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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 […]

Can Higher Ed Combine Silos to Advance the Learning Experience?

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Nov 07, 2019

In the past few months, I have been traveling around the country, conversing with university leaders about changing the learning experience, making it more relevant and successful for today’s learners—for working adults, for underserved populations, etc. What strikes me, is that we have siloed out our change drivers so that each becomes a niche. This […]

Learn by Teaching

Published By Cathryn Mattimore
on Oct 30, 2019

O’Donnell Learn is committed to discovering teaching methodologies that improve student success. We’ve found that one way to do this is by asking students to teach the very same material they’re attempting to master. By having students teach the material they’re learning, their comprehension levels dramatically improve. This idea is explained in greater length in […]

Can LXD Do for Learning What the iPhone Did for Connection?

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Oct 03, 2019

When Apple launched the first iPhone, they did more than give consumers a new way to make a cell call or send a text. With a single product introduction, Apple not only put a mobile computer in the palm of a consumer’s hand, they completely changed the way consumers could connect with others and the […]

A Strong QA Process–The Final Step for High Quality Learning

Published By Cathryn Mattimore
on Aug 29, 2019

What’s one way O’Donnell Learn ensures learners are provided with the best instructional content? Quality Assurance, or QA. It is a necessary finishing step for course development. Without it, instructional content might be susceptible to both editorial inconsistencies and overlooked technical issues. QA is put into place to weed out errors and maintain the integrity […]

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 […]