CALL FOR PARTICIPATIONThird Annual Workshop on the Teaching of Software Testing (WTST 3)
February 6 - 8, 2004
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
This is a participatory workshop. In the 22 hours of formal sessions, we expect to cover eight to ten 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.
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
- academics who expect to teach such a course in the near future, and
- practitioners who teach professional seminars on software testing.
There is no attendance fee. We will pay hotel room and tax for all participants. We will reimburse airfare for the workshop presenters.
Participation in the workshop is by invitation based on a proposal. The workshop is limited to 15 participants.
TO ATTEND AS A PRESENTER: Please send a proposal BY DECEMBER 31, 2003 to Cem Kaner (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 23, 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 26, for workshop participants to review before the workshop.
TO ATTEND AS A NON-PRESENTING PARTICIPANT: Please send a message by DECEMBER 31, 2003 to Cem Kaner that describes your background and your interest in teaching software testing.
We will review all proposals and messages on a rolling basis, with replies in no more than two weeks. We may fill the workshop before or after December 31. 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.