Students of the vocational school №29, enrolled in the program “Information Processing and Software Operator” are now reading a course on the basics of QA. The course was launched for the first time in the vocational school as part of the Lviv IT Cluster Academy project – the Cluster’s education initiative that aims to engage leading specialists from IT companies in teaching technical disciplines.
During the first semester, Lviv IT Cluster involved teachers in courses on the basics of programming, algorithms and data structure, and English for professional purposes. In the second semester, QAGroup joined the teaching process – the company’s representatives created and successfully implemented the basics of the QA pilot course.
This course introduces the world of IT to the students. The acquired knowledge will be helpful in further studying and development in the IT field. After completing the course and its practical part, the students will be ready to start working in the tech sphere as Trainee Engineers.
The course program is intensive – it consists of 10 modules – with theoretical and practical classes. In each of them, students learn new material, do homework to remember the knowledge, and receive feedback from teachers. Together with the teacher, they write test cases, find bugs, and test systems; in a group, they perform functional testing with examples and test mobile apps and games.
“This course highlights essential information on software product development. We want to open for students the world of IT, in which a new vision is created and implemented, and technology is used for the people’s benefit. We practice game-based learning so that every student can fill as a tech world participant. Practitioners not only teach students but also share their own experiences. Our goal is to introduce students to the development processes, business analysis fundamentals, testing, and quality assurance basics. Our mission is to promote their professional development in IT,” says Marianna Nechypor, CEO of QAGroup.
QA engineers, who are currently working in IT companies, are teachers of the course. They share their own experience working on real projects and specifics of teamwork. Some of them once also studied at the QAGroup platform, signifying a high level of training services. Teachers at a pilot course on the QA basics are:
Galyna Kogut – QA Engineer – Tech-Azur
Victor Dziubenko – QA Engineer – DataClarity Corporation
Yanina Zapotichna – QA Engineer – Avenga
Kateryna Kucherova – Quality Assurance Test Engineer – Brainence
Since the beginning of the semester, students have already analyzed the Air Alarm app, written a user story, and trained to work in the Jira environment. This allowed them to try themselves as testers and work out the acquired knowledge on the project that is real and close to them. The course will end with the final testing to assess the level and quality of knowledge and skills acquired by students.
“I really like the Basics of QA lessons. I love the way the teacher explains various exciting topics. It’s easy to comprehend the information. I am very pleased that I’m doing this course. I attend online classes and submit my homework in time. I like this format – a lot of useful information, it motivates me to listen and learn. I’m grateful to teachers for wonderful, interesting, and meaningful lessons!” says Khrystyna Oleksyn, the group leader.
QAGroup (Quality Assurance Group) is an educational IT platform. Since 2011, the programs curated by IT professions have helped hundreds of people start their professional career and grow. The study process is fast and efficient, and responds to market requirements; the education program constantly updates and improves. QAGroup cooperates with IT companies on employment issues. 85% of graduates work in the best IT companies.
The Lviv IT Cluster team is very grateful to QAGroup for its cooperation. We invite other companies to join the systemic changes and improve the curriculum to raise the quality of tech education.
If your company is interested in cooperation contact Oksana Korin, the project manager via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.