There is a buzz in the uTest community about the launch of uTest University, a single source for testers of all experience levels to access free training resources. We designed uTest University in consultation with testers and trainers in the QA industry to educate testers about what’s new and what’s next in the world of application testing. uTest University includes courses that teach everything from basics to best practices and techniques to tools, as well as rich discussions about career and skill development. The goal of uTest University is to provide modern training resources for testers and contribute to the art and science of software testing.
uTest University represents the first formal expansion of what uTest is offering for our tester community since the company announced last month that it will change its name to Applause. The uTest name will live on for the purpose of celebrating testers and testing in the form of an open source-esque community, the purpose of which will be to promote the many disciplines that contribute to testing and quality assurance.
“Launching uTest University is an exciting milestone for us and for testers – both inside and outside our current community,” said uTest Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer Matt Johnston. “We want to help advance the craft of testing in the way that Spiceworks has for IT professionals, and Stack Overflow has for developers. As we expand the uTest offering beyond paid testing projects, we will create a full-service hub for everything test and QA professionals need in order to learn, earn, network and elevate testing in the apps economy.”
During uTest University’s beta phase we received some great feedback from the tester community which is reflected in the new site design. While the coming months will see the rollout of additional programs, features and courses, today’s public launch includes:
- Relevant courses and frequent content additions - Since courses will be authored by both professional instructors and uTest community members, the content will be relevant and current. Testers can also request specific courses that would be beneficial to their focus.
- Dynamic Q&A – In addition to course material that’s readily available, testers will have the ability to ask targeted questions with answers provided by both instructors and fellow members of the community. Most importantly, the answers will be vetted to provide the best available response. The format will be similar to Quora, StackOverflow and other crowdsourced solution providers.
- Expert Reviews – These reviews are dedicated case studies that provide in-depth analysis on real-world testing challenges and detailed walkthroughs of proposed solutions. For example, a uTest Test Team Lead may review voluntarily-submitted bug reports and provide focused feedback on areas of strengths and recommendations for improvement.
- Events Calendar – Testers will be able to stay aware of university events, live webinars and release dates for new content and courses.
- Recommended courses – At the bottom of each course, testers will find a listing of other recommended course material related to the course they’re reviewing.
As many of our long time testers know, the blueprint for uTest University was established years back by the creation of uTest’s help topics, training and peer learning through the uTest Forums. Then, like now, the intent was to create and encourage inclusive and comprehensive knowledge sharing for QA professionals. uTest University relies on the input we receive from our community members and this feedback will be one of the cornerstones of the university as we continue to enhance the course content.