In 2018, while I was already dealing with digital products and interfaces, I came across the Interaction Design Foundation (IxDF) with great pleasure. The price was (and still is) really low, counting the amount of courses and materials provided to students and comparing with other courses available still and at that time.
I was pleased to discover that the UX Design courses are well structured and one of the most important features is to be able to enroll and attend the courses at your own pace, whenever you have the time to follow the lessons.
Additionally, IxDF membership offers the opportunity to attend various master classes at a significant discount, a great opportunity to stay up-to-date on current topics and listen to industry guru like Don Norman.
IxDF courses are divided into categories and levels of complexity, and the teaching method alternates between texts and videos in which experts delve into the topic of the lesson. As well as the content, the questions are divided into open-ended questions and multiple choice.
Once you get 70% of the points of a course, you get a certificate, from 90% onwards you will see a distinction "Top 10% Course Taker”.
Some courses are longer and more challenging than others, but what I found most useful was being able to follow specific UX courses during the development of projects that dealt with the same topics; the information provided by industry professionals such as Frank Spillers, Alan Dix and many others, often take us "behind the scenes" interviewing professionals who give their opinion on a particular subject.
Of the several courses completed I found the following to be very interesting:
- Dynamic User Experience: Design and Usability
- Interaction Design for Usability
- Human-Computer Interaction - HCI
- UX Management: Strategy and Tactics
- Mobile User Experience (UX) Design
- Gamification – Creating Addictive User Experiences
One course that particularly impressed and opened my eyes was "Accessibility: How to Design for All".
In this UX course we talk in detail about the concept of whether a product or service can be used by everyone-however they encounter it. The course is full of videos in which Frank Spillers makes us approach the world of accessibility and the problems that users encounter in the use of specific sites brought as an example.
The testimony of users specifically focus on the user experience of people with disabilities, giving us a concrete idea of how often usability does not take into account accessibility.
In conclusion, a platform so rich in information and content at the same price as Netflix, is an opportunity you can't pass up. I can say that what I have learned and am still learning thanks to IxDF has positively impacted my work life and made me grow as a professional.
The possibility to connect with other people and be part of a UX design network is an added value for everyone who wants to learn more about this topic.
For those interested, this link adds 2 months free to the annual membership.