Free Online Course on Introduction to User Experience

The University of Michigan is offering free online course on Introduction to User Experience. This UX course provides an introduction to the fields of UX research and design.

In this five week course, applicants will learn how UX research and design techniques can help you better understand user needs and create a great user experience.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 2-4 hours pw
Subject: Design
Institution: University of Michigan and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $99
Session: Course Starts on Self-Paced

Providers’ Details

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.

About This 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 principles of good design.

Why Take This Course?

Learners will also learn about the work involved in UX Design, including the generation of promising design solutions and the creation of prototypes at multiple levels of fidelity. By interleaving successive phases of UX Research and Design, learners will see how to learn from inevitable mistakes and improve towards a product with a great UX.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn about the skills needed for UX research and design
  • Understand how UX researchers discover and assess user needs
  • Learn how to conduct a micro-usability test
  • Understand how UX designers take an idea from a concept to a working prototype
  • Understand how to incorporate a user-centered focus into the design process


Mark W. Newman

Mark W. Newman is an Associate Professor in the School of Information and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan.



How To Join This Course

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  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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