Questionmark White Paper Explores the Use of Assessments in SharePoint

Surveys, quizzes and tests involve learners directly with online content

Joan Phaup

Norwalk, CT – June 21, 2011 – A new white paper from assessment technologies and services provider Questionmark explores how assessments can be used within Microsoft SharePoint to support activities in learning, education, training and compliance.

Learning and Assessment on SharePoint discusses the increasing use of SharePoint, a widely used tool for creating collaborative Web sites for education, training and compliance. The paper cites the growing recognition that people learn more from experience and from other people than they do from formal study. It explains how many different types of assessments can be used within SharePoint to provide retrieval practice, motivate learners and measure knowledge, skills and attitudes.

The free, 20-page paper shows how to include assessments within SharePoint, either by embedding them in a page or by presenting a list of assessments for a participant to click on. The paper also describes how diagnostic, formative, needs, reaction and summative assessments can enhance the value of blogs, wikis, information repositories and other online resources.

The paper applies to SharePoint 2010 (including Foundation, Server and Enterprise), SharePoint 2007 (including WSS and MOSS) and Office 365’s SharePoint Online. It can be downloaded at

“SharePoint is used by the majority of Fortune 500 and other large corporations as well as many universities and colleges,” says Questionmark Chairman John Kleeman, noting that improvements in SharePoint 2010 are increasing its applicability to education, training and compliance. “SharePoint’s great strength is that it allows users to build collaborative Web pages and sites easily, without technical knowledge. Adding assessments to those resources is easy to do, too, and it adds tremendous value to them.”

About Questionmark 
Questionmark 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 for licensed, on-premise deployment or as an on-demand solution, enables organizations to create, administer and report on surveys, quizzes, tests and exams. The company’s Open Assessment Platform™ allows developers to easily integrate with and build upon Questionmark technologies using an array of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Questionmark Live, a multilingual, browser-based tool enables easy item authoring by subject matter experts.

Complete details are available at The Questionmark Blog provides assessment-related news, interviews, insights and best practices.

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