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In this course you will learn and practice several techniques for user interface evaluation. First we start with techniques that can be applied alone or in a design team, including action analysis, walkthroughs, and heuristic evaluation. Then we move on to user testing, including learning from a series of usability tests carried out in a real usability lab, and techniques to carry out your own tests even without a lab. Finally, we wrap up the discussion of evaluation--and of UI Design in the specialization as a whole--by looking at the question of how to set and measure usability goals, and in turn, when a design is usable enough to release it....
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User ResearchHeuristic EvaluationUser Interface Design (UI Design)User Interface
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Clock
16 minutes to complete

Preface

We situate evaluation in the larger UI design process and provide an introduction to the course's content....
Reading
2 videos (Total 16 min)
Video2 videos
Evaluating User Interfaces: An Introduction11m
Clock
4 hours to complete

Evaluation without Users (Part 1)

We cover industry-standard techniques for evaluating interfaces without users, a lower-cost approach that precedes higher-cost "with user" strategies (Part 1 of 2)....
Reading
5 videos (Total 81 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Action Analysis: GOMS and Informal Action Analysis24m
Case Example: Action Analysis14m
Assignment Video: Action Analysis Assignment16m
Cognitive Walkthroughs14m
Reading1 reading
Informal Action Analysis Assignment10m
Week
2
Clock
6 hours to complete

Evaluation without Users (Part 2)

We continue our overview of evaluation techniques that do not involve users (Part 2 of 2)....
Reading
7 videos (Total 104 min), 3 quizzes
Video7 videos
Introduction to Heuristic Evaluation18m
Nielsen's Heuristics (Part 1)27m
Nielsen's Heuristics (Part 2)19m
Nielsen's Heuristics (Part 3)15m
Assignment Video: Heuristic Evaluation6m
Wrap-up Lecture: Evaluation without Users7m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Evaluation without Users Quiz28m
Week
3
Clock
1 hour to complete

Evaluation with Users (Part 1)

We dive into the most important - and most costly - family of evaluation techniques: those that involve testing your user interface with real users (Part 1 of 3)...
Reading
7 videos (Total 58 min)
Video7 videos
User Testing Goals: Formative and Summative Evaluation8m
Usability Lab Tour7m
Usability Lab Example 1 - User 111m
Usability Lab Example 1 - User 26m
Usability Lab Example 2 - User 114m
Usability Lab Example 2 - User 27m
Week
4
Clock
3 hours to complete

Evaluation with Users (Part 2)

We continue our discussion of with-user evaluation techniques (Part 2 of 3)...
Reading
4 videos (Total 57 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Drafting a User Test Plan17m
Field Study Case Example: ShareTable Deployment22m
Assignment Video: User Test Plan7m
Clock
1 hour to complete

Evaluation with Users (Part 3)

We continue our discussion of with-user evaluation techniques (Part 2 of 3)...
Reading
8 videos (Total 71 min)
Video8 videos
Eye-Tracking: Second Demonstration2m
Eye-Tracking: Review11m
Eye-Tracking: Discussion and Conclusion9m
Field Studies, Alpha Releases, and A/B Tests4m
Controlled Field Experiments7m
Industry Practice: Massive A/B Testing (Interview with Ronny Kohavi)23m
Log Analysis in Evaluation3m
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1 hour to complete

Wrap-Up

We revisit our overview of UI evaluation....
Reading
2 videos (Total 18 min), 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Evaluating User Interfaces: Course Recap4m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Evaluation with Users Quiz22m
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Top Reviews

By SKDec 4th 2017

Wonder courses for novice and advance users. The courses are not only theory based, at the end of every week there are assignment & quiz, which helps a lot.

By KAJan 11th 2018

Designing and Development team will realize the impact of usability and be able to fine tune in their products.

Instructors

Loren Terveen

Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

Haiyi Zhu

Assistant Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

Lana Yarosh

Assistant Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

Dr. Brent Hecht

Assistant Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

Joseph A Konstan

Distinguished McKnight Professor and Distinguished University Teaching Professor
Computer Science and Engineering

About University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations....

About the User Interface Design Specialization

In this Specialization, you will learn industry-standard theory and methods for developing successful user interfaces (UIs). Upon completing this Specialization, you will have fluency with the user research, prototyping and evaluation techniques necessary for creating intuitive interfaces that facilitate good user experiences. You will also have demonstrated this fluency through an in-depth Capstone Project that can be shown to prospective employers in the fast-growing field of UI design. Concepts and techniques covered include structured approaches for helping you understand your user base and their needs (e.g. contextual inquiry and design psychology), widely-employed prototyping and design methods (e.g. low-fidelity and paper prototyping), and robust techniques for helping you evaluate your design choices (e.g. heuristic evaluation and user studies). By the end of the Specialization, you will be comfortable applying these concepts and techniques to design an interface for a wide variety of users from around the world....
User Interface Design

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  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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