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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 Mastery Reduce the Emotional Cost of Traditional Learning?

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Aug 29, 2019

Nearly everyone I talk with has his or her own version of the same story. A workshop, class or even an entire semester that defeated them. A learning experience when victory was not to be had. These memories often bring with them a sense of embarrassment, shame, disappointing others, lowered self-esteem and in some cases, […]

A Strong QA Process–The Final Step for High Quality Learning

Published By Cathryn Mattimore
on Aug 29, 2019

What’s one way O’Donnell Learn ensures learners are provided with the best instructional content? Quality Assurance, or QA. It is a necessary finishing step for course development. Without it, instructional content might be susceptible to both editorial inconsistencies and overlooked technical issues. QA is put into place to weed out errors and maintain the integrity […]

Mindset over Matter: Does Higher Ed Understand Its Mission-Critical Role?

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Aug 21, 2019

In 2006, when Sir Ken Robinson struck a nerve with what is now the most viewed TED talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity?,” climate change, the rise of AI, and other hot topics were not the focal points they are today. Now his argument vis a vis schools has expanded. Education’s role is not just mission-critical […]

Do You See Doors or Parentheses?

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Aug 16, 2019

The quote above is the closing thought to a blog post by renowned business writer, Seth Godin, in which he pens his view on open and closed doors and how we can choose to see them. In his opening, Godin states: “Technology shows up and changes the culture. The culture then enables new industries and […]

Discovering Why Before Jumping to What

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Aug 09, 2019

It’s human nature to rush to a solution once a problem has been discovered. Though it might seem to make sense to take this approach with LX design, designing effective learning experiences requires putting the learner’s needs front and center – and it’s impossible to do that without first digging deep to find out why […]

Utilize a Design Triad to Improve LX Design Success

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Aug 08, 2019

Key to developing new learning experiences is assessing what both the learner and instructor want, what can be done with allocated resources and what is consistent with the client’s overall strategy and goals. There are many tools available to help shape the direction of a design approach, while also helping minimize a client’s risk. One […]

Microcredentials – Higher Education’s Path To Remaining Relevant For The Long Haul?

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Jul 24, 2019

According to Berson by Deloitte, a leading workforce and talent development consultancy, 57% of jobs are vulnerable to automation and 70% of business leaders believe they need a new mix of talent and skills. Clearly, new skills will be needed in the future for jobs that aren’t even on the horizon today. For colleges and […]

Which Comes First, Character or Culture?

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Mar 28, 2019

This quote by Anne Frank really resonated. I have been thinking a lot about character, particularly as it relates to culture in business and in our educational institutions.  With the pervasive culture of cheating, lies and obfuscations that we are seeing in our country’s “leaders”, it seems more important than ever that we create a […]

Why We Embrace LX Design

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Mar 21, 2019

In higher education, there is a growing demand for redesigning the higher ed learning experience in a way that understands the learner, drives student retention, and bridges the gap between academia and the workforce. Here at O’Donnell Learn (ODL), we spend a lot of time thinking about the best ways to create great learning experiences. […]