I was wondering if anyone has any experience using automated testing for web-based e-learning courseware. The company I work for develops courseware to be delivered via the web. It is mainly static HTML, with the client being responsible for the LMS or LCMS. We've never used a testing too, rather, our QA department relies solely on manual linear and functional testing. Would there be any benefit to using any of the popular testing tools that are available, which are mainly for server side? I'm interested in anyone's opinion on this subject, or if anyone is in a similar environment in their company.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
I was part of a 7 person QA team testing a custom built web-based LMS. We used Rational tools and were very happy with the results. Of course, I think the key to useful and successful automated testing is a good test strategy/automated testing framework for what and why you will use automation and what value it adds. Sometimes the value is huge, other times there is negative value as you spend your time messing with the automation and forget to test.
Bottom line, It's not really any different than any other app. Automation can help if you apply it appropriately to your context.