The Interaction Design Foundation describes user experience (UX) design as “the process of creating products that provide meaningful and relevant experiences to users.” UX is one of the most sought after tech skills today.
 
Communitech Academy offers bootcamp programming to introduce people to the field, and learning labs to deepen understanding on specific aspects of UX, such as design sprints and user story mapping as well as Career Talk videos on this topic.
 
Click on the program links below to find out more about our UX programs and to register.
 

 


 

UX Fundamentals

In this two-day interactive bootcamp, you will be immersed in the activities of a UX designer through engaging discussions and activities that simulate real-life scenarios. You will:
 

  • Develop a working knowledge of UX principles and how to apply them, through discussion of theory, definitions and processes
  • Learn to solve real world design problems, through hands-on experience with tools and techniques including: user research, foundational design, prototyping and testing
  • Understand how to impact the user experience throughout the product life cycle, using practical tips and tricks

 
You will leave equipped to speak a common language with UX professionals and to apply fundamental UX concepts in your current role.
 
Who is it for?
This bootcamp is designed for individuals who:

  • Are in a UX role and are looking to build upon their knowledge to grow their career
  • Work closely with a UX team and want to collaborate more effectively
  • Take on UX tasks, and are considering a transition into a more formal UX role
  • Are curious and passionate to learn how to positively impact the user experience in their current role

 
How big is the class? A maximum of 20 participants
 
Session details:
Location: Communitech Hub, 151 Charles Street West, Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 1H6
Date: October 21 and 22, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
 
Registration fees*:

 

*Note: To encourage diversity of thought in the classroom, we cap participant enrolment at a maximum of three employees per company. If you would like more people from your organization to benefit from this program, let us know and we can talk about a potential team session.

 
Facilitated by: Davis Neable, UX Leader
 
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UX Learning Lab: Design Sprints

In this one-day hands-on learning lab, you will experience a mix of short presentations and hands-on activities to guide you through an end-to-end design sprint including:

  • Introduction to design sprints: the whats, whens, whys and how
  • Identifying and clarifying the problem by understanding the target user
  • Where and how to find inspiration using sketch techniques
  • How to critique and what makes for a good storyboard
  • Prototyping techniques, tools and tips
  • Setting objectives and running a test
  • What’s next? How to move forward in your own company

 
You will leave equipped to use an end-to-end design sprint in your own organization.
 
Who is it for?
Individuals who want to learn how to use design sprints to:

  • Quickly solve customer problems and test new ideas
  • Break the pattern of committee-based decisions and move toward a collaborative process
  • Encourage original thinking and the exploration of new ideas
  • Learn time-effective ways to engage stakeholders and team members from ideation through to validation

 
How big is the class? A maximum of 20 participants
 
Session details:
Location: Communitech Hub, 151 Charles Street West, Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 1H6
Date: December 9, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM each day
 
Registration fees*:

 

*Note: To encourage diversity of thought in the classroom, we cap participant enrolment at a maximum of three employees per company. If you would like more people from your organization to benefit from this program, let us know and we can talk about a potential team session.

 
Facilitated by: Davis Neable, UX Leader
 
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UX Learning Lab: User Story Mapping

In this one-day hands-on learning lab, you’ll experience a mix of short presentations and activities on how to use story maps to facilitate conversation and gain alignment, including how to:
 

  • Frame the problem and align it to a target user, using proto-personas
  • Construct a story map backbone, articulating the user’s high-level goals and activities
  • Author user stories effectively, layering details into the map and breaking down complex tasks into sub-tasks
  • Slice the map into a series of prioritized releases

 
You will leave equipped to use user story mapping in your own organization.
 
Who is it for?
This course is designed for professionals working in a product organization who want to:

  • Learn how to better share ideas and gain alignment through storytelling
  • Improve their teams’ understanding of the user and prioritize their agile backlog
  • Work collaboratively with product managers, researchers, designers, developers and testers to effectively break down complex business projects into smaller, consumable releases

 
How big is the class? A maximum of 20 participants
 
Registration fees*:

 

*Note: To encourage diversity of thought in the classroom, we cap participant enrolment at a maximum of three employees per company. If you would like more people from your organization to benefit from this program, let us know and we can talk about a potential team session.

 
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Questions? Contact Us

Email the Communitech Academy or call 519-888-9944

Email the Communitech Academy
or call 519-888-9944