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WHAT’S ON OUR MINDS.

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

The WOW Factor: Creating Faculty Development That Sparks Interest and Envy

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Jan 19, 2021

Imagine our surprise last summer when we reached out to 475 faculty and learned the online courses for nearly half were simply mirrors of their face-to-face instruction. In fact, only 22% were designing their courses differently for online. With all of the faculty development around online learning being offered, why weren’t more faculty designing courses specifically for this type of instruction? As it turns out, faculty weren’t engaging with development options at a level you might expect given COVID-19 and the rapid shift to online learning. Something we’d also learned in surveys and interviews with170 provosts and academic leaders a year earlier. The solution? The WOW Factor.

Purposeful Learning DesignTM – Why People are at the Center of Everything We Do

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Jan 15, 2021

I’m often asked why our company is so good at collaborating with  faculty. The first time I heard this question, I didn’t realize clients found this unique to O’Donnell Learn. We’ve always been great partners  because people are at the heart of everything we do. In fact, our entire design philosophy - Purposeful Learning DesignTM - is anchored around people.  It starts with this truth: learning is for people. As such, learning design should be grounded in empathy and it should promote success for both learners and faculty. Purposeful Learning Design is the philosophy we embrace to ensure we never lose sight of this truth. It is comprised of six key considerations.

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