Online Courses, Summer 2018

Term I: May 14­­–July 8
Term II: July 9–September 2­

All courses are 3 credits. Design for User Experience courses are $430 per credit (see Undergraduate Tuition and Fees). All other courses are $650 per credit (see Graduate Tuition and Fees).

To register for an online course, call 877.4LESLEY or email

Design for User Experience

Explore the human factors involved in designing solutions that provide users with intuitive experiences across an ecosystem of products, services, and systems. See Design for User Experience course offerings for both Summer Term I and II below.

  • Term I: May 14­­ – July 8


    The web has quickly become a common communication and business tool as well as a new opportunity for graphic designers to use their visual and conceptual skills. Students explore the use of basic design principles in the web environment and are introduced to new concepts in interactivity and site navigation. The course also covers basic technical aspects of page and site construction. See Course Catalog page. Course also available for non-credit.


    This course will provide students with an overview of User Experience (UX), design methods, and the role of research in designing for user experience. Through assignment, lecture and discourse, students will engage in an industry-modeled process, including research, team/collaboration, stakeholder interviews, sketching, diagramming, and presenting. Students will experience various methods associated with producing design deliverables within the context of real world practice. See Course Catalog page. Course also available for non-credit.


    You must take ONE of the following courses before registering for this course: IDESN 1270, IDESN 2220, or IDESN 1700
    This course focuses on interface design through the creation of a consistent visual language for interface appearance and usability. This course introduces students to design, prototyping and evaluation of user interfaces in relation to Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). The course will cover human capabilities (mental models and interface metaphors), interface technology (interface styles and paradigms), interface design methods (user personas, prototyping and design) and interface evaluation (user testing and feedback). The course will utilize various prototyping tools for digital simulations. Course also available for non-credit.

    To register for an online course, call 877.4LESLEY or email


  • Term II: July 9 – September 2


    A study of letterforms, typefaces, type identification, classification, and nomenclature, and basic type use. Studio exercises begin with letterform drawing and spacing and follow with use of text in simple groups to study typographic arrangement, hierarchy, contrast, expression, and readability. See Course Catalog page. Course also available for non-credit.


    This course introduces students to the business of design to enable them to enter the field of UX with confidence. Students develop familiarization with various job options, including in-house UX, studios and design practices. Students will learn how to seek industry opportunities and how best to promote/present themselves. Students use information on budgets, salaries, freelance rates and contracts as well as proposal development, project planning and client management to understand their role in a business environment. Research and writing exercises help students clarify their own professional goals. Course also available for non-credit.


    How have digital/interactive technologies restructured our economic and cultural landscape? In what ways have digital technologies inserted themselves into our social fabric and transformed our political landscape? How have interactive technologies affected our cognitive processes and social skills? This course explores the ways in which digital technologies and interactive technologies are fundamentally restructuring our social, political, economic, and cultural experiences. Students will engage in theoretical discourse and will be challenged to think critically about how these technologies impact culture and/or can be employed a means of affecting change. Course also available for non-credit.

    To register for an online course, call 877.4LESLEY or email

Literacy and Reading

Develop ways to integrate reading and writing into lesson plans, and consider topics like cultural responsiveness, linguistics, and content literacy.

Teaching and Learning

Explore new ways to approach the teaching and learning process in your classroom.

Science, Mathematics, & Technology

Learn methods for helping all students succeed in STEM-related subjects.

Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative Courses

Courses can be taken individually or as a part of the certificate programs. Each course is offered for 3 graduate credits.