hours:9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day
Breaks:15 minute break in morning; 1 hour for lunch; 15 minute in afternoon

Course objectives

By the end of the course, attendees will be able to:
  • Identify the standard participant interface features and layouts
  • Describe how the QPLA run-time environment works to render a screen
  • Identify the default interface settings and styles, their source files, and locations
  • Perform various techniques for customizing the following on login, delivery, and feedback screens: 
    • Style
    • Behavior
    • Text 
  • Demonstrate how to use: 
    • the “Debug” language for identifying the text elements on all screens
    • hooks for embedding additional HTML on certain screens


This course assumes the student has working knowledge of the following:
  1. Questionmark's authoring environment
  2. HTML
  3. Cascading Style sheets (CSS) ; in-line style rules and syntax
  4. Use of XML editors or text editors for modifying XML documents
  5. Browser developer tools such as Firebug for Firefox and/or browser developer tools

Instructional strategies

Participants are challenged to perform various interface customization tasks. Exercise materials are provided. The exercises have been designed to reflect authentic assessment-related tasks and contexts.