Oct 04, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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UX 253 - Global User Experience

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
The course introduces students to the principles, best practices, and design methodologies behind building inclusive and globally accessible digital products at Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon. The course focuses on how cultural, language and environmental factors, physical and cognitive disabilities, and different levels of literacy impact design, improve apps and website usability, and contribute to overall user experience.  Students also learn the role of accessible design in which the needs of people with disabilities are specifically considered and will also learn about promoting users’ privacy, safety, security, and broader inclusion in society.  Course projects include analyses of global UX products and a design of a conceptual UI (wireframe level) appropriate for global users.  Course projects include readings, discussions, in-class workshops and design sprints, and group work. (prereq: GS 1002  or GS 1020H )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of intercultural theories and their application to UX design
  • Define and analyze inclusive and accessibility design  principles in global UX products  
  • Apply knowledge of accessibility design to develop products for people with disabilities
  • Apply inclusive design principles to make tactical decisions when designing for global users  
  • Communicate UX design ideas clearly and convincingly 

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Audience analysis
  • Foundations of UX

Course Topics
  • Culturally responsible design 
  • Global user communities and their use of technology     
  • Inclusive design framework
  • Logistical consideration in designing for global audiences
  • Designing for emerging markets and new users
  • Designing for environmental constraints
  • Accessible design at Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Amazon   
  • UX writing for global users
  • Designing global products for social good 

Dr. Katie Panciera

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