UX Design Essentials exceeded my expectations. As a result of this class, I feel that I have a much better understanding of the importance of employing good design principles. I learned that you can quickly assess a design by listening to someone explain its purpose to determine what's needed or not. The emphasis on scenario-based design and always thinking about how and why users perform tasks is upper-most in my mind. I loved the "learn by doing" approach and found the exercises an effective means of learning the design principles taught in the class. I would highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn how to improve their designs. I recommended host a UX Design Essentials Workshop to my boss.
UX Design Essentials exceeded my expectations in terms of both rigor of the material and the degree of student engagement. I have a much stronger understanding of UX design principles in an abstract sense, but I'm also already seeing direct application to my current project.
UX Design Essentials is a much more holistic approach to design than I was expecting. I've learn quite a bit in this course, but most of all, I feel better equipped to make good UX decisions as well as discuss and justify those decisions to my team and our stakeholders.
On November 14, 2013, I presented "Great UX without time, money, or design skills" to the Stanford Igniters in Mountain View, CA. Here is a summary of the presentation, plus a link to the deck and various related resources.