Questionmark Perception Now Delivers Assessments to PDAs Innovation Makes Quizzes and Surveys Completely Portable
STAMFORD, CT March 18, 2002 Questionmark, creators of Perception
testing and assessment software, today unveiled a system that lets users deploy
assessments to PDA (Palm and Windows CE) devices. Perception users can now deliver
quizzes, tests, and surveys to PDAs as easily as they deliver them to browsers
Assessments have widened in the last few years from the threatening test or
the boring survey to interactive instruments that can help identify training
needs and provide prescriptive feedback. Now Questionmark Perception can gather
information from an individual performing a task, even while they are performing
it. This provides meaningful and relevant data to aid the development of training
and certification programs.
The original idea was sparked by a hospital that wanted to survey patients
at their bed-sides, and then road-shows confirmed that handheld assessments
had much wider applications, said Questionmark President Eric Shepherd.
Today it is becoming important to gather data quickly and easily, and
then present that information in a meaningful way. Now discovering training
needs, how jobs are performed, which tasks are important, employee opinions,
knowledge, skills, and attitudes will be as easy as picking up your PDA.
Questionmark is providing this upgrade to its user free of charge, as blended
delivery is an important part of its strategy. For complete details about creating
and deploying Perception assessments for use on handheld devices, please visit
Sample Perception quizzes formatted for PDAs are available at: http://www.questionmark.com/links/PDA-Eval.htm
The Questionmark Perception login and delivery templates minimize HTML formatting
to accommodate the low bandwidth of handheld devices. To date, the PDA assessment
system has been tested using Palm and iPaq devices. Blazer, AvantGo and Eudora
browser have been tested running on Palm OS and Pocket Internet Explorer on
Questionmark has been producing testing and assessment software since 1988.
Questionmark Perception allows people to create question files without programming
experience. Users can categorize their question banks into topics and sub-topics
from which to assemble tests and surveys. They can shuffle questions and answers
for each participant and preview assessments 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 author. Answers are saved
to an encrypted file for scoring and analysis in a variety of report formats.
Businesses, governments, schools, colleges, and universities in more than 50
countries use Questionmark software. Questionmark has more than 1,200 customers
using Perception, with approximately 10,000 authoring systems installed, and
systems shipped have been configured with approximately 3,000,000 participants.
Typical applications include exams, quizzes, study aids, diagnostic tests, pre-course
skills assessments, ISO 9000 compliance, and course evaluations. Questionmark
is actively involved with the IMS Global Learning Consortium and supports open
standards. Visit www.questionmark.com
for more information.