Basics of Design Testing (Edition Q2/2018)

This free online course focuses on design testing, also known as user testing, usability testing, user acceptance testing, validation, among... mehr...
This free online course focuses on design testing, also known as user testing, usability testing, user acceptance testing, validation, among other terms. You’ll learn about the importance of testing your software designs with real users and implementing their feedback early in the design phase. weniger

Usability, Software Engineering, Software Testing

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Course Summary

Learn how to test your designs and design ideas with feedback from potential users. This course, taught by design research experts from SAP, introduces all the steps, from planning a test through moderating it, with a special focus on asking good questions and taking proper notes. You will also learn how to analyze the notes you collected to iterate your designs.

In This Course You Will:

  • Understand when to test your design to get the most impact
  • Discover more about the logistics of planning and running a test
  • Learn how to select the right people to give feedback
  • Learn how to design good questions and elicit useful feedback
  • Understand how to include team members as note-takers and observers
  • Learn how to analyze your notes and pick the top issues to fix in your designs

Course Structure:

Each class is designed to support your learning

  • Video Lectures – Design practitioners present topics with real-world examples
  • Check Points – Short quizzes help you assess your understanding of the lectures
  • Hands-On Exercises – Small, manageable exercises related to and extending the class topics, to be completed individually or in collaboration with your fellow participants.
  • Further Reading and Resources – Links to additional materials as well as domain experts.

Throughout the course, you’ll receive points for weekly challenges. When you’ve completed the course, you’ll receive a document confirming that you took part in it.

Course Characteristics

  • Starting from: April 3, 2018, 9:00 UTC. (What does this mean?)
  • Duration: 5 weeks (effort: 1 hour learning per week)
  • No final exam
  • Course closure: May 9, 2018, 9:00 UTC
  • Course language: English
  • How is an openSAP course structured?

Course Content

Week 1 – Introduction to the Course
Meet the teaching team; get an overview of design testing, key terms, and roles.

Week 2 – Preparing a Test
Get ready for a test session; plan logistics, design good test tasks, recruit test participants.

Week 3 – Moderating a Test
Run a test session; learn how to put test participants at ease and elicit useful feedback from them.

Week 4 – Taking Notes
Prepare to take notes, take notes during a test session.

Week 5 – Analyzing Notes
Summarize your notes, find the top issues, learn how to iterate to fix the issues.

Target Audience

Anyone who wants to learn more about Design Testing.

Previous Version of This Course

Previous version of this course is available here:
Basics of Design Testing (Edition Q4/2017) (October 11 through November 16, 2017)