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Easier LMS Integrations for Questionmark Users

July 2013

Connections count -- and we have just made it easier to connect with learning management systems via our new LTI Connector for Questionmark OnDemand, our software-as-a-service platform.

You can connect with us by joining one of our instructional webinars, one of which will help participants improve their methods for designing and delivering tests.

You'll find details about these and other happenings right here.

Kind regards,

Joan Phaup, Editor 

This issue of Questionmark News includes:

  1. New Connector Brings Easier Integrations with LTI-compliant Learning Management Systems
  2. Choose a Webinar -- From Questionmark Basics to Best Practices for Test Design and Delivery
  3. Case Study: Questionmark OnDemand Simplifies Training at a Child Welfare Agency
  4. How Do You Set Standards for Higher-Stakes Tests? Advice from the Questionmark Blog
  5. Questionmark Users to Meet in San Antonio, Texas, Next March
  6. Tech Tip: Allowing Participants to Highlight Question Stimuli and Strike Through Answer Choices

New Connector Brings Easier Integrations with LTI-compliant Learning Management Systems

Integrations between Questionmark OnDemand and a wide range of learning management systems are now easier and more secure, thanks to the new LTI Connector for Questionmark OnDemand. 

The Connector links Questionmark OnDemand with LTI-compliant learning management and other systems including:

  • Moodle 2.2+
  • Angel
  • Desire2Learn
  • Instructure Canvas
  • Jenzabar
  • OLAT
  • Sakai

Questionmark OnDemand users get access to the connector free of charge and do not need to install any software. They can configure the connector in a matter of minutes and can schedule Questionmark assessments directly from their LMS. Learners can take assessments without needing to re-enter usernames and passwords -- and scores can be passed directly back to the LMS.

 Learn more about the LTI Connector 

 


Choose a Webinar -- From Questionmark Basics to Best Practices for Test Design and Delivery

One of the easiest ways to improve your knowledge about online assessments is to join a free, one-hour web seminar led by a Questionmark expert.

Here are details about our two current offerings:

Five Steps to Better Tests: Best Practices for Test Design and Delivery -- Thursday, August 22, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time

Effective tests start with thoughtful planning and require skillful item writing, careful assembly, secure delivery and thorough review.

This session will explain five essential steps for producing high-quality tests that yield meaningful results.

  • Plan: Establish your test's reliability and validity, and identify content areas to be covered
  • Create: Write items that increase the cognitive load, avoid bias and measure what's important
  • Build: Pull items together into a test form, develop clear instructions and set passing scores
  • Deliver: Protect test content, control item exposure and discourage cheating
  • Evaluate: Use item-, topic-, and test-level data to assess reliability and improve quality

Introduction to Questionmark’s Assessment Management System -- Multiple dates and times

If you have recently begun investigating the possibility of using our technologies, we highly recommend signing up for this webinar, which explains and demonstrates the key features and functions of Questionmark OnDemand and Questionmark Perception.

You will learn the basics of authoring, delivering and reporting on surveys, quizzes, tests and exams.  We offer this webinar several times each month, so choose the time and date that suits you best and start exploring the possibilities.

 Register for your web seminar 


Case Study: Questionmark OnDemand Simplifies Training at a Child Welfare Agency

Spaulding for Children was one of the first child welfare agencies in the country that specialized in finding and training adoptive families for the placement of special needs children.

More than 800 trainers affiliated with the agency collect evaluations from learners including social workers, care providers and others involved in adoption, foster care and related services.

Having moved from paper-based surveys to Questionmark Perception many years ago, Spaulding recently switched to the Questionmark OnDemand software-as-a-service platform. This change has freed staff from dealing with technology, which gives them more time to look after their core responsibilities. 

Read the case study


How Do You Set Standards for Higher-Stakes Tests? Advice from the Questionmark Blog

In creating high-stakes assessments, it's important to set fair cut scores. But how can we be sure that the standard-setting techniques people use to do this work properly?

A series of posts in the Questionmark Blog introduces different methods for setting standards and verifying cut scores.

The blog is an excellent source of advice about best practices in testing and assessment. It's also the place to go for news announcements, write-ups about learning research, links to instructional videos and more.

Here are the topics covered in this recent series by Questionmark's Reporting and Analytics Manager, Austin Fossey:

  • Introduction: How Much Does the Ox Weigh?
  • Angoff Method Considerations
  • Bookmark Method Overview
  • Compromise and Normative Methods 

Learn more about standard setting techniques 


Questionmark Users to Meet in San Antonio, Texas, Next March

San Antonio is a great place to visit, and we are looking forward to being there March 4 - 7 for three intensive days of learning and networking at the Questionmark 2014 Users Conference.

Early-bird registration for the conference is now open, and we are planning a program that will give participants information about current and coming technologies, help them use Questionmark technologies effectively, find out how other organizations use online assessments, and understand best practices.

The conference program includes:

  • Real-world case studies by Questionmark users in business, government and higher education.
  • Introductions to new solutions and features
  • Sessions explaining Questionmark features & functions
  • Testing and assessment best practices sessions
  • Opportunities to influence future solutions
  • One-on-one meetings with Questionmark technicians
  • Networking events

Bookmark the conference home page 
Find out what participants say about this conference


Tech Tip: Letting Participants Highlight Question Stimuli and Strike Through Answer Choices

If you are delivering a practice assessment, you may want to allow participants to mark up question stimuli and strike through answer choices.

This means they can note important information or rule out incorrect or non-relevant responses.

To make this possible, you need to install the JQuery libraries and templates on your server and assign the appropriate template to your assessment: either a template for standard delivery or one for Question by Question (QXQ) delivery.

When participants are taking a test, they can left-click to highlight passages in the stimulus and right-click to strike through passages in the answer choices.

Questionmark Software Support Plan customers will find complete instructions, including a link to the necessary files, in this Questionmark Knowledge Base article: 

How can I allow participants to highlight and strikethrough question stimuli and choices?