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Course Review: User Experience Research and Design

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  • University of Michigan via Coursera
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  • ★★★★★ (1,517 Ratings)

This specialization explains how to integrate UX research and UX design and then create effective products through understanding user needs and rapidly generating prototypes and evaluating design concepts. Here you will be gaining hands-on experience with taking a product from its initial concept through user research. Similarly, you will learn all about prototyping, user testing, and much more as you go further with the specialization.

Related: Who is a UX Designer? Key Responsibilities, Skills & Salary

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There are six courses in this specialization and below are the details;

Introduction to User Experience Principles and Processes (★★★★★ 4.8 | 1,253 ratings | 301 reviews)

The first course in the specialization provides an introduction to the fields of UX research and design. The aim is to help you understand what is involved in UX research and how to analyze systems using principles of good design.

Understanding User Needs (★★★★★ 4.7 | 425 ratings | 88 reviews)

In this course, you will understand what user needs assessments and qualitative research is and how these two are relevant to one another. You will be learning an end-to-end methodology for qualitative research which understands user needs.

Evaluating Designs with Users (★★★★★ 4.8 | 241 ratings | 43 reviews)

The third course in the specialization is all about identifying different approaches required for user testing and their appropriate use. You will understand how to design an effective user test.

UX Design: From Concept to Prototype (★★★★★ 4.8 | 240 ratings | 59 reviews)

This UX design course defines and scopes the design problem which you will address. You will be taught how to create user stories and storyboards for transforming information about user needs into design concepts.

UX Research at Scale: Surveys, Analytics, Online Testing (★★★★ 4.4 | 143 ratings | 30 reviews)

In this course, you will understand how web analytics works and how you can analyze data analytics. Similarly, you will understand how to develop A-B tests and multivariate experiments.

UX (User Experience) Capstone (★★★★★ 4.7 | 47 ratings | 11 reviews)

In the final project, you will learn to design and carry out an integrated multiphase user experience research and design project. Here you will gain experience in conducting user experience research and that too in a real-world setting.

Reviews:

In this section, we shall take a look at the feedback which users have given about the courses of this specialization. By reading what different learners have to say about the courses of this specialization or the entire one, it becomes easy to decide whether or not we should enroll in it.

Positive Feedback:

  • I took the first course and can say it was very interesting. The core principles of UX design were explained in a very engaging manner. The instructor also explained well how you can deal with real-world UX problems. In short, this was a well-organized course and is totally recommended. (Abdullah A, ★★★★★).
  • After so many weeks of hard work, I was able to complete the course no 1. Even though the course was basic but interesting at the same time. Dr Mark’s lectures were very much more eccentric and interactive than others. (Mehdi H, ★★★★★).
  • The second course in the specialization was an excellent one. The professor has done a great job with this course. The assignments were also very engaging, well-balanced, and practical. This course has allowed me to learn very useful skills. (Juangui J, ★★★★★).
  • The structure of the course no 2 was very good and the hands-on activities at every stage allowed me to understand the ideas provided in the course. My learning experience was great with this course. (Vankadaru V, ★★★★★).
  • Taking the third course allowed me to gain quite valuable information and thus the course was excellent. It helps me a lot in my professional field. (Carlos J, ★★★★★).
  • The third course is something that have me an idea about how to identify different approaches for user testing. I would definitely recommend this course to all those interested in UX and user testing. (Aaryan J, ★★★★★).
  • I took the fourth course and found it to be very in-depth and engaging as compared to other courses. I believe this course allowed me to apply my skills and knowledge to practical tasks and assignments. (Benjamin M, ★★★★★).
  • I really enjoyed learning from the course no 4. The content was very good and engaging and the lecture materials and assignments were also very interesting. (Thilini A, ★★★★★).
  • The “UX Research at Scale: Surveys, Analytics, Online Testing” course was a well-structured course. The assignments were also quite useful and if you spend enough time with the course then you’ll end up with three nice projects. (Lucia M, ★★★★★).
  • The fifth course was awesome and allowed me to understand so much about UX research and design. (Zahid H, ★★★★★).
  • The final course was without any doubt awesome and allowed you to review all the research methods and design methods you learned in the previous 5 courses. I believe completing the specialization will leave you with a deeper understanding of UX. (Jing L, ★★★★★).

Negative Feedback:

  • The second course was a little too basic and only outlines the key principles for understanding user needs which was not what I expected it to be. (Kevin H, ★★☆☆☆).
  • I was really looking forward to learning from the course no 4 but it disappointed me to a great extent only because the instructor failed to explain the concepts in a way he should have. (Jody W, ★☆☆☆☆).
  • The second last course was not good. The tests were poorly written and had obvious errors in it. Overall this course was a sloppy one which made it difficult for me to understand the taught concepts. (Me, ★★☆☆☆).
  • The capstone project disappointed me a lot. The entire time I felt like I was on my own figuring things out. The teaching videos were rather useless and had irrelevant information. The instructor could have provided us with a better version of this course. (Antoine A, ★★☆☆☆).

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