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Design Thinking: Prototyping and User Testing

Provided by Rochester Institute of Technology (RITx)
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8–12 hours
per week, for 6 weeks

$200 USD for graded exams and assignments, plus a certificate

Learn the importance of prototyping and user testing solutions before going to market and how to assess and evaluate solutions post-launch.

Start Date:

Before you start

Successful completion of THINK501x, THINK502x and THINK 503x
Course opens: Aug 5, 2019
Course ends: Dec 16, 2019

What you will learn

  • Discuss different levels, options and tools for prototyping
  • Select an appropriate prototyping technique
  • Discuss methods of user testing and evaluation
  • Interpret user feedback in relation to product/process development
  • Evaluate an effective solution


Creating prototypes puts a proposed solution into action. In this course, you will learn the value of prototypes and user testing as critical components of the design thinking process. You will examine case studies to understand the iterative process of prototyping and discover how new products and ideas can emerge as a result.

As part of the Design Thinking MicroMasters program, you will study how to analyze and implement the results of user testing to ensure your solution can fully benefit from this inclusive and innovative process. Best practices for evaluating solutions will also be covered, including surveys, user evaluations, focus groups and interviews.

Meet your instructors

Melissa Dawson
Assistant Professor, Industrial Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
Jennifer Englert
Adjunct Professor, Industrial Engineering
Rochester Institute of Technology

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This course is part of:

Earn a MicroMasters® Program Certificate in 1 year if courses are taken one at a time.

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  1. 48–72 hours of effort

    Learn how a user-centered approach and design thinking principles inspire innovative ideas to create desirable solutions.

  2. 48–72 hours of effort

    Learn how to identify and understand product or business problems through active listening, empathy and user-focused research.

  3. 48–72 hours of effort

    Learn how ideas transform into solutions through iteration and validation along with best practices for communicating your solution to stakeholders.

  4. Design Thinking: Prototyping and User Testing
  5. 48–72 hours of effort

    Demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained during the Design Thinking MicroMasters program.

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