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UX Foundations: Information Architecture

Instructor: Chris Nodder

Are you ready to learn the fundamentals of information architecture? This online course explains how to review users’ interactions, analyze the results of those actions, and create an information architecture plan. You will also learn how to test your architecture and monitor feedback with site searches, server logs, and help desk calls. This course is also available offline.

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About the Instructor

Chris Nodder

Chris Nodder

Founder, Chris Nodder Consulting, LLC

Chris Nodder is an international interaction design specialist and founder of Chris Nodder Consulting, LLC. He has also authored a book on design, Evil by Design. Chris’s organization enables both startups and large corporations to create effective, user-centric solutions. Learn more by visiting their website, Chris Nodder Consulting LLC.

About this course

A well-organized website can do more than just look good, if done correctly, it can also make money. Information architecture can increase user engagement and satisfaction and ultimately lead to the success of any website project. It is an absolute must for any professional website, and a valuable skillset to have.

Although many understand that a well-organized site is essential when trying to improve user engagement, very few bother to improve their information architecture. Regardless of this oversite, information architecture remains crucial to website and application design. This course teaches designers of any level how to create, test and monitor an information architecture plan.

Perfect for beginners, UX Foundations: Information Architecture starts with a brief overview of information architecture. Students will learn what it means to have good information architecture before learning the first steps to creating one. The next section of the course introduces card sorting and details how to conduct this strategy. From there, students learn how to analyze their card sort using paper as well as computer-based methods.

We are less than halfway through the course, and card sorting is only the first step of the process. Building upon the previous modules, students then learn how to create architectures based on abstract information and subsequently validate them. From there, participants learn how to test their architectures using reverse sorting. The course finishes with lessons on navigation structure and usability testing.

UX Foundations: Information Architecture is offered on the Lynda.com website, an online learning platform dedicated to teaching business, software, technology and creative skills. It is a subscription-based service that lets users learn at their own pace on an unlimited number of courses. They also enable offline viewing on selected plans. Owned by LinkedIn, completed Lynda.com classes can be added to LinkedIn profiles for professional competitiveness.

On the Lynda.com platform, instructors teach objectives via video lessons, and transcripts are available for each video. A premium membership lets members download course videos to their smartphone or computer. Premium members can also download exercise files for further practice of course fundamentals.

Experience

Beginner

Format

Self-Paced

Enrollment

Anytime

Cost

$20

Duration

2 hours

Language

English

Certification

No

What I Will Learn

Information Architecture Tutorial

Research Methods

Card Sorting

Creating Information Architecture

IA Validation

Computer Based IA

Navigation Structures

Testing

Why We Recommend This IA Course

Good information architecture is necessary for creating engaging, user-focused websites. This course not only covers the basics of information architecture, but it also provides practical information on how to create a plan, test its effectiveness and monitor it over time. In just two hours, you will learn the basics of creating an information architecture that meets the needs of both your desired users and your business.

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