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WHAT’S ON OUR MINDS.

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

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 […]

OER: Transitioning from a Movement to Mainstream?

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Nov 01, 2019

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 […]

On Being Excellent: Top Ten Qualities Great LX Designers Possess

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Oct 22, 2019

I’m often asked what makes a learning experience designer (LX designer) excellent at what they do. Part of that discussion is related to a post we wrote about how learning experience design has the potential to change the entire landscape of education as we know it. Primarily because learning experience design is grounded in design […]

Healthy Skepticism–The Key Ingredient for Deep Learning

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Oct 10, 2019

On my first day of college, as my parents dropped me off at Holy Cross, my father gave me some sage advice: the most important thing you can take away from your next four years is a healthy skepticism. As I earned my liberal arts degree, there were loads of learning activities that helped me […]

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 […]

Finding Great Subject Matter Experts

Published By Cathryn Mattimore
on Sep 20, 2019

Creating great learning experiences requires a partnership between subject matter experts (aka SMEs), including great teachers, and learning experience designers. Here at O’Donnell Learn we seek to find, hire, and work with premium subject matter experts to ensure the creation of the highest quality learning experiences. Our practices around recruiting and vetting SMEs have evolved […]

The Big Shift: Keeping Users In the Center of Your Design

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Sep 20, 2019

One of the primary differences LX Design brings to education today is a focus on the user and how the experience of learning fits with a learner’s needs. It’s not an easy shift to move from designing instruction, to designing learner experiences. But design thinking helps. While mastery of a subject is still the overall […]

Sustaining a Culture of Innovation

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Sep 05, 2019

Innovation, long the corporate buzzword for how an organization can be more productive, shape their future and remain ahead of their competition’s curve. Innovation is at the heart of what helps companies thrive. But after all the brainstorming sessions, the think tank experts and enough Post-it® notes to keep 3M in business, many companies find […]