Back in May, we launched our revamped UX Academy program. It included a major update to the course curriculum, as well as the addition of Group Crits and Career Services.
But there were also more granular improvements to the Designlab platform, including the introduction of two new assessment features: a course rubric, and project approvals.
Students, as well as their prospective employers, need reassurance not only that they have completed the UX Academy program, but also that by doing so, they have achieved a level of expertise that prepares them for work in the industry. The comprehensive application of these principles of quality assurance also allows students to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and actively address them.
UX Academy course rubric
The course rubric delivers that assurance by setting out objective criteria for the assessment of a student’s skills in every area that the course deals with. The UX Academy rubric covers:
- General design and project skills
- Information architecture
- Visual design
- Professional skills
- Ideation and definition
- Interaction and user interface design
As an example, here is the rubric for typography skills, which sits within the visual design category. It is structured as a traffic light system: a score of 1 (red) indicates that the required standard has not been met; a score of 2 (amber) indicates that the required standard has been met, but there is still room for improvement; and a score of 3 (green) indicates that the required standard has been exceeded.
Before UX Academy students can transition from Phase 1 into Phase 2, and before they can graduate the course, they must score either a 2 or a 3 in every category.