Questionmark Appoints Assessment Expert Steve Lay to Lead Open Platform Initiative

Joan Phaup

NORWALK, CT – April 9, 2009 – Testing and assessment technologies and services supplier Questionmark today announced the appointment of Steve Lay, an expert on assessment technologies, to lead the company’s Open Platform initiative.

Questionmark already offers a number of “Connectors” to portals and enterprise business systems including Oracle and SAP, made possible by the company’s commitment to open standards that support interoperability between different systems. Steve will expand access to toolsets and example code, opening up Questionmark’s systems to provide useful environments for a wide range of communities in order to foster a spirit of cooperation and collaboration.

“Steve is a thought leader in assessment technology and has wide and deep experience of open source systems and how awarding bodies, academic institutions and other organizations use and deploy assessments,” said Questionmark Founder and Chairman John Kleeman. “Questionmark has always provided an OPEN ASSESSMENT PLATFORM™ using Web services and industry standards. We are now looking forward to Steve’s assistance in helping us deepen and broaden our openness for the communities that we work with and for.”

Before joining Questionmark, Steve worked at the University of Cambridge's Centre for Applied Research into Educational Technologies (CARET) in England. There, he managed the transition from a number of trial systems to the University's chosen online system to support research and learning based on the Sakai open source platform, CamTools. Prior to that he was part of a new technologies team at Cambridge Assessment, known in the United Kingdom as the OCR exam board and outside the UK as the University of Cambridge International Examinations board, or Cambridge ESOL, a leading provider of tests of English for speakers of other languages. Steve was chair of the Question and Test Interoperability specification project team (QTI) from 2003-2008.

Early in his career, Steve worked in the University of Cambridge Department of Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics on projects ranging from the development of a Digital Desk to the production of multimedia course materials and other teaching support software.

About QuestionmarkQuestionmark provides technologies and services that enable organizations to measure knowledge, skills and attitudes securely for certification, regulatory compliance and improved learning outcomes. Questionmark solutions enable reliable, valid and defensible assessments by empowering subject matter experts through collaborative authoring, accommodating participant needs with blended and multilingual delivery and informing stakeholders through timely reporting and meaningful analytics.

The Questionmark Perception assessment management system, available as a licensed, hosted or subscription-based solution, enables organizations to create, administer and report on surveys, quizzes, tests and exams. Perception supports major standards including IMS QTI, AICC and SCORM to achieve interoperability with other learning systems and content.Complete details are available

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