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How to design edtech dashboards: part 2—design examples

By Adam Black

Here's a short deck illustrating how to design more actionable edtech dashboards for educators applying the eleven principles I've previously published (combining practices from data visualization, education research, and cognitive science) to a fictional higher-education courseware product

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How to design more impactful edtech: using levels of evidence to guide why, when, and how to invest in efficacy research

By Adam Black

Investing in efficacy research can sound like an indulgence for an edtech startup that’s moving quickly and staying lean. But from experience taking many major edtech products to market, I’ve found that smart investments in efficacy research will help you to design edtech that’s more impactful and more competitive—and faster. Here’s a...

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How to design edtech dashboards: part 1—eleven principles

By Adam Black

Edtech can deliver powerful insights to teachers and learners. But, as data gets richer, edtech designers have to work harder to make it understandable and actionable. Here's a short deck of design principles I've developed over two decades (combining practices from data visualization, education research, and cognitive science) and recommended...

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Outcomes-driven design

By Adam Black

Outcomes-driven design puts your customer first. It keeps you and your teams focused on what your customers are trying to achieve. It enables you to engineer edtech to deliver greater value. It’s a paradigm changer. Here’s a powerful visual analogy.

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How to design edtech for impact

By Adam Black

Great edtech delivers value by empowering teachers and helping learners to advance. But how do you design to achieve these outcomes? After two decades leading product, technology, and R&D teams, here are six key lessons.

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Six key principles for learning experience design

By Adam Black

Learning science is a huge area of research. Here are six key principles for edtech design derived from synthesizing “what works”. Published under Creative Commons by Dr. Jeff Bergin and team at Macmillan Learning.

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