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The Questionmark Corporation is a supplier of online assessment software (E-assessment) to educational institutions, public sector employers and commercial companies worldwide. The company was started in 1988 by current chairman John Kleeman. Primary markets are Europe (particularly the UK) and North America. The current CEO is Eric Shepherd.
The company's flagship product is Perception, an application which deploys computer-based assessments through the web or Windows, for online or offline delivery. The company claims to have a true blended approach to online assessment, (however this can be disputed) as assessments can be authored through Windows, the web, or imported from Word or other QTI-compliant applications, and delivered online through web browser, offline on a CD or other removable medium, or even on paper. The current version of Perception is 5.4.
In the UK, many major universities use Perception, and in a recent survey it was found to be a more prevalent assessment engine than Blackboard alone1. Institutions using Perception include Edinburgh, Essex, Oxford, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Southampton, Dundee, Loughborough, Leeds, Swansea, Salford, Bradford, UWIC, Pembrokeshire, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Aberystwyth, Gloucester, Hertfordshire, Thames Valley (a non-exhaustive list). Questionmark's contribution to e-Assessment to Higher Education in the UK is specifically referenced in the 'e-Assessment roadmap' project written by the Open University for JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee).
Questionmark holds an annual users' conference in North America, and an academic symposium in the UK, prior to the Loughborough CAA conference.
Questionmark were the originators of the QTI interoperability standard for CAA question interchange, which was based on their QML language, and were involved in the recent update.
- John Pritchard, Heriot-Watt University to Blackboard/Courseinfo userslist [BLACKBOARD-USERGROUP@JISCMAIL.AC.UK], posted 9 August 2007.