For Immediate Release
Silton-Bookman Systems and Question Mark Corporation Integrate Online Assessments with Training Administration System
Registrar® and Perception™ provide powerful online training administration and assessment
May 22, 1999 - ASTD, San Francisco, CA - - Silton-Bookman Systems (SBS), the Cupertino-based developer of the Registrar® training administration package, and Question Mark Corporation, a Stamford, Connecticut-based provider of testing and assessment software, today announced that Registrar and QM Perception can link together to provide seamless connections to online assessments for training programs administered by Registrar.
The Registrar/Perception solution automates test notification, delivery, scoring and tracking, thereby offering unprecedented control to training administrators. Working together online, the two products can form the foundation of a training department’s automated infrastructure, offering a powerful yet user friendly tool for certification, ongoing assessments or post-class follow-up. Registrar and Perception provide the tools to completely automate the administration of online training as well as tests and assessments.
Registrar is used by thousands of organizations worldwide that focus on instructor-led training. From registration to reporting, Registrar automates the routine administrative tasks associated with processing registrations, scheduling courses and instructors, communicating with trainees and keeping employee training records up-to-date. Registrar provides unparalleled control over routine tasks and makes new levels of reporting and analysis possible. Additionally,
Registrar's unique, flexible design allows for system customization, augmenting an administrator’s ability to track specific data. Registrar offers several add-on packages, including Personal Registrar, which gives learners the ability to register for courses over the Internet.
Question Mark Perception enables educators and trainers to write tests, quizzes, surveys and assessments, with full multimedia capabilities, for use on the World Wide Web. The software features security functions calculated to make testing in on-line environments safer than ever before. Participants answer questions using a web browser, and are then guided to materials to aid their success. A comprehensive reporting system helps educators with powerful information to improve their assessments, training and also survey opinions.
Question Mark Corporation's new Perception Integration Protocol (PIP) has made it possible to seamlessly link Perception assessments with courses administered by Registrar. The PIP interface makes it easy for system integrators, instructional designers, training program vendors, and database programmers to integrate Perception with their systems.
With PIP, educators and trainers can call Perception from another program or use Perception results in another program. They can schedule and deliver courseware, administer a test, survey or assessment, charge for an assessment, and update student and employee databases, seamlessly and securely linking existing systems with Perception. Details about PIP are available at
"The development of PIP reflects our commitment to the development of international standards that will enable educational and training programs to communicate with each other and interchange data," says Question Mark President Eric Shepherd. "We are delighted to announce that it’s now possible to create a seamless link between Registrar and Perception."
Learner & Trainer Benefits:
Seamless integration between Registrar and Perception offers benefits to both learners and training administrators. Learners can log on to the corporate intranet, register for a course, take the course and participate in relevant quizzes and tests. They get instant feedback about their answers and final scores. Trainers can author questions using templates in a Windows 95/NT environment, then store them on a Web server without having to be a programmer. The questions are delivered, in order or randomly, with standard Internet browsers. There is no conversion process from Windows into HTML, so Web-based assessments are easy to write. The connection between Registrar and Perception is completely seamless. Management can use Perception’s extensive reports and statistics for regulatory compliance, improved record keeping, measuring trainees’ progress and enhancing the planning of future training courses.
Rich Silton, president of Silton-Bookman Systems, says effective assessment is essential in a working environment with increasingly intense compliance and regulatory oversight. "With the Registrar/Perception solution, online testing and assessment become an integrated part of the training administration process. Together, Registrar and Perception completely automate the development, notification, delivery, scoring, reporting and tracking of online testing and assessment."
About Silton-Bookman Systems Inc.:
Since 1984 Silton-Bookman Systems has established itself as the industry leader in training management software. Silton-Bookman Systems and its flagship product Registrar has provided over 15,000 training professionals worldwide with the training administration solutions to manage all their training, record-keeping and management reporting needs. Silton-Bookman Systems can be reached at 800-932-6311, (408) 446-1170, or at
About Question Mark:
Question Mark Corporation, which has been producing testing and assessment software for 11 years, is actively involved with the IMS project, which aims to build a new architecture for learning over the Web. The goal of the IMS project (http://www.imsproject.org) is the widespread adoption of specifications that will allow distributed learning environments and content from multiple authors to work together. Question Mark is also affiliated with the Association of Test Publishers (http://www.testpublishers.org) and is contributing to the association’s debate on standards for computer based testing. Question Mark can be reached at 800-863-3950, 203-358-3950, or at
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