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joan-small2Posted by Joan Phaup

During our recent users conference I had the pleasure of meeting Steve Lay, who is now leading Questionmark’s Open Platform initiative.

Steve Lay
Steve Lay

Steve has extensive experience of open source systems and an in-depth understanding of how awarding bodies, academic institutions and other organizations use and deploy assessments.  At the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Applied Research into Educational Technologies (CARET) in England, Steve managed the transition from a number of trial systems to the University’s chosen online system to support research and learning based on the Sakai open source platform, CamTools. He was also part of a new technologies team at Cambridge Assessment, known in the United Kingdom  as the OCR exam board and outside the UK as the University of Cambridge International Examinations board, or Cambridge ESOL, a leading provider of tests of English for speakers of other languages. And he was chair of the Question and Test Interoperability specification project team (QTI) from 2003-2008.

Our Open Platform Initiative builds on our longtime commitment to open standards that support interoperability between different systems. We already have a number of “Connectors” to portals and enterprise business systems including Oracle and SAP; Steve will help us take this even further by expanding access to toolsets and example code. Our aim is to provide useful environments that foster a spirit of cooperation and collaboration for a wide range of communities.

We are pleased to welcome Steve on board to help us achieve this.