A Beginner's Guide to User Experience

Course started: Oct 19th, 2013
Enrollment closes: Feb 7th, 2014
Self-paced online course: Each week throughout the course you get access to a new lesson but you can move through the lessons at your own pace.

       
When enrolled, you will always have access to the course material, your answers and the discussions - also after the official end of the course.

Current course participants are from: Google, SAP, Carnegie Mellon, Microsoft, Stockholm University, Yahoo, and more

Practical information
Place: Online (optional physical meetings may take place in your city depending on its size)

Target group: See course description

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Workload per week: Depends on your level of ambition: Between 1 and 7 hours.

 
 
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Course content and goals

Though many factors impact on user experience, the greatest threat is the disconnection between system designers and the intended users.

'A Beginner's Guide to User Experience' aims to narrow this gap and put the user at the forefront of your mind. Equipped with an understanding of the user and their limitations, capabilities and quirks you will be able to avoid the common mistakes committed by your competitors and get one step ahead.

Within this course you will cover

  • Areas of study categorised under the umbrella of 'user experience'
  • The separately conceived, yet converging design principles established over the last four decades
  • Some of the psychology underlying these principles
  • Key concepts within the subject
  • A number of the cognitive processes underlying human-computer interaction
  • The role of visual perception in the viewing experience
  • Examples of good and bad design to help you avoid common mistakes
  • The importance of usability over aesthetics

By the end of the course you will

  • Have a clear understanding of how to design for your intended users
  • Be able to save yourself the effort of endless edits
  • Avoid the design bloopers afflicting your competitors' designs, and...
  • Ultimately be armed with the knowledge to design products that provide the best possible user experience

You will also take away some of the best resources currently available and a consolidated list of recommended reading materials, videos and useful links to relieve you of the task of trawling the internet searching for that vital piece of information.

Recommended background: What should you know?

Regardless of whether you are new to user experience or a seasoned professional, you will gain a great deal from taking this course. The lessons have been carefully prepared to ensure the learning curve is never too steep, whilst always providing you with the means to gain a deeper understanding of the terms, theories and issues being discussed. With our expert instructors providing support throughout the duration of the courses, and beyond, all participants will have the opportunity to share ideas, seek help with tests and enjoy the social aspects afforded by our open and friendly forum.

Please note: You can start this course at any time and there is no fixed time span for you to complete the course. All of the course materials are available to you for the whole duration of your membership and we will be marking questions for as long as there are active members. Therefore, even if you are the only course taker at one time we will still mark all of your questions. There is no specific date for the release of course certificates, instead you will receive a course certificate when you have answered every question from all lessons within the course.

Lesson 0

Welcome and Introduction

Available from: Oct 19th, 2013
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Lesson 1

User Experience: An Introduction and Key Concepts

Available from: Oct 26th, 2013
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Lesson 2

User Interface Design Guidelines

Available from: Nov 2nd, 2013
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Lesson 3

The Gestalt Principles of Perceptual Organisation

Available from: Nov 9th, 2013
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Lesson 4

Visual Perception and Colour Vision

Available from: Nov 23rd, 2013
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Lesson 5

Usability Considerations

Available from: Nov 30th, 2013
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Lesson 6

User Error: Who is to blame?

Available from: Dec 7th, 2013
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Lesson 7

Usability Testing and Evaluation

Available from: Dec 14th, 2013
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Lesson 8

Inspection Methods: Practice and Application

Available from: Jan 7th, 2014
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Lesson 9

Usability Testing: Practical Application

Available from: Jan 23rd, 2014
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Lesson 10

Course Certificate, Final Networking, and Course Wrap-up

Available from: Feb 7th, 2014
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Get Course Certificate

You will get a course certificate once you have completed the course - even if you finish the course after the official end date (Feb 7th, 2014). In other words, as long as you have enrolled in the course you will always be able to finish it and to get a course certificate. You will also have permanent access to the course material, your answers and the discussions.

To be eligible for a Course Certificate you must have been awarded at least 70% of the total number of points for this course.

 
 
 

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