Building on existing collaborative relationships between OCAD University and the Universities’ industry partners, the Human-Centred Design Micro-Credential Series focuses on key skills in areas of product design and development. This micro-credential will be developed in collaboration with Myant Inc.
User Testing + Iteration + Launch is the third micro-credential that completes the Human-Centred Design Series. This micro-credential consists of one intensive course that builds on the research and design knowledge gained from the Empathy + Social Insight for Human-Centred Design and Ideation + Prototyping for Human-Centred Design micro-credentials. Students gain the skills required to conduct user testing, implement design iterations, and complete the final stages of design and development before launching a new product.
This stackable micro-credential can be applied towards the User Experience (UX) Design and Development Certificate, the Design, Technology, and Fabrication Skills Certificate, and the Business Skills for Creative Professionals Certificate.
Upon the successful completion of this micro-credential, students will have gained:
- The ability to describe and embed the design principles of why, where, and how to use these skills
- The ability to apply principles of design thinking into the final stage of a product design
- An intermediate understanding of inclusive and accessible design practices
- The ability to describe and embed the cycle of user research to iterate/validate ideas
- The ability to embed iterative design around constraints
- The ability to conduct user testing, collect feedback, and apply new findings to update assumptions
- An understanding of the relevant components to plan a product launch
- An understanding of the interpersonal and communication skills required to collaborate with production teams and manage stakeholders
- An understanding of the methods of evaluating and monitoring the success of a launch
- Students must maintain a minimum of 80% class attendance per course
- Instructors assess the student’s work and issue a pass or fail grade (student must receive a passing grade to qualify for the micro-credential)
*Financial aid is available for this micro-credential through the Ontario Student Assistance Program for Micro-credentials (OSAP for MCs). Please visit the Financial Aid and Awards website for more details about the eligibility criteria and application.
Earning Your Micro-Credential Badge
As part of the modules in each micro-credential, you will complete assignments and exercises outlined in each micro-credential. These build towards the required evidence for each micro-credential that is submitted at the end of the micro-credential modules.
Successfully demonstrated application the key outcomes as part of the required evidencing will be recognized with a digital badge for the specific micro-credential. A link to the badge will be sent via email that can be added to resumes and posted on social media platforms.
What is a micro-credential?
Micro-credential is a new model that uses short, focused credentials to verify mastery of a skill or competency, and is designed to target high-demand skills, leading to faster hiring.
The process offers a digital credential, which is the official certification of the acquisition of an individual’s skills or capabilities. It is awarded in a digital form, which is verified, secure and shareable with peers, employers and educational providers.
Why micro-credentials now?
Micro-credentials can be used to recognize both vertical and transversal skills. Coupled with the in-depth learning obtained in a field of study, micro-credentials can be used to present a more holistic view of an individual’s abilities and achievements.
In today’s fast-changing workforce and emerging gig economy, a nimble recognition system is essential for both professionals and employers, who are increasingly moving towards skill or competency-based hiring.
To learn more about micro-credentials, please visit the eCampusOntario website.