- Gabriel Gerber Hornink, Professor at UNIFAL
Gabriel teaches in the Federal University of Alfenas, the public university of the Minas Gerais state, Brazil. Initially majoring in Biological Sciences, he now deals with educational technology and training teachers for using IT in teaching. Through his work, he gained a lot of working experience with computer science, developing software for biological research. Several years ago, Gabriel started teaching computer science students at the university, first focusing on development for web and later on mobile software development.
TestFairy is a mobile testing platform that enables teams to find, report and solve complex problems with their mobile apps, all from one dashboard. The platform includes an enterprise app-distribution solution for iOS and Android apps, and provides an SDK that collects valuable information such as videos showing user behavior, app logs and crash reports. This information is collected and presented in an organized way, in a single, easy-to-use dashboard helping teams to quickly reproduce and understand problems, allowing for accurate and timely bug fixes.
Gabriel teaches a course called “Usability for Mobile”, which deals with how to research a mobile app’s usability. Gabriel explains that during their first year of their studies, his students don’t really learn how to evaluate usability or have any discipline or understanding of this topic. Professors may talk about it a little bit, but not very often. This remains in an academic level, and does not practical information or methods of research, or hands-on experience for the students themselves.
To learn more about this process and evaluate it with both qualitative and quantitative researches, Gabriel works with the students on creating various research methods, to learn how to deal with different types of data: cognitive user behavior tests, process charts, heat maps, etc. Due to the volume of potential data that was to be collected during the quantitative research, they were looking online for a software that can help them carry out this research.
Gabriel uses TestFairy as an educational tool in two scenarios of use:
TestFairy’s most valuable features for this educational purpose are:
Gabriel claims that TestFairy is a helpful tool for the students’ learning experience, and believes it has a very positive effect on their understanding of UX and usability. Since the formal school program focuses mostly on qualitative and quantitative research, he feels that TestFairy brings an added value to the original program, by enhancing the practical aspects of learning about UX and usability. This real life experience will be a valuable asset in the students’ future, when approaching real-life app production and testing.