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    Observe your users in the wild with this downloadable worksheet

    When you’re observing users in the wild, one thing’s for sure – there’s a lot going on. To help you capture key insights, observations and ideas on-the-fly, we’ve created this worksheet you can download and print to make sure you don’t miss any important details when you’re in the field.

    Microcopy is an essential element of good UX design
    ARTICLE: Annie Hensley

    Top 10 tips to produce effective, user-friendly microcopy

    Chances are, your product team already pours ample resources into making your products as user-friendly as possible. You work hard to get the user flows and UI elements just right. But what about the verbal components of the interface? 

    If you’re like many EdTech companies, microcopy — or the many verbal cues found throughout your product, from buttons to prompts and instructive overlays  — may be a last-minute consideration. This often means that microcopy is written on the fly, without rigorous guidelines or user testing.

    Photo of UX researchers reviewing user data reports at Openfield.
    ARTICLE: Autumn Gilbert

    Quality reporting is the key to realizing the full ROI of actionable UX research

    Most EdTech companies now understand the importance of UX research in developing products that meet the needs of students, instructors, and administrators. But the thing about UX research is that it’s actually only the first half of the equation. Without thoughtfully prepared reporting, your UX research is really just a pool of data. By adopting effective presentation strategies for reporting research results you can ensure your findings are carried through the rest of the development process.

    Click on image to launch article about third-party integration in EdTech products
    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. 

    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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