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Learner Reviews & Feedback for User Experience: Research & Prototyping by University of California San Diego

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About the Course

What makes for a great user experience? How can you consistently design experiences that work well, are easy to use and people want to use? This course will teach you the core process of experience design and how to effectively evaluate your work with the people for whom you are designing. You'll learn fundamental methods of design research that will enable you to effectively understand people, the sequences of their actions, and the context in which they work. Through the assignments, you’ll learn practical techniques for making sense of what you see and transform your observations into meaningful actionable insights and unique opportunity areas for design. You’ll also explore how to generate ideas in response to the opportunities identified and learn methods for making your ideas tangible. By answering specific questions and refining your concepts, you’ll move closer to making your ideas real. We’ll use cases from a variety of industries including health, education, transportation, finance, and beyond to illustrate how these methods work across different domains. Good luck and we hope you enjoy the course!...

Top reviews


Feb 27, 2016

Really good course.\n\nHelped me understand the importance of interviews in making a product\n\nHelped me come up with many ideas for a single problem\n\ngave me a 260 degree view of user experience


Mar 25, 2019

One of the greatest course on the whole specialisation. Very well written assignments and guidelines. The rest of specialisation should be like that!

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By Manny O

Nov 29, 2016

The assignments for this course are more hands on than course 4

By Michael K

Mar 18, 2017

very difficult! requires high levels of intrinsic motivation

By Santiago B

Feb 12, 2019

Helpful information, great examples and assignments.

By 鲜核桃

May 11, 2016

I really like this course assignments.

By Ruben E

May 01, 2017

Good course! Learned from others.

By Elaine T

Oct 03, 2018

A very nice introduction to UX


Mar 07, 2016

The course is very good.

By priyatosh k

Jan 24, 2016

awesome tutorial

By Vinod

Jun 29, 2017

good learning

By silvio r

Nov 09, 2016

great course!

By Sam D

Feb 27, 2018

It was OK - like so many other courses in this specialisation it felt like a lot of common sense. I was able to complete the assignments with only minimal scans of the course material and pass all the quizzes without much of a challenge. I have worked in the industry for over a decade though... so may not be the typical student profile.

By Rebecca L

Mar 01, 2016

This was a kind of basic course without enough examples. That being said, the most interesting part of the course is prototyping section. I am looking forward to hearing more about that aspect of design.

By Valentina

Mar 17, 2017

Great video, they should be longer and more detailed though.

Some of the information about these topics were treated in a more detailed and useful way in the introductory course

By Susanne G

Nov 17, 2016

In general it's really fun here but the assignments takes much more time than told and i wished

the focus would be more on layouting interfaces.

By Dave G

Mar 02, 2016

For some of the topics, the Introduction class has more meaningful homework projects. this felt a bit thin.

By Juan P E

Jun 20, 2017

As a part of the whole Interaction Design Specialisation, I felt the material to be somewhat repetitive, and still, very superficial.

As a stand alone course, I think it covers a lot of material but very briefly, so it can't show any depth in it.

The Assignments were interesting, specially the last one, but I think it would have been better if they each build up on the last one. For example, the first one was to plan an interview and conduct a part of it about a certain topic, the last assignment was to read an interview conducted by someone else and analyse the information, it would have been much more interesting to complete our own interview and make an analysis on what we gathered. That way, the assignments wouldn't felt like two separate courses.

By Markus N

Feb 08, 2016

Assignments at times a bit hazy and there is very little guidance. In general the types of assignments do not lend themselves too well to peer review. This is far off the standard set by courses 1 and 2. Lectures seem a bit generic and although Liz Gerber tries to make it hands on, the subject matter really doesnt seem anywhere as tangible as when Klemmer presents it.


Sep 04, 2018

Old & Out-dated course. Take this course only when you have absolutely NO knowledge about UX.

Instead of taking this course I would suggest to read blogs or visit other online training sites.

Coursera needs to bring in new UI and UX courses.

By Mahmoud I M A

Dec 23, 2015

the course is just 5 minute video of an overview of the topic then an assignment,many topics are replicated from previous courses in the same speclization

By Eva S

Mar 01, 2019

Dear Elizabeth Gerber, so sorry but after being used to great Scott's Klemmer style this part is a bit of disaster.

The way the material was presented was very shallow and in style that can be used when talking to kids, and seriously not everyone find not funny nor professional (especially kids pictures that are not really relevant in some cases). Also, I think that there are better business based subjects for nice idea generation assignment than teens' breakfasts.

What is more, attaching some old publications or external links instead of providing good explanations on wast subjects like customer journey map is really not treating the audience seriously. It should be mentioned more in the video if it is supposed to be big part of an assignment after all. External sources are great but not as a main information source on the subject.

By Johannes H M

Feb 01, 2016

Assignments are ambiguously phrased and full of inconsistencies and typos. The last assignment does not provide feedback at all. It mainly felt like sitting in a lecture theatre getting a fragmented overview of the lecturer's work, while never gaining a real handle on the wider context, or what would have happened if an action hadn't been taken/had been performed differently. There was not enough further reading and no discussion of other people's work - such as a dissection of how a company might have arrived at a product we can actually identify in the wild.

Rather than learning how I could tackle any project, I now know how to work on very specific examples of projects - if anything was to deviate from this, I'd still be clueless.

Overall, the course feels haphazard and badly prepared.

By Candise L

Dec 24, 2019

HUGE waste of time unless you have zero common sense... Complete lack of depth. The presenter speaks clearly and with a good pace, yet the information was so superficial that I really did not learn anything at all. She'd say things like "this is what a persona looks like! This is what it does!" and then move on... I can find better information and understanding from quick Google searches. I watch video lectures to learn in-depth and get explanations, not waste time...

By Rotem A B

Apr 15, 2018

I felt like the lectures were super high level. very very generic. no going into details and explaining how to actually do things. then after short un-detailed intro go ahead and create a day of assignment you didn't receive enough information on how to approach.

i will not recommend it.

By Ryan S

Feb 17, 2016

I can't finish the friggin' course. I can code fluently in HTML, CSS and Javascript, but can't figure out how to upload a PDF assignment here. This student's user experience is atrocious.