(Online Course Review) Springboard UX Design, Version 4


Overview

Review Published: April 31st, 2017.

Available on the Springboard online education platform, this is a 3-4 month course that introduces students from around the world to the exciting (and rapidly growing) field of UX design.

Based upon a student-selected capstone project, this course aims to get self-motivated learners ready to enter the UX industry armed with a broad knowledge of UX techniques and an attractive portfolio of work.


Rating:

Four out of five.What does this mean?

(Great Content, Presentation is Clear)


Difficulty:

Moderate (Very approachable, but lots to learn).


Length:

100-120+ hours.


Where to Get It:


The Good

  • Basic theory & comprehensive practical application; this course gives you the basic theoretical foundations of UX design, but where it really shines is teaching you the techniques to carry a project through to completion.
  • Online mentors & office hours; if/when you get stuck on a specific technique, have a general question, or want to get feedback, you have an online mentor call every week that gives you a direct line to a professional that can answer your questions.
  • Project-based work; instead of just throwing a bunch of lectures at you, the course expects you to take what you've learned and apply it, giving you a body of work to show at the conclusion of your study.
  • Updated cirriculums; the course materials are updated regularly, and you get lifetime access to them so you can always keep up-to-date with the latest techniques.

The Bad

  • Theory & strategic application could be stronger; you'll have a solid grasp of UX design techniques at the end, but where those techniques fit into the broader scope of UX design in business is left a bit fuzzy.
  • UX Research section can be vague; arguably the most important section of the course, a fair bit of the content tell you how to do things but not why (leading to confusion of when to apply specific research techniques).
  • Portfolios & networking; while advice about both of these subjects is present, it is often vague and not terribly effective (check out my review of "Build a Powerful UX Portfolio" to bridge this gap).
  • Cost; with a fixed monthly cost of about $500 USD per month this course is accessible on most budgets, but can get expensive if you're studying while working (a full-time/part-time tiered pricing system would really help solve this).

The Bottom Line

  • Solid value; if you study hard, and take advantage of your mentor calls and office hours, this is a great course for learning the nuts and bolts of UX design.
  • A great starting point; this course provides a solid working foundation to enter the UX design field, but additional work in understanding UX strategy (check out my review of "User Experience Design Fundamentals" for a good option), front-end web technologies, and business application will be needed as you progress in your career.
  • Relationships & networks; this course was a great way to meet pros in the field of UX design, and to connect with fellow students in order to start building your professional networks.
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