Insights

Championing Global Accessibility

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on May 23, 2022

Staff Spotlight: Cheryl Laubacher

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Apr 14, 2022

Instructional Design for the X’s and O’s

Published By Brett Christie, PhD
on Apr 12, 2022

Women: The O’Donnell Origin Story

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Mar 11, 2022

One of my goals for founding O’Donnell Learn was to create an engaging, inclusive career opportunity for women who were Moms. Yesterday, on International Women’s Day, I reflected on that goal and am very proud that we have created a career path for 100s of women in the past 30 years!!

Check Ins Are Here to Welcome Students

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Mar 07, 2022

Recently, Brett Christie and I led a group of faculty through our Pump Up The Feedback webinar. We walked instructors through opportunities to shift formative assessments from obligatory check-ins into welcome opportunities for students and instructors to connect. Through research, we’ve seen that this shift infinitely uplevels learner engagement. We put together a series of easy steps to Pump Up The Feedback for Formative Assessments that will lower the stakes and up the intrigue for students.

The Shift from Quad to Cloud

Published By Brett Christie, PhD
on Feb 18, 2022

Two years ago, our day-to-day functioned on an entirely different scale. We were in person, constantly in community, and those expectations had existed for the better part of a century.…

Giving Faculty Back Their Time

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Nov 10, 2021

Institutions and faculty are emerging from the pandemic with the realization that they must reframe their courses for an evolving, and here to stay, virtual learning landscape. Many online courses resulted from an overnight shift from in person to virtual. With little time to reimagine learning with pixelated faces and on screen white boards, courses that were developed for in person do not translate to the screen. 

Our Major Takeaways from The Purposeful Learning Festival 2021

Published By Cathryn Mattimore
on Oct 27, 2021

In case you missed it, throughout the month of September, O’Donnell Learn hosted a virtual festival seeking to bring awareness to student mental health and well-being. Over a series of 7 virtual sessions, we discussed strategies for educators to support student success and ways to craft learning environments that support learner well-being, especially during uncertain times. Here are our key takeaways from the Purposeful Learning Festival 2021.

“See each other for the humanity that holds us” Lessons in Trauma Informed Pedagogy from Mays Imad

Published By Cathryn Mattimore
on Oct 20, 2021

O’Donnell Learn recently hosted a webinar led by Mays Imad, Ph.D. as a part of its recent Purposeful Learning Festival focused on mental health and wellness. Dr. Imad is a thought leader in trauma-informed pedagogy and a professor at Pima Community College based in Tucson, Arizona where she is also the coordinator of the Teaching & Learning Center. As a current Master’s of Education student at Northeastern University who also lives with mental illness, I was excited to learn more about using the classroom, virtual or traditional, as a safe place for learners to heal and grow. I met virtually with Dr. Imad to hear more about her teaching philosophy, beliefs surrounding mental health, and ways to ensure student success in uncertain times.