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WHAT’S ON OUR MINDS.

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

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 […]

Finding Great Subject Matter Experts

Published By Cathryn Mattimore
on Sep 20, 2019

Creating great learning experiences requires a partnership between subject matter experts (aka SMEs), including great teachers, and learning experience designers. Here at O’Donnell Learn we seek to find, hire, and work with premium subject matter experts to ensure the creation of the highest quality learning experiences. Our practices around recruiting and vetting SMEs have evolved […]

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 […]

Can Mastery Reduce the Emotional Cost of Traditional Learning?

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Aug 29, 2019

Nearly everyone I talk with has his or her own version of the same story. A workshop, class or even an entire semester that defeated them. A learning experience when victory was not to be had. These memories often bring with them a sense of embarrassment, shame, disappointing others, lowered self-esteem and in some cases, […]

Mindset over Matter: Does Higher Ed Understand Its Mission-Critical Role?

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Aug 21, 2019

In 2006, when Sir Ken Robinson struck a nerve with what is now the most viewed TED talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity?,” climate change, the rise of AI, and other hot topics were not the focal points they are today. Now his argument vis a vis schools has expanded. Education’s role is not just mission-critical […]

Do You See Doors or Parentheses?

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Aug 16, 2019

The quote above is the closing thought to a blog post by renowned business writer, Seth Godin, in which he pens his view on open and closed doors and how we can choose to see them. In his opening, Godin states: “Technology shows up and changes the culture. The culture then enables new industries and […]

Discovering Why Before Jumping to What

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Aug 09, 2019

It’s human nature to rush to a solution once a problem has been discovered. Though it might seem to make sense to take this approach with LX design, designing effective learning experiences requires putting the learner’s needs front and center – and it’s impossible to do that without first digging deep to find out why […]