6 Easy SEL Features for Remote Learning Products

When you think about online products with SEL features, what comes to mind? Most likely, you picture a popular mindfulness tool, like the Headspace app, or an edTech tool like BrainPOP. (In our user surveys, teachers never fail to mention the online platform’s ever-popular “brain breaks.”) While mindfulness techniques and technology breaks certainly help students […]

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April 30, 2021

How Competitive Audits and Analysis Ensure User-Centered edTech Products

You’re ready to develop a new digital learning tool, and you’ve pulled inspiration for your product vision from consumer platforms and edTech alike. But will your feature ideas really support the needs of edTech users? User surveys can help you uncover some answers, but competitive audits, or competitor analysis, provide an even fuller picture of […]

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April 14, 2021

Team Spotlight: Pantea Parsa

Welcome to our Team Member Spotlight! Every month we interview a member of our team and highlight their unique contributions to Backpack. We’re a close-knit, interdisciplinary team, and we love to share how our experiences inform everything from UX research to visual design. Learn all about our approach to UX—not to mention staff secrets, hidden talents, […]

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April 1, 2021

How a Year of Digital Learning Will Shape EdTech in 2021

Over the last year, we’ve all identified new edTech features that will help our users teach and learn more effectively from home. Maybe you’ve incorporated SEL frameworks into your UX and learning content. Or maybe your product team went all in to design collaborative features for better peer-to-peer learning. Now, after extensive reimagining of your […]

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March 26, 2021

Why an edTech Specialist Should Conduct Your Next Competitive Audit

You’ve likely asked your product team to conduct a competitive audit before kicking off the design process for a new product. But what if your internal team isn’t the best fit for the job? Working with a specialized UX design team to conduct a competitive audit will give you stronger recommendations for long-term solutions. Especially […]

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