Join us for ongoing reflections on the role that UX research and design plays in helping people learn and teach better.
    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.

    UX team members conducting an audit of an EdTech product to reduce design debt.
    ARTICLE: Chris Albert

    Getting out of design debt with an actionable UX audit

    Products, like people, don’t always age gracefully. When it comes to digital products, this aging process begins as soon as new features or bug fixes are introduced to a newly launched product. Over time, as more and more changes take place, design debt (or internal inconsistencies that don’t match the product’s underlying design system) naturally begins to accrue. From minor visual discrepancies all the way up to broken functionalities, design debt fragments and undermines user experience.

    UX researchers reviewing quantitative data to discover problems in educational software products.
    ARTICLE: Sarah Freitag

    UX research methods (part III): When to use quantitative data to justify product improvement decisions

    Qualitative research may be the bread and butter of UX testing, but quantitative UX research methods have an important role to play in the iterative product design process. There are many reasons product teams should consider using quantitative research, from the identification of existing problems to justifying expenditures in order to get buy-in from stakeholders.

    UX team members meet for daily design reviews to increase collaboration and efficiency.
    ARTICLE: Trevor Minton

    Daily Design Reviews: An evolved design review process fit for the complexity of EdTech products

    At Openfield, we found that the same old design review process didn’t quite fit the bill anymore. Instead of formal, infrequent design reviews, we needed to develop a design feedback loop that was as agile and iterative as the development process itself had become. And that’s how we landed on a system of daily design reviews.

    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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