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FALL 2020: Collecting Learner Feedback and Applying the Results

Published By Brett Christie, PhD
on Oct 15, 2020

Recently, O’Donnell Learn CEO, Carrie O’Donnell and I began hosting short webinars to address critical issues higher education faculty are currently facing. Our aim is to provide concise, actionable resources to help faculty create a more successful learning experience, particularly in the context of this semester’s challenges.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Going Virtual” Video Series Launching Today!

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Mar 25, 2020

The internet and social media are loaded with information and advice for faculty who are struggling to go online quickly. Much of it is centered around the critical area of technical support–what tools to use, when and how. At the same time, there’s a gap in resources available to support faculty who want to create […]

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 […]

First Day Advice From the Field

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Jan 22, 2020

Welcome back professors! With the start of the new term comes two things, new opportunities for learning and first day jitters. Even the seasoned professors we work with tell us they still get nervous on the first day of class. Of course, the first week is also when you’re creating a vision of what’s to […]

Accelerating Innovation to Improve Student Learning

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Jan 14, 2020

As we enter the new decade, it is clear that higher education institutions need to accelerate innovation in order to improve student learning. Our higher education ecosystem can’t move fast enough! The demands are loud and strong from employers, from students who fail to complete, from students who question the relevance of their degree, and […]