You’ve read about the Association for Software Testing’s free software testing courses. Now find out how you can get involved in teaching these for AST, for your company, or independently. This workshop will use presentations, lectures, and hands-on exercises to address the challenges of teaching online: Becky Fiedler, Scott Barber and I will host the Live! AST Instructors Orientation Course Jumpstart Tutorial On July 17, 2008, in conjunction with this year’s Conference of the AST (CAST).

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AST is developing a series of online courses, free to our members, each taught by a team of volunteer instructors. AST will grant a certificate in software testing to members who have completed 10 courses. (We hope to develop our 10th course by July 2009).

AST trains and certifies instructors: The main requirements for an AST member to be certified to teach an AST course are (a) completing the AST course on teaching online, (b) teaching the same course three times under supervision, (c) approval by the currently-certified instructors for that course, and agreement to teach the course a few times for AST (for free).

As a certified instructor, you can offer the course for AST credit: for AST (for free), for your company, or on your own. You or your company can charge fees without paying AST any royalties or other fees. (AST can only offer each free course a few times per year–if demand outstrips that supply, instructors will have a business opportunity to fill that gap.)

This Tutorial, the day after CAST, satisfies the Instructors Orientation Course requirement for prospective AST-certified instructors.

This workshop will use presentations, lectures, and hands-on exercises to address the challenges of teaching online. (Bring your laptop and wireless card if you can.) The presenters will merge instructional theory and assessment theory to show you how they developed the AST-BBST online instructional model. Over lunch, Scott Barber will lead a panel discussion of AST members who are working on AST Instructor Certification.

Your registration includes a boxed lunch and light snacks in the morning and afternoon.

This workshop is partially based on research that was supported by NSF Grants EIA-0113539 ITR/SY+PE:“Improving the Education of Software Testers and CCLI-0717613 “Adaptation & Implementation of an Activity-Based Online or Hybrid Course in Software Testing. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this workshop are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.