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WHAT’S ON OUR MINDS.

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

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 […]

Humanizing Online Learning: What I Learned from OLC Ideate

Published By Cathryn Mattimore
on May 13, 2020

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the OLC Ideate virtual conference recently. After participating in several collaborative sessions, I found it interesting to see common themes weaved in throughout the different sessions. As you might have guessed, examining the continued impact of COVID-19 in higher ed and what our season of “social […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

“Do what you can…”

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Mar 18, 2020

When I read this quote by Teddy Roosevelt, it made me pause… and then to take stock. What can I do in this moment, right now, to make a difference? How can I positively impact where I am, with what I have? As we all wrestle with the unexpected changes in our lives due to […]