The India-based software consulting firm QAI is offering IEEE members tech training at a 10 percent discount on courses given by its QAI’s online educational company, EdistaLearning, as part of the IEEE Education Partners Program (IEEE-EPP).
Members can enroll in more than 45 e-learning courses spanning 13 disciplines, including project management, quality management, software engineering, software estimation, and software testing. Professionals can also earn certifications, such as Certified Software Tester, Certified Software Quality Analyst, and Certified Software Project Manager.
Conceived in 2002 to be part of the QAI eSchool, EdistaLearning’s curriculum expanded from software-centric topics to information technology and Six Sigma processes, a business-model strategy concerned with eradicating the causes of defects and errors in manufacturing and business tasks.
EdistaLearning’s most popular program is the “QAI and Dr. Pressman” series, which draws on the works of IEEE Member Roger S. Pressman, an internationally recognized authority on software engineering who sits on the editorial board of IEEE Software magazine. Considered a software engineering guru by many in the field, Pressman has designed a number of educational training courses. The series comprises 19 video software engineering courses, coauthored by Pressman, that focus on software engineering processes and project management, quality and configuration management, and testing.
ONE STEP AT A TIME Each EdisaLearning course is broken up into seven steps. First, the course objective and content is laid out. Then, various scenarios outline how the applications can be applied to real-world situations. Next, the theoretical concepts of the subject are explained. A closing scenario teaches students how to deal with those real-world applications using what they’ve learned, followed by a short summary of the course and a final quiz.
Courses can be taken individually or as a series. Individual courses take about five hours and cost US $100. A series takes between 25 to 30 hours and can run between $350 and $400. Students completing a course receive a certificate.