Continuing & Professional Education

UX / UI Research Methods

Earn a Microcredential

Courses for everyone 5

  • team leads
  • managers
  • business and agency owners
  • computer programmers
  • digital marketers
  • graph­ic design­ers

These part-time study courses are designed to enhance current practitioners’ skillsets
Program enrolment is optional – register in a course without applying for admission

Discover what it means to use a user-centered design process and learn the fundamentals of UX (user experience) design including the principles of design thinking, user-centered design and information architecture in this course. Gain an understanding of the importance of user research, usability testing and assessment, and the basics of contextual inquiry. By the end of the course, you will be able to describe and apply current best practices and conventions in UX design and make use of the fundamental principles of UX design.
May 2
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With Najia Aftab

September 6
starts in 3 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Najia Aftab
The user interface (UI) is the point where your users interact with your website/app. In this course, you'll learn the fundamentals of UI design. You will learn the UI design process including storytelling, sketching, and prototyping, and how the user experiences these on the front end. Understand how data visualization and web design, impacts branding, visual identity, and accessibility. By the end of this course, you'll be able to articulate the design process and how this influences the user experience.
July 4
starts in 1 month
Online learning, asynchronous. With Najia Aftab

September 6
starts in 3 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Najia Aftab
Understanding your user is key to building a successful experience. Learn how human-centred design can guide quantitative and qualitative methods, and generate 'the right' research questions and methods for your client. This course will include practical experience in brainstorming, planning and conducting user-centred research, as well as creating user personas and affinity diagrams. It will also touch upon legal and ethical concerns. Prerequisite EXSM 3920 and EXSM 3921
October 25
starts in 4 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Jesús Ramirez Colmenarez
Understanding your user is key to building a successful experience. Learn how human-centred design can generate user insights using quantitative and qualitative methods such as surveys, interviews and in-context observations. This course will also teach students how to summarize their research using Experience Mapping, Journey Mapping, Personas and Service Design Blueprint. This course will also touch upon legal and ethical concerns.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
Students will evaluate a set of quantitative and qualitative research methods to gain insights into how we can design things better. This course will teach students how to evaluate their user research using feedback to develop effective UX design strategies. You¿ll learn the most widely used technique by UX Researchers, usability testing. Additionally, this course will cover the fundamentals of organizing information with card-sorting and tree testing and basic statistical analysis through A/B testing. Learn about key tools in evaluative research such as prototyping, MVP, moderated and unmoderated user testing, and AB/Testing.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.

Bursaries and funding opportunities
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Eligibility
Amount
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Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

$250+
income tax return
Skilled Immigrant Micro-Loan 

Whether you intend to work in the same field you trained in outside of Canada, or you wish to apply your transferable skills to a new career, this low-interest loan helps you cover the cost of education and related living expenses.

Up to $15,000 loan
N/A
Alumni Professional Development Grant 

Any alumnus of the University of Alberta

75% of course fee
monthly deadline
HRDF 

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep
                                                                                                                                       

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