The Big Shift: Keeping Users In the Center of Your Design – O'Donnell Learn

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 goal, equally important is understanding the learner context in which a subject is delivered.

Doing this means: designing with the user’s wants, needs, constraints, motivating factors and barriers to success in mind every step of the process. Only with these in consideration throughout the process can you truly maximize the tools and technology available to help drive subject mastery.

This is a big change in our industry, impacting how designers approach the task at hand and how they interact with their clients to deliver the best result. For some it will be a completely new way of thinking about a design project. No longer building what can be built in the form of lessons and learning modules (which essentially impart knowledge assume everyone learns the same way), but instead stretching beyond this objective to design learning experiences with the user at the center of the design.

Big changes take time, and we all have to start somewhere. Here are just a sampling of ways you can begin to keep the user at the center of your design:


Purposeful Learning DesignTM – Why People are at the Center of Everything We Do

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Jan 15, 2021

I’m often asked why our company is so good at collaborating with  faculty. The first time I heard this question, I didn’t realize clients found this unique to O’Donnell Learn. We’ve always been great partners  because people are at the heart of everything we do. In fact, our entire design philosophy - Purposeful Learning DesignTM - is anchored around people.  It starts with this truth: learning is for people. As such, learning design should be grounded in empathy and it should promote success for both learners and faculty. Purposeful Learning Design is the philosophy we embrace to ensure we never lose sight of this truth. It is comprised of six key considerations.

2020 Reflective: Breathe Deep and Stay Agile

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Dec 22, 2020

While end-of-year survey results are still to come for how enrolled students are evaluating their 2020 college experience, I queried two of our staff, both students, about their overall experience and considered how these compared to what I was seeing with O’Donnell Learn clients. Kellie, our graphic design intern, just completed her Associates Degree in Graphic design. Prior to 2020, all of her courses met on campus. Cathryn, a Learning Design Associate is currently enrolled in an online Master of Education program in eLearning and Instructional Design. As this program was conceived as online delivery, it serves as a benchmark to compare against courses that were forced by COVID to switch delivery modes.

Evolving Our Project Management to Advance Client Results

Published By Craig Leonard
on Dec 16, 2020

If you were to talk to anyone in our organization, you’d quickly discover that we are all truly passionate about learning. So much so, that always learning is one of our core values. Learning from our successes, failures and each other is integral to how we operate and how we’ve grown into the agile company we are today.