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WHAT’S ON OUR MINDS.

We’re always learning, wondering and sharing. Here’s what we’re thinking about lately.

Introducing Media Lab: Aligning Learning Design and Media, All Under One Roof

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Sep 01, 2020

We recently made an exciting announcement – the launch of Media Lab! Media Lab was conceived out of a desire to disrupt the current media development model and offer best-in-class learning experiences at any scale. By bringing learning design and learning media production under one roof, our Media Lab is poised to help drive this […]

What to Expect: O’Donnell Learn & PADLA Present Equity and Inclusion in Online Course Design

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Jul 30, 2020

Topic: Equity and Inclusion in Online Course Design Date: Wednesday, August 5, 12 – 1 p.m. or 6 – 7 p.m. EDT Format: Webinar, Presentation followed by a brief discussion. Host: Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey Distance Learning Association (PADLA) Price: FREE Presenters: Carrie O’Donnell, Founder, O’Donnell Learn & Brett Christie, Ph.D, Director of Learning Experience Design, O’Donnell […]

A Student’s Perspective: 5 Reasons Why the Virtual Classroom Didn’t Cut it This Spring

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on May 21, 2020

Our Student Perspective series follows the real challenges that students are facing in their own words. It’s imperative that we consider the student’s voice when planning for teaching and learning. The following piece was written by Sophia Dolberg from Pima Community College in Tuscon, AZ. Just a few months ago, I thought “Zoom” was the […]

Avoiding Zoom Fatigue in the Virtual Classroom: Top Five Best Practices

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on May 12, 2020

With more than a month of obligatory online interactions behind us, we’re starting to encounter a very real hurdle- Zoom Fatigue. Of course, this new kind of exhaustion isn’t specific to Zoom. The same hyper-connected state of being is plaguing users of all video conferencing products as we work from a distance and battle isolation […]

What to Expect at Wednesday’s OLC Ideate Conversation

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Apr 20, 2020

Topic: Innovating Faculty Support to Educate Displaced Workers in the New Normal Date: Wednesday, April 22, 11:30 – 12:15 EDT Format: Guided roundtable discussion with breakout/small groups Facilitators: Gerry Hanley, Executive Director of MERLOT and Skills Common, and Professor of Psychology at Cal State University, Long Beach; Carrie O’Donnell, CEO & Founder, O’Donnell Learn. As […]

Design For People, Now.

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Apr 16, 2020

“Design is for people, not content”. These wise words were sent to me in a text message by my friend and collaborator, Gerry Hanley of California State University, Long Beach and Executive Director of Skills Common and MERLOT. This thinking sparked a conversation between Gerry and I that we are eager to extend to a […]

Infographic: Improve Student Engagement By Catering to Each Generation

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Apr 09, 2020

Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Inc.com, Training Journal, IACET, Lendkey, Barnes & Noble College

Direct From the Students: Communication is Key!

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Mar 27, 2020

Lately, we’ve been really paying attention to what the college-aged students related to the O’Donnell Learn team are saying about navigating their online classes. Some were already 100% online prior to their college campus closing due to COVID-19, and some were not. But what they’re telling me they need to successfully navigate online learning “in […]

“Going Virtual” Video Series Launching Today!

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Mar 25, 2020

The internet and social media are loaded with information and advice for faculty who are struggling to go online quickly. Much of it is centered around the critical area of technical support–what tools to use, when and how. At the same time, there’s a gap in resources available to support faculty who want to create […]