User Research

UX without user research is a recipe for bad UX. Great design is rooted in user insights. Develop in-demand skills to become a User Researcher in this bootcamp. Learn through real-world research projects and activities, guided by mentors and instructors.

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The bootcamp is ideal for people from any background or level of experience. Prior design knowledge or skills are not required because you will learn user research by actually doing user research. The bootcamp is suitable for beginners; if you have prior experience in UX or user research, you can opt for more advanced projects and outcomes.

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What Our Graduates Say

Emily Wright

Visual Designer of Installation Art
Through the program, I learned the tools—research interviews, user personas, task flows, pain points. It has empowered me to speak up and say I have the knowledge to make our online community better our members.

Arielle Strakhov

Digital Marketer at ParentsTogether

Arielle Strakhov is an experienced digital marketer who chose the IxDF to improve her user research skills, build her portfolio and transition to a career in UX. Arielle’s new skills have already helped in her digital marketing work and have put her on the path toward an exciting career in UX design.

Adesh Shah

Principal Investigator and Professor at Algonquin College

Adesh Shah conducts research in artificial intelligence and machine learning. It is a very technical field. When he wanted to expand his ability to understand and design for users, he researched his options and chose the IxDF.

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At the end of the day, you’re taking a bootcamp for concrete skills to show. This bootcamp is going to deliver on that.

You’re getting a super high-quality experience and level of education in just about twelve weeks. You can’t beat it!

Brigette LeVert

IxDF Bootcamp Student

What You Will Learn

Module 0: Introduction to User Research

In your orientation week, you will learn about the key terms and concepts of user research at a high level, including:

  • Introduction to User Research

  • The History of User Research

  • Elements of User Research

  • The Process of User Research

  • Careers Within User Research

Additionally, you get to meet your peers and facilitators and will discuss your Bootcamp goals and ambitions with one another.

Module 1: Qualitative Research Basics

In this module, you will dive in deeper to understand how UX researchers work in the software industry. As you finalize the research challenge for your Portfolio project, you will learn about:

  • Conducting Ethical Research

  • Planning a Research Project

  • The Basics of Recruiting

  • Getting to Know Your Users

  • Best Practices for Qualitative User Research

Module 2: Usability Testing: A) Plan & Prepare the Study

The most common research and testing method is the usability test. As part of your Capstone project, you’ll be conducting a usability study on a competitor product. This will give you insight into your problem domain and your target users. To prepare for your usability test you will:

  • Recruit representative participants.

  • Decide which flows or pages to test.

  • Design scenarios and tasks for your participants.

  • Write your testing script, including screener and follow-up questions.

  • Synthesize all your work into a usability test plan.

Your usability test plan is only part of your preparation. You will have to learn by doing, seeking to apply best practices as a moderator and as an interviewer. You will:

  • Develop your usability testing and moderating skills through workshops and pilot testing.

  • See expert moderators in action.

Finally, you will run your usability test and analyze your data. You will learn how to present your analyzed results in a usability test report.

Module 3: Usability Testing: B) Run the Usability Test

With your plan, script, and all supplies ready to go, this week you will conduct your usability study (combined with an interview at the end), and then compile the data you have collected. You will learn by doing, seeking to apply best practices as a moderator and as an interviewer. Here’s what you’ll experience:

  • Usability testing and moderating skills.

  • Running a usability test.

  • See expert moderators in action.

Module 4: Contextual Inquiry

Contextual inquiries mix observing participants in their own environment and interviews. You can observe how your target users behave in their natural context and ask and learn why they do things. and understand their attitudes. Contextual inquiries provide insight into the work processes and daily routines of users. It provides a deep understanding of the context in which your products are used. After your run your contextual inquiry, you will analyze your data by:

  • Doing a Thematic Analysis of Interviews

  • Analyzing a Contextual Inquiry

  • Creating a user journey map

  • Creating actionable personas from your research

  • Creating "How Might We" statements to guide the design process

The deliverables from your analysis will ensure that the design team will "design the right thing," and "design things right."

In addition to planning and conducting a contextual inquiry, you will learn additional research methods that you can use throughout your career.

Module 5: Semi-Structured Qualitative Interviews

Conducting customer interviews is one of the key skills of doing user research. This week you will be learning the fundamentals of semi-structured interviews as you begin planning and recruiting for your study. You’ll learn how to ask the right questions: open-ended, unbiased and non-leading questions that will uncover valid responses and insights from your target users. The lessons this week cover:

  • An introduction to semi-structured qualitative interviews.

  • How to prepare for a user Interview and ask the right questions.

  • Create a test plan.

  • Moderating user interviews.

  • How to do a Thematic Analysis of User Interviews

  • How to Visualize Your Qualitative User Research Results for Maximum Impact

  • Affinity Diagrams, Empathy Maps, User Journey Maps

  • Creating Actionable Personas from User Research Results

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Choose a Time that Suits Your Schedule

We know that life can get busy, and we don’t want that to stand in your way! IxDF Bootcamps run several cohorts per year, and various timeslots per bootcamp class.

Time Zone Morning ☼ Afternoon ☀ Night ☽

Please note that classes will only run if they meet our minimum required number of students. In the case that your preferred time is not available, we will try to accommodate you if possible in either another class or our next cohort.

Our Graduates Work For Top Employers

Project Showcase

In just a few weeks, you will have created portfolio-ready projects to reflect your new skills that you can bring to your next client or employer.

Below are just a few examples of the projects that our amazing students have created. You bring the talent and drive, our mentors and facilitators add some guidance, and great things happen.

Why Choose an IxDF Bootcamp

Pay Less, Pay Flexibly
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Costs 80% less than other UX bootcamps, despite more senior facilitators. The difference? We’re focused on you, not on profits.

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All you need is 8-10 hours/week for 12 weeks. Flexible and easy to fit into your busy schedule, even if you work or study full-time.

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Learn from anywhere—all you need is a computer and internet. You’ll make friends from around the world!

Real-World Learning
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Get feedback and guidance on your projects from experienced facilitators and mentors who are actively working on UX projects and in UX industries.

Job Readiness
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Get closer to your dream job with confidence. All IxDF Bootcamps are based on industry practices, processes and tools to prepare you as a UX practitioner.

Case Study Project
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Learn by doing—at the end of the bootcamp, you’ll have a full showcase of deliverables that represent your case study process resulting in a final Case Study Project.

1:1 and Group Critique
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Learn and grow with your peers in group sessions as well as individually through 1:1 sessions with mentors and course facilitators.

Industry Recognized
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Employers worldwide will recognize your Bootcamp Certificate. IxDF is the world’s largest online design school with 130,024+ graduates.

Price $2,992

Well begun is half done—give your career a promising start and make your way towards a high-paying User Research role! A 1-year membership to 35+ IxDF self-paced courses is included!

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Pay in Installments $750

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IxDF Bootcamps don’t just lead the industry in affordability—when it comes to all other aspects of the bootcamp experience, we’re at par (and sometimes ahead) of others. All this while continuing to provide you with high quality at low costs.

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