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    ARTICLE: Chris Albert

    5 tips for integrating third-party applications without sacrificing the user experience

    Over the past few years, the UX of EdTech products has improved by leaps and bounds. That’s true at the individual application level, anyway. But it’s a whole different story when you look at the user experience of product integrations that bridge two or more applications. It’s hard enough to integrate platforms in situations where you have complete control, but it can be incredibly difficult to integrate third-party platforms in a meaningful, seamless fashion.

    UX researcher working on report early in the discovery phase.
    ARTICLE: Adam Sonnett

    Early and often: The importance of UX research throughout the product development process

    EdTech companies are increasingly recognizing the importance of UX research in successful product development. The numbers bear this out, with industry surveys showing an uptick in companies who identify the need to conduct more in-depth customer research as digital products continue to revolutionize the marketplace. That’s a step in the right direction, for sure. But the reality is that many product teams remain uncertain about when and how to incorporate UX research. 

    UX designers at Openfield planning for accessibility updates.
    WEBINAR: Julee Peterson & Trevor Minton

    Demystifying the challenges of adopting accessibility and inclusive design practices

    With lawsuits and loss of sales on the rise in all industry sectors, accessibility compliance and inclusive design practices have become a hot issue for EdTech product leaders. One of the biggest contributing factors is that many product teams still approach accessibility as a singular checkpoint. The answer is to adopt ongoing inclusive design practices throughout the entire product development process.

    UX designers and researchers reviewing design progress at Openfield.
    ARTICLE: Adam Sonnett

    Hiring guide – choosing the right UX partner for the long haul

    Your EdTech company is thriving. Your product is growing and so too must your team. It’s a good problem to have, of course. But for companies considering working with an outside UX agency, it can be hard to know exactly how to gauge their value. It’s easy to see why this can feel like such a challenging decision. The idea of spinning up an internal team is daunting, but the idea of working with an agency brings its own set of concerns and unknowns that can lead to misinformed buying decisions.

    ARTICLE: Annie Hensley

    All hands on the ball: a collaborative approach to building new product features

    The launch of a new product represents a huge leap, but it’s really just the first big step in a series of many. Over the course of a healthy product’s lifespan, your team will continue to work inside the product for years to come, fixing bugs, pushing out updates, making UX improvements, and adding new features. New features require efforts from UX, engineering, and product teams with each leading at different times.

    Case Study: New connected digital experience for students and instructors fuels rapid market dominance.

    Openfield provided UX strategy and design that resulted in this intuitive, innovative suite of learning tools that facilitate campus communication and create a standardized ecosystem of support at every stage of the student lifecycle.

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