User Experience Research and Design Specialization

Starts Nov 26

User Experience Research and Design Specialization

Begin your journey in UX Research and Design . Gain a solid foundation in UX Research and Design to create great products and advance your career.

About This Specialization

Integrate UX Research and UX Design to create great products through understanding user needs, rapidly generating prototypes, and evaluating design concepts.Learners will gain hands-on experience with taking a product from initial concept, through user research, ideation and refinement, formal analysis, prototyping, and user testing, applying perspectives and methods to ensure a great user experience at every step.

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6 courses

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Projects

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Projects Overview

Courses
Beginner Specialization.
No prior experience required.
  1. COURSE 1

    Introduction to User Experience Principles and Processes

    Upcoming session: Nov 26
    Commitment
    6 weeks, 2-4 hours per week
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    This UX course provides an introduction to the fields of UX research and design. Learners will gain an understanding of what is involved in UX research, including conducting interviews, evaluating systems, and analyzing systems using princ
  2. COURSE 2

    Understanding User Needs

    Upcoming session: Nov 26
    Commitment
    5 weeks, 4-8 hours per week
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    Designing effective interactive systems requires understanding the needs and capabilities of the people who will be using them. In this UX course we will focus on how to interact with users (or potential users) to understand what they need, w
  3. COURSE 3

    Evaluating Designs with Users

    Upcoming session: Nov 26
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    When designing systems that work for users, there is no substitute for watching them try to use the system to see what works and what doesn’t. In this UX course, you will learn how to design and conduct tests with users that will tell you how effect
  4. COURSE 4

    UX Design: From Concept to Prototype

    Starts Coming Soon
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    Great design doesn’t come out of nowhere; it is born, nurtured, and grown--all through a systematic, learnable process. In this UX course, you will explore the process of taking a basic concept, grounded in user needs, and developing it into a design that will address those needs. In the course, you will gain hands-on experience with techniques such as sketching, scenario development, storyboarding, and wireframing that will help you transform your understanding of what your users need into a compelling user experience. You will then learn how to turn wireframes and interaction architecture into interactive prototypes that can be tested with prospective users and iteratively refined into a high quality design that that is ready for a hand-off to the development team for implementation. What You’ll Learn: Define and scope the design problem you will try to address Create user stories and storyboards to transform information about user needs into design concepts Produce sketches and conduct brainstorming sessions to generate many design ideas from which you can construct a high-quality design solution Develop interface wireframes to concretize the design and enable early user testing Conduct user tests with paper prototypes to get preliminary user feedback on the design concept and interactions Develop high-fidelity mockups that specify visual design elements Create Wizard of Oz prototypes to efficiently test complex interactions and interactive systems that are not screen-based (e.g., smart assistants)
  5. COURSE 5

    UX Research at Scale: Surveys, Analytics, Online Testing

    Starts Coming Soon
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    This UX course will provide an overview of survey methodology from the perspective of UX research. UX surveys typically focus on uncovering user needs, connecting needs to user characteristics, and gaining insight into user attitudes towards systems they use. In this course, learners will learn the basics of UX survey research and conduct a survey of their own design! Learners will be introduced to techniques for gaining UX insights from large numbers of users, including web analytics, A/B testing, and remote unmoderated studies. We will discuss how these techniques work, when they can be applied, and what can be learned by using them. What You’ll Learn: Learn how web analytics works and how to analyze analytics data Understand how to develop A-B tests, before/after, and multivariate experiments Learn how to set up and analyze remote unmoderated testing studies Analyze and report on large scale user experience studies Learn about the different types and uses of surveys in UX research Understand the survey population: when to sample, when to recruit Develop a survey instrument that meets your requirements Analyze and report on surveys Learn to critique user surveys
  6. COURSE 6

    UX (User Experience) Capstone

    Starts Coming Soon
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Course

    In this UX capstone course, you’ll conduct a multi-stage user experience project to design a product from scratch. You will employ interviews, inspection methods, and user testing, along with ideation, design, and prototyping methods to gain and communicate valuable insight that can be used to deliver a compelling product. You will: Learn how to design and carry out an integrated multi-phase user experience research and design project Gain experience conducting user experience research in a real-world setting Gain hands-on experience with a realistic UX design project Improve ability to communicate design concepts and actionable research findings.

Creators

  • University of Michigan

    Michigan’s academic vigor offers excellence across disciplines and around the globe. The University is recognized as a leader in higher education due to the outstanding quality of its 19 schools and colleges, internationally recognized faculty, and departments with 250 degree programs.

    The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

  • Lija Hogan

    Lija Hogan

    Intermittent Lecturer in Information, School of Information, University of Michigan
  • Kentaro Toyama

    Kentaro Toyama

    W K Kellogg Professor of Community Information and Associate Professor of Information
  • Mark Newman

    Mark Newman

    Associate Professor
  • Predrag Klasnja

    Predrag Klasnja

    Assistant Professor
  • Clifford Lampe

    Clifford Lampe

    Professor

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