Course Description

Web technologies make it easy for websites to become more interactive and behave more like native applications. For instance, content on a website can now be loaded dynamically without the browser having to load or refresh the page. However, mindlessly increasing the interactivity of websites can sometimes damage the user experience rather than improve it. How can a designer make use of dynamic content to improve user experience, while making sure that the website is both usable and accessible?

This course will equip you with an understanding of how the use of Ajax (Asynchronous Javascript and XML) can turn a static webpage into a dynamic one. In particular, we will cover how to use Ajax appropriately, so that you can identify areas of a static webpage that the application of dynamic content can improve. At the same time, this course will teach you how to do so without sacrificing usability and accessibility, and hence achieve the optimal user experience. No technical knowledge of Ajax or coding is required, as this course is more focused on the design, rather than implementation, of dynamic web content. Implementation details are hence mentioned only briefly.

This course has been presented at many international conferences and is built on evidence-based approaches, as well as solid evidence, distilled from over 40 years of experience in the development of interactive systems. The course is taught by the founder and principal consultant of Syntagm, William Hudson, who is also a writer and teacher in the fields of user-centered design, user experience, and usability.

What you will learn

  • How to identify and improve static web designs through the use of dynamic web content
  • How to make web pages more interactive without sacrificing usability or accessibility
  • How to design for progressive enhancement and graceful degradation
  • How to deal with touch-screen devices
  • How to give on-screen feedback effectively

Who should take this course

This is an advanced-level course suitable for anyone who is involved or interested in designing websites:

  • UX, UI, and web designers looking to improve the engagement of websites without affecting a site’s usability
  • Project managers keen on building products that are interactive but also allowing for accessibility across different browsers and devices
  • Software engineers who want to learn how the application of Ajax in their code can best improve usability
  • Entrepreneurs looking to build dynamic, interactive websites that work effectively
  • Newcomers to design who are considering making a switch to UX or web design

Courses in the Interaction Design Foundation are designed to contain comprehensive, evidence-based content, while ensuring that the learning curve is never too steep. 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.

Learn and work with a global team of designers

When you take part in this course, you will join a global multidisciplinary team working on the course and the exercises at the same time as you. You will work together to improve your skills and understanding. Your course group will be made up of an incredibly diverse group of professionals, all of whom have the same objective—to become successful designers. It’s your chance to learn, grow, and network with your peers across the planet.

Lessons in this course

Note: Lessons become available at a schedule of one lesson per week. Once a lesson becomes available, it is open for you forever — you can take all the time you want to go through each lesson. There is no time limit to finish a course, and you always have access to your classmates, course material, and your answers.

The estimated time to complete this course is a total of 6 hours 56 mins spread over 9 weeks.

Lesson 0: Welcome and Introduction

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 42 mins.

  • 0.1: Dynamic User Experience: Ajax Design and Usability (2 mins)
  • 0.2: An introduction to IDF courses (14 mins)
  • 0.3: Please check your information before continuing (1 min)
  • 0.4: Meet your peers online in our discussion forums (6 mins)
  • 0.5: Meet your peers offline through IDF Local Groups (1 min)
  • 0.6: The Timeless Nature of IDF Courses (11 mins)
  • 0.7: Your path towards earning your Course Certificate (5 mins)
  • 0.8: Mandatory lessons vs. Optional lessons (2 mins)
  • 0.9: A mix between video-based and text-based lesson content (2 mins)

Lesson 1: About Ajax

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 54 mins.

  • 1.1: About Ajax (28 mins)
  • 1.2: Ajax Versus Other Technologies (20 mins)
  • 1.3: Discussion Forum (5 mins)

Lesson 2: Perceptual Issues

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 33 mins.

  • 2.1: Ajax and Change Blindness (28 mins)
  • 2.2: Discussion Forum (5 mins)

Lesson 3: Engaging Users

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 28 mins.

  • 3.1: Ajax and Feedback (23 mins)
  • 3.2: Discussion Forum (5 mins)

Lesson 4: Design Goals and Guidelines

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 47 mins.

  • 4.1: Progressive Enhancement (25 mins)
  • 4.2: Graceful Degradation (17 mins)
  • 4.3: Discussion Forum (5 mins)

Lesson 5: Accessibility

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 13 mins.

  • 5.1: Introduction (17 mins)
  • 5.2: WCAG 2.0 Guidelines (23 mins)
  • 5.3: The Future (28 mins)
  • 5.4: Discussion Forum (5 mins)

Lesson 6: Search Engine Optimization

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 27 mins.

  • 6.1: Introduction (22 mins)
  • 6.2: Discussion Forum (5 mins)

Lesson 7: Effective Use of Ajax

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 37 mins.

  • 7.1: Maximize Efficiency (32 mins)
  • 7.2: Discussion Forum (5 mins)

Lesson 8: Implementing Ajax Solutions

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 39 mins.

  • 8.1: Framework Example (33 mins)
  • 8.2: Discussion Forum (5 mins)

Lesson 9: Case Study

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 36 mins.

  • 9.1: Ajax Application (30 mins)
  • 9.2: Discussion Forum (5 mins)

Lesson 10: Course Certificate, Final Networking, and Course Wrap-up

To be scheduled.

  • 10.1: Course Evaluation (1 min)

Industry-trusted UX Course Certificate

You earn an industry-trusted Course Certificate once you complete the course - even if you finish the course after the official end date. 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.

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