4th Annual Workshop on Teaching Software Testing (WTST 4)

February, 2005

Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL



Workshop on the Teaching of Software Testing (WTST 4)
February 4 - 6, 2004 (plus optional tutorial February 3)
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida

Funded by the National Science Foundation, this workshop is concerned with the practical aspects of teaching university-level courses on software testing. The workshop is facilitated by James Bach (http://www.satisfice.org) and Cem Kaner (http://www.testingeducation.org).

Our interest is in discovering / sharing:
- particularly valuable content for the testing course
- examples of effective exercises, labs, and demonstrations
- examples of effective evaluation tools and grading techniques

The main session is a participatory workshop. In the 22 hours of formal sessions, we expect to cover seven to nine presentations. The presenter will speak for 10 to 90 minutes. Following this we discuss the presentation. In past sessions, discussions have run from 1 minute to 3 hours. During the discussion, a participant might ask the presenter simple or detailed questions, describe consistent or contrary experiences or data, present a different approach to the same problem, or (respectfully and collegially) argue with the presenter.

The optional tutorial on February 3 is a short course for university faculty who are teaching (or are about to teach) their first testing course.

Materials shared at the workshop will be posted at the website of Florida Tech's Software Testing Education Research Lab, http://www.testingeducation.org, and will be available for reuse in participants' courses.

We invite participation by
- academics who have experience teaching such courses and
- practitioners who teach professional seminars on software testing.

There is no attendance fee.

We will reimburse hotel room and tax, and economy-class 30-day-advance airfare within North America for workshop presenters.

We will reimburse hotel room and tax for people accepted to participate in the regular workshop.

We cannot afford to reimburse expenses for people who are accepted primarily to attend the tutorial. These attendees are welcome to attend the main workshop as well, but at their own expense.

Participation in the workshop is by invitation based on a proposal. The workshop is limited to 15 participants, plus up to 5 tutorial participants.

TO ATTEND AS A PRESENTER: Please send a proposal BY DECEMBER 15, 2004 to Cem Kaner <kaner@cs.fit.edu> that identifies who you are, what your background is, what you would like to present, how long the presentation will take, any special equipment needs, and what written materials you will provide. Along with traditional presentations, we are willing to consider proposed activities and interactive demonstrations.

Proposals should be between two and four pages long. After acceptance, they will be posted to www.testingeducation.org. Thus, a web-based format is preferred. We can publish text, HTML and PDF. We can also generate PDF from MS Word and Open Office files.

We review proposals in terms of their contribution to knowledge of *how to teach* software testing. Proposals that present a purely theoretical advance in software testing, with little or weak ties to teaching and application, will not be accepted.

By submitting your proposal, you agree that, if we accept your proposal, you will submit a scholarly paper for discussion at the workshop by January 16, 2004. Workshop papers may be of any length and follow any standard scholarly style. We will post these at http://www.testingeducation.org by January 28, for workshop participants to review before the workshop.

TO ATTEND AS A NON-PRESENTING PARTICIPANT OR AS A TUTORIAL PARTICIPANT: Please send a message by BY DECEMBER 15, 2004 to Cem Kaner <kaner@cs.fit.edu> that describes your background and your interest in teaching software testing.

We will review all proposals and messages on a rolling basis. We may fill the workshop before or after December 15. The website, http://www.testingeducation.org will indicate when the workshop has been filled.

In addition to the formal sessions, participants are willing to join us (with guest(s)) for a pay-your-own-way dinner on the evening of February 3.

Cem Kaner, Professor of Software Engineering
Director, Center for Software Testing Education & Research
Florida Institute of Technology, 150 West University Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32901.
Senior author of
Lessons Learned in Software Testing
Testing Computer Software, and
Bad Software: What to Do When Software Fails.