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Author: JoAnna Hunt

Forget Averages. Design for Extremes

Posted in Accessibility, and Design

As designers, we use a number of different techniques to learn about our customers. Sometimes we host focus groups to dig into a specific idea. Sometimes we interview customers to learn more about what they’re looking for in a digital product. When we have products that we’re close to ready to ship, we will run usability studies or beta programs to get feedback and assess how easy our products are to use. And sometimes, we will conduct in-depth ethnographic research studies to uncover behavioral patterns and better understand the daily lives of customers we want to learn more about. The…

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Getting my groove back

Posted in Adventures

Wow. It’s been a long time. But what a journey it’s been. The last time I posted, in February 2017, I was working for Blackboard Inc and living in Arlington Virginia. In March of 2017, I moved clear across the country to Seattle Washington to start a new chapter in my professional life, working on accessibility stuff for Amazon. Taking a new job and moving so far from friends and family was a pretty big deal. I was excited and scared and amazed that I was really doing it. But I knew that I needed to step away from writing for…

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Tips for teaching students with ADHD

Posted in Accessibility, and Education

This is a very personal post in Blackboard’s thought leadership series around accessibility in education. It shares the story of my nephew’s struggles with his education. His challenges are partially due to his disability, and partially due to a lack of understanding about how he learns by the educators that surround him. In this post I share some useful things to know about teaching students with ADHD and helping them learn and grow in academic environments.   Tips for teaching students with ADHD – Blackboard Blog Teaching students with ADHD can be both challenging and rewarding. The key for educators is understanding the…

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