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Challenges in Equity and Inclusion for Online Learning: An Interview with Dr. Brett Christie

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Sep 03, 2020

At O’Donnell Learn, we’ve always believed the path to great learning includes every learner and provides alternative pathways for different learners. When higher education shifted to emergency remote learning in March, significant gaps in equity and inclusion became evident. As institutions seek to resolve these gaps for online learning, we reached out to Dr. Brett […]

Parenting Online Remote Students When You’re a Leader in Online Learning– Adventures from Spring 20

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Jul 01, 2020

Parent Log: April 6 “It is Day Eternity in quarantine and I have lost my mind.” So responds one of my college-aged daughters to my question inquiring about her online classes. She elaborates, “I’m extremely upset that three of my classes no longer meet on Zoom because that has limited my interpersonal actions to just […]

Pass/Fail: The Only Option for Leveling the Learning Disparities of a COVID-19 Semester

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Apr 01, 2020

As universities and colleges grapple with the fallout of COVID-19 forcing onground courses online, controversies are brewing over how to grade. Some institutions have already moved to a pass/fail option, believing that normal grading in these unforeseen circumstances is both challenging and unfair. I applaud that decision. In fact, I suggest taking it one step […]

Unbundling: It Worked for the Airlines, Could It Work for Higher Ed?

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Feb 26, 2020

At a time when making education more affordable, increasing speed to degree are key strategies at most higher education institutions, is it also time to finally take a page from the airline industry and unbundle the degree? While most of us don’t want the HE experience to simulate the cramped seating and multiple flight delays […]

Will OER Breathe New Life Into Higher Education?

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Jan 24, 2020

Lowering the cost of required course materials and textbooks has been the goal from the beginning of the open educational resources (OER) movement. But with OER moving more mainstream, are we seeing other benefits as well? “OER Embrace” (Inside Higher Ed, September, 2019) shared that early data among some California community colleges suggests increased student […]

Could Micro-credentials Solve Macro Problems like College Completion?

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Dec 05, 2019

Last month, the National Student Clearinghouse® (NSC) Research Center ™ released a report on the 36 million Americans who started college but did not complete. The report accounts for 97% of post secondary enrollments in the US and includes data at the state level. Notable is the 22 percent increase in “some college, no degree” […]

Are Campus Libraries An Untapped Partner for Advancing Higher Education OER Initiatives?

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Nov 07, 2019

In 2014, Babson Survey Research Group stated, “The most significant barrier to wider adoption of open educational resources (OER) remains a faculty perception of the time and effort required to find and evaluate it.” Enter the campus library. Already a repository of materials sought for information, knowledge and entertainment, and now indicated by community college […]

On Being Excellent: Top Ten Qualities Great LX Designers Possess

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Oct 22, 2019

I’m often asked what makes a learning experience designer (LX designer) excellent at what they do. Part of that discussion is related to a post we wrote about how learning experience design has the potential to change the entire landscape of education as we know it. Primarily because learning experience design is grounded in design […]

The Big Shift: Keeping Users In the Center of Your Design

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Sep 20, 2019

One of the primary differences LX Design brings to education today is a focus on the user and how the experience of learning fits with a learner’s needs. It’s not an easy shift to move from designing instruction, to designing learner experiences. But design thinking helps. While mastery of a subject is still the overall […]