Becoming a BBST Instructor

Instructors in the BBST project are software testing professionals. To qualify as a course instructor, prospective candidates must:

  • successfully complete the course they wish to teach
  • complete an instructor training course
  • work as an assistant instructor during several teachings of the same course – with  an increasing level of responsibility each time
  • be recommended as a qualified lead instructor by other lead instructors.

Instructor Training Course

Contact Kaner, Fiedler, & Associate, LLC for custom instructor training to bring the BBST courses to your company.


The following videos are used throughout the Instructor Training course.

Slide deck for all videos [pdf]

Lecture 1A: Introduction to the AST Instructor Apprentice Model

The BBST online courses were developed in conjunction with the Association for Software Testing. In the time we taught these courses, we developed an apprenticeship model to help professional software testers become effective online instructors. This is how that model works.

Lecture 1B: BBST Overview

In this presentation, Fiedler offers a broad overview of the BBST project and how it has evolved over the years.

Lecture 1C: Testing and Teaching Philosophy

This presentation shares a bit about the underlying software testing philosophy that guides our approach to the field. In addition, the presentation introduces you to some of the learning theories and perspectives that guided the development of the BBST courses.

Lecture 1D: BBST Course Model

In this lecture, Fiedler explains why the various components are included in the BBST courses and how they all fit together.

Lecture 2A: Instructor Responsibilities

Teaching an online course requires you to pay attention to a lot of details. In this presentation, the focus is primarily on pre-course setup and post-course wrap-up.

Lecture 2B : Course Management

This presentation provides a review of the instructor’s responsibilities – especially as they relate to course management.

Lecture 3: Communication in the Online Classroom

An instructor needs excellent communication skills to make the online classroom seems warm and friendly. This presentation shares ideas to help you set the right tone.

Lecture 4: Feedback for Better Student Performance

Providing students with constructive feedback is an essential component of the online teacher’s interactions with students. This presentation discusses a model and strategies to provide feedback focusing on improving student performance.

Lecture 5: Assessment and Grading

This brief lecture focuses on creating tools to help the online instructor provide consistent assessments to students.

Additional Resources

Qualified instructors have access to supplemental instructional support materials including Instructor Manuals, grading guidelines, sample answers, and other valuable resources by affiliating with the Association for Software Testing (AST) or AST-accredited training providers.

Kaner, Fiedler, & Associates, LLC, creators of the BBST courses, can teach courses for your company or help you develop in-house expertise for professional development.