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UX of EdTech

40 EpisodesProduced by Alicia QuanWebsite

UX of EdTech: An exploration of user experience in the EdTech space.

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Season 1 FINALE 🎉 - Looking Back and Looking Forward

June 9th, 2021


Alicia Quan recounts the last year of the podcast (est. June 2020) and her journey in moving from a classroom teacher into UX and product design. She also discusses what is next for UX of EdTech. 

More announcements …

The UX of Google Classroom

June 2nd, 2021


Alicia Quan chats with two instrumental team members on the Google Classroom product:

Amanda J. Rosenburg - Lead Researcher, Team Lead

Cora Foxx - a …

Getting Started in EdTech Product Design

May 25th, 2021


Alicia Quan chats with Brett Gunter, a product designer at Weld North Education working on Imagine Learning products. They chat about a variety of …

BrainPOP: How Product Design, UXR, and Learning Design Work Together

May 11th, 2021


Alicia Quan chats with several members from the team at BrainPOP about the collaborative work of cross-functional teams and the extra concerns that …

Learning with UX Designers at Kahoot!

May 4th, 2021


Alicia Quan chats with Mauricio Malo and Joy Leelawat, UX Designers at Kahoot! They talk about the diverse work environment of this company, their advice for designers working in the education space, and an example of a …

How to Design Digital Products for Kids

April 27th, 2021


How do you create a valuable digital user experience for children?

Alicia Quan chats with Rubens Cantuni, designer and author of Designing Digital …

Teaching UX Design to Teens: How to teach a life changing lesson

April 20th, 2021


How do you teach UX design to teens?

Alicia Quan chats with Hazel Wyllie, UX Designer at BBC. Hazel is passionate about introducing young people to design thinking and careers in the design and tech industry.

This …

EdTech Innovation: Founders + Designers

April 13th, 2021


Let’s dig into the important work of EdTech innovation and how founders, designers, and researchers can team up.

Alicia chats with Ash Kaluarachchi, …

Adobe for Education: Creativity for all classrooms

April 6th, 2021


Alicia Quan chats with the product team at Adobe for Education. The team unpacks many aspects of their roles and they answer questions that include …

How UX Design Transforms Course Design

March 30th, 2021


Alicia chats with Dr. John Spencer, education professor and former middle school teacher.

When John discovered UX design, it transformed how he …

Prodigy Education: How to balance student desirability, learner efficacy, & business viability

March 23rd, 2021


Alicia Quan chats with leaders from the Prodigy Education team. We cover some tough and important questions, including:

- How do Product Management and Product Design work together?

- How does the team manage business …

Newsela Product Design: Insights on social justice work in the EdTech space

March 16th, 2021


Alicia Quan chats with Asia Hoe, Senior Product Designer at Newsela. Their discussion includes:

- Relating the work of design systems with the work against systemic injustice

- Unpacking and refreshing your design …

Microsoft Education: Selecting your role in EdTech and thriving in it

March 9th, 2021


How do you thrive in an EdTech role? Alicia Quan chats with Bridget Weis, Senior Design Manager at Microsoft Education. They discuss:

  • How teaching …

Design for Kids: Rosenfeld book supports digital products for playing and learning

March 2nd, 2021


What should you consider when designing for kids?

Alicia chats with Debra Gelman, the author of Design for Kids, a Rosenfeld publication. She is also …

UXKids: A design agency that develops products alongside kids

February 23rd, 2021


Alicia chats with Sabina Idler, the founder of UXKids. She is passionate about interactive media and designing for a very special and unique target …

Microsoft Flipgrid: The design approach and the secret sauce

February 16th, 2021


Alicia chats with Justin Chando, the Director of Design and Vision at Flipgrid, Microsoft. This conversation is packed with insight as we dive into …

Wakelet's Product Design: A team effort with educators and students

February 9th, 2021


Alicia chats with Finlay Thorburn, a product designer at Wakelet, about designing for teachers and students and why he has gravitated towards working …

Building UX Education: Bringing together researchers and practitioners

February 2nd, 2021


Alicia chats with Colin Gray, PhD, who headed up one of the first UX undergraduate programs at Purdue University. They chat about:

  • Building one of …

The UX of Nearpod: EdTech Design Approach + Teacher and Student Voice

January 26th, 2021


Alicia chats with Lauren Schaefer, the Director of UX/UI at Nearpod. Listen to get a look at the design approach behind Nearpod as they discuss a …

What is Educational UX? (edUX)

January 19th, 2021


Alicia chats with Kim Ducharme, the Director of Educational User Experience Design at CAST. She works at the intersection of user experience design, instructional design, and the learning sciences.

Kim leads the …

UX Manager Insights: EdTech Design Specialization, UX Research with Teachers, & UX Careers

January 12th, 2021


Alicia talks with Alison Park Douglas, a UX Manager in EdTech currently at SMART Technologies. We discuss several topics:

  • Taking the bootcamp route …

Pixar in a Box: How companies and designers can develop their vision for education (X in a Box)

January 5th, 2021


Alicia talks with Elyse Klaidman, former Director of Pixar University and a founding leader for Pixar in a Box and Imagineering in a Box supported by the Walt Disney Company. Beyond Pixar and Disneyland, Klaidman and …

LEGO Education: One Teacher's Design Journey with LEGOs

December 16th, 2020


Alicia talks with Yannick Dupont, a concept designer for LEGO Education. He reflects on his journey as a middle school science teacher, a freelancer …

Gimkit: How to design a game that transforms the classroom

December 8th, 2020


Alicia talks with the founder and co-founder of Gimkit, Josh Feinsilber and Jeff Osborn. Gimkit is a live quiz learning game that positively ignites classroom engagement and rivals the type of excitement produced in a …

Inneract Project: Empowering the Next Generation of Black and Brown Designers

December 1st, 2020


Alicia talks with Maurice Woods, Founder and Executive Director of Inneract Project and Principal Designer at Microsoft.

Inneract Project (IP) serves …

Elementary Teacher to UX Designer: HCI Masters & Facebook Internship Reviews

November 24th, 2020


Alicia talks with Morgan Chin, a former elementary teacher and current UX designer completing her masters in Human-Computer Interaction at Georgia Tech and having recent internships at The Home Depot and Facebook for …

Figma for Education: Equipping Designers of Learning Experiences

November 10th, 2020


Need inspiration as a creative leader and educator? Do you design for learners?

Alicia talks with Miguel Cardona, an interdisciplinary designer and …

Backpack Interactive: How Teachers are Changing EdTech UX Design

October 20th, 2020


Alicia talks with three members of Backpack Interactive, a creative strategy, UX and design company in the EdTech space. As EdTech specialists, they …

Learning Experience Design (LXD) vs. UX vs. ID

October 13th, 2020


True or False? UX + ID + UI = LXD

What is Learning Experience Design (LXD)? How do you become an LX designer? Should you hire one? Where are the LX …

Openfield: UX Expertise in EdTech

September 28th, 2020


What kind of education, background, and experience make excellent UX professionals in the EdTech space? Alicia talks with the president of Openfield, Adam Sonnett, about this and the current landscape in EdTech. They …

The 2020 Challenges of EdTech Tools in Elementary School

September 21st, 2020


Alicia talks with Dannielle Rivera, a 2nd grade teacher, about what it is like to use EdTech tools in our current distance learning environment. If …

UX Course Pathway for High Schools

September 14th, 2020


Alicia talks with Belinda Medellin, a Texas “Teacher of the Year” who has created one of the first UX course pathways for high schools in the United …

UX Course for Kids

September 8th, 2020


Alicia talks with Suj Premachandran about his work on a UX course designed for 8-11 year olds. Suj is the CEO of Digital Influx, an EdTech …

Digital Media Design for Learning with a UX Director

August 3rd, 2020


Alicia talks with Alex Britez, Director of User Experience at MacMillan Learning and adjunct professor at NYU. Alex has also received his graduate degree in Digital Media Design for Learning from NYU. He unpacks his …

How Important is UX Research in EdTech Development?

July 27th, 2020


How important are the research phases of UX and product development? Alicia connects with Alesha Arp, a Senior UX Research at MIND Research Institute. MIND is  an EdTech math organization supporting K12 students and …

Mission-Driven Work at Every Career Stage

July 20th, 2020


Alicia connects with Eva PenzeyMoog, Principal Designer at 8th Light and Founder of the Inclusive Safety Project. They chat about her former experiences at an education nonprofit, her transition into UX and the tech …

Special Education Teacher to UX Design

July 13th, 2020


Alicia connects with John Lewis, a Special Education teacher of 13 years moving into the field of UX. They chat about his experiences as a teacher, a boot-camper at Springboard, his research on Google Classroom, and …

Why Every UX Team Should Have a Teacher

July 6th, 2020


Alicia connects with Jules Bennett, a former social studies middle school teacher, and they chat about his past experiences as an educator and the …

Biology Teacher to UX Designer

June 29th, 2020


Alicia connects with Alice Barton, a former high school Biology Teacher, and they chat about her experiences as an educator and a designer. 

Connect …

An Epic Collab: EDU + UX = ???

June 21st, 2020


This episode launches listeners into a journey of collaboration. What can happen when experienced educators and UX designers come together on the …

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