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Educational opportunities for software quality and test professionals

I’ve often heard people express concern about the lack of educational resources available for software testers. Industry leaders like Cem Kaner and Tom Delmonte have been leading efforts to create more formal educational materials and a university curriculum geared at the discipline. Personally, I’m amazed that courses in quality and software test are not a required part of any computer science degree program.

However, despite the lack of university-offered courses, there is plenty of opportunity to learn and get hands-on experience in improving your skill set. Conferences such as last week’s STAREAST conference allowed for meeting and learning from many of the industry’s great leaders and teachers.

Selena Delesie offered up plenty of suggestions at her STAREAST session, including taking advantage of the crowdsource test community, uTest, who just announced new programs like Crash Course, offering over 50 free courses. Both Delesie and Dawn Cannan talked about the power of social networking and using blogs and Twitter to learn from and network with the experts. And, of course, don’t forget about all the opportunities for learning you have available to you at

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