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Case Study Münster University of Applied Sciences

Inhouse-Training, Münster University of Applied Sciences

Seminar on Personas
  • Inhouse Training
  • Seminars
  • Personas
  • Empathy Maps
Screen FH Muenster

Münster University of Applied Sciences, based in the Westphalian city Münster with another department in Steinfurt, is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Germany, with over 15,000 students in twelve departments.

The Department of University Communication is responsible for advising various departments of the University of Applied Sciences on the communication with their users (students, teachers, prospective students, etc.).

The Mission

The Münster University of Applied Sciences has been working with the Persona Method for some time. For that the employees have autodidactically gathered knowledge on how to create and use personas.

The goal of the in-house training was to create an equal level of knowledge among all employees, so that no one has to deal with the topic individually anymore.

The participants should learn what personas are, how they are created and how they can be used profitably in projects.

Agenda for the training
Agenda for the training

The Training

At the beginning of the training, the participants learned the basics of the Persona Method. We also introduced the Persona Life Cycle and discussed advantages and disadvantages of different persona types (research based vs. prototypical).

We then provided the participants with a useful tool for gathering internal knowledge on the users: Empathy Maps. As a central unit, the Department of University Communication is tasked by different areas of the university and needs to gather the project stakeholders’ knowledge about the respective target groups. Empathy Maps are ideal for collecting initial assumptions. This method was presented and practiced during the training.

Furthermore, the practical utilization of personas in the course of a project was discussed using practical examples.

The Persona Life Cycle
The Persona Life Cycle

The Result

At the end of the training day all participants had the same level of knowledge regarding personas. Everyone can now use the Empathy-Map Method in projects to create basic, prototypical personas. These can then form the foundation for further user research in order to define detailed requirements or to generate first ideas for the design of user-friendly services.

Especially the knowledge on how to profitably use personas in projects proved to be a great benefit for the team.

Im Training entstandene Empathy-Map
Empathy-Map created in the training

The client about the project


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