The Purposeful Learning Framework TM, a free and Open Education Resource (OER), is our guidepost for developing great instructional design-driven learning experiences. Our framework puts people at the center of everything we do and sets the stage for learners to succeed, through empathy and courses that are social and humanized while promoting equity and inclusion. The Purposeful Learning Framework TM is the result of learning science, 30 years of proven practice, research, and development of learning experiences by the O’Donnell Learn team and Dr. Brett Christie’s work with universal design for learning and 1000s of instructors at the California State University System.
O’Donnell Learn’s unique approach to learning elevates traditional instructional design practices and forms the foundation of our design principles. Our designers use the framework as they partner with faculty to evolve teaching and learning experiences. In addition, all of our products are designed on the Purposeful Learning Framework TM foundation for easy adoption by instructors, educators, and institutions seeking to improve the success of the greatest number and diversity of students.
THE EIGHT ELEMENTS OF EFFECTIVE LEARNING
Close the gap between learning, technology, and people.
Welcome & Introduction Orientation, Socialization, Expectations
Humanizing & Learner Empathy Presence, Perspectives, Connections
Outcomes-Aligned Assessment Meaningful, Measurable, Attainable
Class as Community Voice, Agency, Relationships
Active & Authentic Learning Engaging, Applied, Relevant
Accessible Content & Technology Accessibility, Usability, Affordability
Intentional Instruction Chunked, Sequenced, Explicit
Equity & Inclusion Diversity, Access, Belonging
Orientation, Socialization, Expectations
Presence, Perspectives, Connections
Meaningful, Measurable, Attainable
Voice, Agency, Relationships
Engaging, Applied, Relevant
Accessibility, Usability, Affordability
Chunked, Sequenced, Explicit
Diversity, Access, Belonging
The "now normal" way of learning is based heavily in virtual or hybrid learning environments. In these environments, instructional design often focuses on the use of technology instead of the human elements and delivery of the learning experience. The Purposeful Learning FrameworkTM, is grounded in learning science and balances functional best practices (shown on the left) with the delivery of humanized and inclusive experiences (shown on the right).LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR APPROACH TO INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN