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User Experience Non-Credit Workshops

User Experience Fundamentals

Curious About User Experience Design But Not Sure Where to Start?

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The User Experience Fundamentals Workshop is a 2.5-day workshop in Columbus, OH hosted by Kent State University's User Experience Design staff. 

This workshop will provide a foundational understanding of the User Experience Design discipline and introduce tools and techniques professionals use to create great products. 

The workshop is a mix of lecture and hands-on activity that allows you to immediately apply what you've learned. We'll work through a mock project and you'll create deliverables in each phase. Along the way, you'll be coached by a team of professionals to help guide your work and fine-tune your approach -- setting you up for success. 

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Dates: Wednesday, August 8 through Friday, August 10

Time: Wednesday and Thursday: 8:30 am-4:30 pm; Friday: 8:30 am-12 pm

Location: State Library of Ohio, Conference Room D, 274 E. First Avenue, Columbus, OH 432101

User Experience Fundamentals (August 8 - 10, 2018 - Columbus, OH)

In this 2 and a half day workshop in Columbus, OH, you’ll get a foundational understanding of the User Experience Design discipline, as well as an introduction to the tools and techniques actual industry professionals use to create great, user-friendly products.

You can immediately apply what you’ve learned through a hands-on mock project, creating deliverables through each phase. A team of UX practitioners will provide coaching to help guide your work and refine your approach.

Attendees will receive a certificate upon completion of the workshop and will be able to immediately put into practice their new thought processes and skills to support and advance their current careers and projects.

Location: Columbus, OH (State Library of Ohio) (See Location Details)

Dates/Times: Wed, Aug. 8 and Thurs, Aug. 9, 2018: 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.; Fri, Aug. 10: 8:30 a.m. - noon

Pricing: $1,599/person (Early Bird: $1,399) - Take advantage of Early Bird pricing through June 30!

Topics include:

  • Overview of User Experience Design - Where it came from and what it looks like today
  • The Design Thinking Phases, including:
    • Research (conduct user interviews and personas)
    • Plan (create storyboards and sitemaps)
    • Design (create sketches and wireframes)
    • Test (conduct usability testing)
    • Deliver (compile findings reports and recommendations) 
  • Software options
  • Real world examples of user-centered design failing and the implications to its users
  • Informative Ted Talks
  • Game-based learning

Skills You'll Learn:

  • Knowledge of what user experience research and design methods and processes exist and how they are used to create user-centered solutions.
  • An understanding of how human perception, cognition, and motivations affect adoption and use of software applications and digital hardware devices.
  • The ability to prototype a mobile or web-based application and plan an assessment of the prototype.


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Registration & Pricing

Want to attend?  Registration and payment are available online.  

Register early to take advantage of our early bird pricing!

User Experience Fundamentals (Columbus, OH)

Date: August 8 - 10, 2018

Cost: $1,599 ($1,399 Early Bird)

Early Bird Deadline: June 30, 2018

Standard Registration Deadline: August 8, 2018

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Our UX Workshop facilitators are seasoned UX professionals who teach in Kent State University's popular User Experience Design program.

Additionally, our workshops have been developed by a team of higher education professionals who all have a history as industry practitioners, ensuring you receive the most up-to-date and relevant content available. 

Workshop Facilitators

Felesia McDonaldFelesia McDonald

Facilitator: User Experience Fundamentals

I'm a tech geek and I've been told that I overthink things. That's what UX Designers do right and that's why I love what I do. I've been a UX Designer for OEConnection, a technology company in Richfield, Ohio for three and a half years. I'm also an adjunct instructor for Kent State University's UXD department. My previous UX experience also includes working as a UX Researcher for the Eaton Corporation, a freelance web designer and an Interactive Graphic Artist for the Plain Dealer. I also serve on the board of UXPA Cleveland.


Monica Ralston

Facilitator: User Experience Fundamentals

As a self-proclaimed UX tech nerd, Monica Ralston teaches user experience design classes at the undergraduate and graduate level at Kent State University. She has worked domestically and internationally for organizations ranging from boutique consulting firms to Fortune 100 companies. Much of her career has been spent in the financial sector doing user research and UI design/testing with banks, brokerages and accounting software. Monica is a co-founder of Cleveland’s UXPA chapter (User Experience Professionals Association) and serves on its board as a student liaison.

Workshop Organizers

Paul ShermanPaul Sherman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor & User Experience Design Concentration Coordinator

Paul Sherman, Ph.D., joined the iSchool faculty in fall 2014. He received his Ph.D. in psychology in 1997 from the University of Texas in Austin. His research focused on how pilots’ use of computers and automated systems on the flight deck affects their individual and team performance. He holds a master of education (M.Ed.) in psychology and a bachelor’s degree in English both from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. Sherman served as an adjunct instructor and lecturer for Kent State and other organizations for five years prior to assuming this full-time role. Prior to coming to Kent State, Sherman held a variety of positions in the user experience design field. He has worked as manager of User-Centered Design at Intuit in Plano, Texas, and as a Director of User Research for Andara Digital in Dallas. He then held a position as the senior director of User-Centered Design in Atlanta for Sage Software, where he led efforts to redesign the user interface and improve the overall customer experience of the Peachtree Accounting product family.   

Ben WoodsBen Woods, M.S., M.B.A.

Lecturer, User Experience Design Concentration

Ben Woods began his career in when in 1999 when the World Wide Web was just beginning to be recognized as a valuable tool for businesses. Prior to his appointment at Kent State, Woods held positions with a number of companies in Ohio where he was often hired as the first web/digital designer. As a designer at Ansley & Associates, Epstein Design Partners, WhiteSpace Creative, and as a freelancer, he delivered solutions for Cleveland Clinic, The City of Shaker Heights, Mazzella Lifting, Akron Public Schools, Dorel Industries and many other large and small businesses in a variety of sectors.

For nearly 12 years he held positions at Eaton Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was Manager, User Experience. While at Eaton, Woods worked with global teams and a variety of consulting firms to deliver research and design that improved digital experiences for Eaton's customers, and developed the analytics discipline for tracking the performance of digital properties and identifying opportunities for improvement. He currently owns TheoremCX, an innovation firm providing customer-focused solutions for organizations. Companies like HEMA Imaging and Knoch Corporation are among TheoremCX’s clients.