Question mark Perception Featured in IMS alt-i-lab 2005 Interoperability Demo

Joan Phaup

Stamford, CT – June 28, 2005 – The Questionmark™ Perception™ assessment management system was featured during the demonstration of a new interface between course management systems and authoring and assessment tools at the IMS Global Learning Consortium’s alt-i-lab 2005 Conference.

The interface, developed by the consortium’s Tools Interoperability Group, is designed to provide a standard that would do away with the need for proprietary interfaces between specific systems and tools. The Tools Interoperability Standard will enable best-of-breed applications to work seamlessly together and at the same time promote innovation and competition.

The demonstration at alt-i-lab showed how various commercial and open source systems will work with each other using the new interface. At the demonstration it was shown that it was possible to call Questionmark Perception via a pre-release version of the Tools Interoperability Framework from Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai and WebCT “As a Contributing Member of IMS, and having been deeply involved in developing the IMS Question and Test Interoperability specification, Questionmark regards the work of IMS as essential to the future of distributed learning,” said Questionmark Founder and Chairman John Kleeman. “A standard interface will offer much more interoperability, giving academic institutions more freedom to choose best-of-breed solutions. We expect the demonstration to pave the way for production releases of the interface in the coming months, and we are delighted to be part of this event.” About alt-i-lab and the IMS Global Learning Consortium alt-i-lab is an on-going collaboration of organizations, companies and individuals who are advancing learning technology interoperability. alt-i-lab brings together creators, vendors, users, and buyers of learning technology to evaluate demonstrations, exchange technology, and participate in working sessions focused on real-world interoperability, strategies maximizing the impact of learning technology, and critical examination of state of the art technology. The mission of the IMS Global Learning Consortium is to support the adoption and use of learning technology worldwide. IMS is a non-profit organization that includes more than 50 Contributing Members and affiliates. These members come from every sector of the global e-learning community. The Consortium provides a neutral forum in which members with competing business interests and different decision-making criteria collaborate to satisfy real-world requirements for interoperability and re-use.

IMS develops and promotes the adoption of open technical specifications for interoperable learning technology. Several IMS specifications have become worldwide de facto standards for delivering learning products and services. IMS specifications and related publications are made available to the public at no charge.

About Question mark: Question mark has been producing testing and assessment software since 1988. The Question mark Perception assessment management system allows people to create question files without programming experience or knowledge of HTML. Users can create multiple question banks from which to assemble tests and surveys, organizing questions into topics and sub-topics. They can shuffle questions and answers for each participant and preview sessions to see how they will appear post-deployment. They can present questions with videos, graphics and a wide variety of styles. Participants receive feedback as specified by the test author. Answers are saved to a file for scoring and analysis in a variety of report formats. Businesses, governments, schools, colleges, and universities in more than 50 countries use Question mark software. Question mark has more than 2,200 customers using Perception and is a keen supporter of open standards. Typical applications include exams, quizzes, study aids, diagnostic tests, pre-course skills assessments, and course evaluations. Complete information is available at

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