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The Greatest Teacher You Ever Had

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Feb 21, 2019

I have been thinking a lot lately about how I became interested in learning experience (LX) design. I have always told my team that my “worst teacher” experience propelled me…

Let’s Ditch the “Hurry Up and Wait” Learning Experience

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Feb 14, 2019

In so many ways, our education system, particularly in higher ed, is too focused on making students hurry up and wait.  Hurry up and memorize these formulas. Wait until we…

Diversity is a Necessary Ingredient for Innovation

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Jan 30, 2019

This Dr. Seuss quote speaks to the heart of innovation: diversity—of thought, of perspective, of context and experience.  Successful innovations come from diverse teams collaborating on the same problem.  This…

Design Learning To Promote Mastery Rather Than Failure

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Jan 16, 2019

Too often, learning experiences are designed for failure, or at least to weed out those who fail.  In many college courses, it is expected that students will attend class, read…

Going Beyond Big Data: Why Edtech and Higher Ed Efficacy Needs Qualitative Research

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Sep 13, 2016

Organizations often question why qualitative research is critical to product success. Market research is one of O’Donnell Learn’s (ODL) cornerstone service offerings, so we like to answer that question. Here’s…

The Next-Gen Learning Eco-System: Is It Here Already?

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Jul 05, 2016

There are few people who can address the evolution of the LMS and the edtech ecosystem with as much insight and expertise as Ray Henderson, Blackboard’s former President and Chief…

Leadership and Experience Relate to Education

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on May 18, 2016

Retired four-star General McChrystal delivered the closing keynote at ASU GSV Summit 2016, which I attended. I was struck by the difference between his speech and the closing ASU GSV…

The Argument for (more) Competency Based Education

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Apr 16, 2016

A few weeks ago I finished a book by Todd Rose called The End of Average, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. For more than 25…