I had the luxury of taking Everett's UX Design Essentials course in Durham, NC with a few others at our company. It was a great course and he had good teaching style. My favorite was the discussion on responsive/mobile design. A few weeks after the course, there are tangible UX design practices that we put in to practice and are excited to see the effect they have on our users.
Taking UX Design Essentials was one of the most substantial courses I've taken. As a traditional graphic designer for nearly 20 years, I was doing some UX in my design, but Everett helped me take my UX skills and user-centered design instincts to the next level.
Through his course I learned techniques for achieving optimal usability, including contextual inquiry, user testing, paper prototyping, personas, scenarios and more. As the author of the Windows User Experience Guidelines for Microsoft and a gifted teacher, Everett made the course comprehensive, informative, engaging, and perfectly paced.
On November 14, 2012, 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.