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Fall Term 2 Start
Oct 23


Understand how to develop a successful, customized design experience by understanding user-centered interactions. During this course, you will be introduced to concepts in design thinking, empathy and context that will allow you to create innovative environments. A tool kit of processes, documentation and products will be explored to allow you to effectively advocate for users and justify your work. This course will provide you the foundation to develop an engaging user experience immediately applicable to your own business or career. 

Why Study User Experience Design?    

User experience design is the foundation of generating emotions through product interactions. Understanding what your user and customers want and need is essential for developing. By mastering this concept, one can develop designs that are useful, easy to use and pleasing to work with.  

What You’ll Learn  

  • Identify the role of an effective user experience designer within a collaborative development environment 
  • Apply design thinking to identified problems in order to arrive at an effective solution 
  • Evaluate and propose solutions that are based upon data and information from the user-centered design process 
  • Create and prototype participant-centered products and interfaces
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Lauren Liss

Lauren Liss is a professor in the Interactive Arts and Media Department. She teaches interface design, interaction theory, user experience and usability, and collaborative development. She also runs an interaction design company, *goodspark, which focuses on content management systems and usability analysis for small businesses, with a specialization in women-owned businesses and creative firms.

Liss received her Masters in Education, Learning Design and Leadership, New Learning, from the University of Illinois, where she studied knowledge acquisition and educational theory through the lens of usability and technology.

Course: Introduction to User Experience Design

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