June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Computers in Education
The impact of developing high quality software in today’s society cannot be under estimated. Most systems used in everyday life contain software; these systems include mobile phones, automobiles, and medical devices, among others. One approach to ensuring the quality of software during development is continuous testing of the software using the appropriate testing techniques and testing tools. Although testing is key to developing high quality software, many academic institutions that teach computer science do not teach any quality assurance or software testing courses in their undergraduate or graduate curricula.
In this paper we describe a cyberlearning tool that helps students and instructors to learn various software testing techniques and testing tools. We also report on the results of a 4-year project that aimed to (1) train instructors in the use of various software testing techniques and tools, and (2) support pedagogy by using the cyberlearning tool to expose students to several software testing techniques and testing tool tutorials. The project was a collaborative effort between Florida International University, Alabama A&M University, Miami University, and North Dakota State University.
The tool developed and used during the project is WReSTT-CyLE – Web-Based Repository of Software Testing Tutorials: a Cyberlearning Environment (http://wrestt.cis.fiu.edu/). WResTT-CyLE contains a set of learning objects and tool tutorials on software testing. WReSTT-CyLE also uses a combination of learning and engagement strategies (LESs) to get students more involved in learning the testing concepts contained in the learning objects and reviewing the content of the tool tutorials. These LESs include collaborative learning, gamification and social interaction. The paper will: (1) briefly introduce WReSTT-CyLE and report on the usage data capture during the project; (2) report on the instructor workshops that were held during the project; (3) report on the results of instructor surveys conducted at the workshops and after the workshops; and (4) report on student surveys conducted during the course of the project.
Clarke, P. J., & Davis, D. L., & Chang Lau, R., & Fu, Y., & Kiper, J. D., & Walia, G. S. (2017, June), Using WReSTT Cyberlearning Environment in the Classroom Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/29095
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