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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 […]

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 […]