Questionmark Case Study: Identifying Proficiency Gaps

March 2010

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This issue of Questionmark News includes:

  1. Case Study: Placement Tests Identify Proficiency Gaps
  2. Questionmark Secure Adds Support for Windows 7
  3. Follow the Questionmark Users Conference on Twitter
  4. Blog Highlights: Adding Quizzes to Live Meetings, Managing Translations and More
  5. Give Easy Collaborative Authoring a Try Using Questionmark Live
  6. Webinar Explains What's New in Questionmark Perception version 5
  7. Tech Tip: Providing Calculators and Other Tools for Test Takers

Case Study: Placement Tests Identify Proficiency Gaps

The Spanish department at the University of Houston conducts branched, online placement-and-credit exams designed to measure the different language skills of students entering the department's Spanish for Heritage Learners Program. These exams are designed to identify students’ proficiency gaps by testing them on a wide range of linguistic skills including vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, and oral production.

Read the Case Study 


Questionmark Secure Adds Support for Windows 7

A recent update to Questionmark Secure, which provides a secure environment for delivering high stakes assessments, has just been updated to support Windows 7 and 64-bit operating systems. This new version of Questionmark Secure is easier to install for large deployments, with quick upgrading of workstations in test centers. Also, it is now easier for participants to quickly install or update their Questionmark Secure software when needed.

Questionmark Secure helps prevent cheating on exams delivered online by preventing participants from copying or printing exam material, ‘accidentally’ exiting a test, or gaining access to materials on their computers or the Internet that could give an unfair advantage. When a participant takes an online assessment using Questionmark Secure, the secure browser displays the HTML content of the assessment but disables key functions such as task-switching, right click options, screen captures, menus and printing.

Learn More about Questionmark Secure
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Follow the Questionmark Users Conference on Twitter

Questionmark users will gather in Miami March 14 - 17 for three intensive days of learning and networking. You can keep up with what's happening via Twitter. Look for the #qm10 hash tag to find out what's happening at the conference! 

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Blog Highlights: Adding Quizzes to Live Meetings, Managing Translations

You can now provide assessments within just about any learning environment - whether it's a blog, a wiki, a portal - or yes, even a Live Meeting! A recent post in the Questionmark blog explains how incorporating a survey or quiz into a Microsoft Office Live Meeting can help keep your colleagues engaged and provide an easy way to gather feedback about your presentation.

Other recent hot topics in the blog include:


Give Easy Collaborative Authoring a Try with Questionmark Live

Have you tried Questionmark Live browser-based authoring yet? See for yourself how easy it is not only to author new questions and import existing content but also to share question sets with your colleagues and keep track of question versions. You can create eight different types of questions using Questionmark Live, then easily incorporate them into Questionmark Perception assessments. You do not need to install any software or have any training to use Questionmark Live. You will be authoring questions in a matter of minutes.

With Questionmark Live, you can:

  • Write items in 15 different languages
  • Add images, links, feedback and more
  • Import questions, topics and subtopics from Questionmark item banks
  • Import offline content from .csv files
  • View a question’s full revision history, compare revisions, and roll back to a previous version
  • Share question sets with individuals who are not yet members of the Questionmark Live community. (Once they join, they automatically receive the shared question set.)

Learn about Questionmark Live

Try it Out!

Webinar Explains What's New in Questionmark Perception version 5

Get an overview of the new features in Questionmark Perception version 5 and see for yourself how they work. Attend a one-hour webinar to learn about what's new and what's changed in the most recent release of Questionmark Perception.

Key features include:

  • Auto-sensing, auto-sizing for delivery to different devices
  • Outstanding participant experience and easy navigation
  • Accessibility tools
  • An optional Translation Management System
  • Participant facing software in 20 languages
  • Enhanced security and scalability 

If you're just starting out and are looking for a more general introduction to Questionmark technologies, take our Perception Orientation Webinar. This one-hour session will introduce you to the basic processes of authoring, scheduling, delivering and reporting on surveys, quizzes, tests and exams using the Questionmark Perception assessment management system.

Both of these webinars are offered frequently, so choose the time that suits you best.

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Tech Tip: Providing Calculators and Other Tools for Test Takers

There may be times when you want to give test participants access to a certain tool or resource: a calculator, for instance, or a periodic table. Maybe you are giving an open book test about policies and procedures and wish to make a PDF available for participants to refer to.

Questionmark Perception version 5 makes it possible for you to provide these types of resources. You can do this within the question-by-question (QxQ) template when you are creating an assessment that allows participants to move between questions using Perception’s Assessment Navigator.

Here are a few rules of thumb for providing tools within assessments:

  • Any tools that you use must be web based or accessible via a network from the computer the participant is using. If you are adding more than one tool, each tool will display in the same order as it appears in the template.
  • The Perception version 5 repository comes with a calculator tool that can be enabled or disabled in the template. Other tools can be stored as a resource and added to the repository.
  • You can add third-party tools to assessments, too. These tools are not stored directly in the repository but can be accessed via the Internet or network the participant’s computer is connected to.

Questionmark Software Support Plan customers can learn more from the following Knowledge Base article:

How can I add an assessment tool to my template?