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WHAT’S ON OUR MINDS.

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

Evolving Our Project Management to Advance Client Results

Published By Craig Leonard
on Dec 16, 2020

If you were to talk to anyone in our organization, you’d quickly discover that we are all truly passionate about learning. So much so, that always learning is one of our core values. Learning from our successes, failures and each other is integral to how we operate and how we’ve grown into the agile company we are today.

FALL 2020: Prep for Spring with the Purposeful Learning Scorecard

Published By Brett Christie, PhD
on Dec 08, 2020

As we head into 2021, you may be wondering how effective your courses are in the online environment for your students. Earlier this week, O’Donnell Learn CEO, Carrie O’Donnell, and I presented our third in a series of Fall 2020 webinars focused on helping faculty create better online courses and in turn, better learning experiences for students. For this webinar, Prep for Spring Semester with the Purposeful Learning Scorecard, we turned our attention to discovering where gaps might exist between instruction and learning and making improvements for the upcoming semester.

FALL 2020: Improving the Learning Experience with Low Stakes Assessments

Published By Brett Christie, PhD
on Nov 19, 2020

In a world where learners experience giving and receiving feedback throughout their daily life, learning experiences most often provide the opposite. While learners are used to sensing and taking in an experience as part of processing their day, many times students and faculty have no sense of how well learning is happening until the mid-terms, final exams or final projects are graded. This serves no stakeholder well. Good news! Low-stakes assessments help create an effective feedback loop and are easy to implement anytime in the term.

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 […]

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 […]