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

Should We Unbundle the Degree?

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Jan 09, 2020

The topic of unbundling the degree still brings mixed responses, even in discussions I had while attending a number of conferences during 2019. Some support unbundling the degree because it offers students greater control over their education – and a more direct path toward successful workforce preparedness. Others expressed concern that unbundling the degree would […]

Active Learning on the Uptick?

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Dec 17, 2019

The evidence is overwhelming that employing active learning strategies leads to deeper learning, increased retention and higher performance. In fact, the EDCAUSE Horizon Report: 2019 Higher Education Edition states 73 percent of universities surveyed indicate active learning classrooms are in the planning process or being implemented in 2020. Active learning is an instructional approach that […]

Could Micro-credentials Solve Macro Problems like College Completion?

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Dec 05, 2019

Last month, the National Student Clearinghouse® (NSC) Research Center ™ released a report on the 36 million Americans who started college but did not complete. The report accounts for 97% of post secondary enrollments in the US and includes data at the state level. Notable is the 22 percent increase in “some college, no degree” […]

Is OER Moving into the Mainstream?

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Nov 20, 2019

I recently attended the #OpenEd2019 conference looking for clarity on this question. You can see from the data in the infographic below that the use and acceptance of OER is increasing. Additionally, faculty resentment towards commercial publishers continues to grow, creating a more open environment for faculty awareness and acceptance of OER. At the conference, […]

OER is a Necessary Groundbreaker: A Millennial’s Perspective

Published By Cathryn Mattimore
on Nov 13, 2019

When I was a college student, nearly a decade ago, I remember dreading the trip to the campus bookstore to buy my books. I was taking a women’s European history class my first year and the syllabus listed 8 books we were required to purchase. One book alone was $100, and I was taking 4 […]

Are Campus Libraries An Untapped Partner for Advancing Higher Education OER Initiatives?

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Nov 07, 2019

In 2014, Babson Survey Research Group stated, “The most significant barrier to wider adoption of open educational resources (OER) remains a faculty perception of the time and effort required to find and evaluate it.” Enter the campus library. Already a repository of materials sought for information, knowledge and entertainment, and now indicated by community college […]

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 […]