What to Expect at Wednesday’s OLC Ideate Conversation – O'Donnell Learn

What to Expect at Wednesday’s OLC Ideate Conversation

Published by Carrie O'Donnell
on Apr 20, 2020

Topic: Innovating Faculty Support to Educate Displaced Workers in the New Normal Date: Wednesday, April 22, 11:30 – 12:15 EDT Format: Guided roundtable discussion with breakout/small groups

Facilitators: Gerry Hanley, Executive Director of MERLOT and Skills Common, and Professor of Psychology at Cal State University, Long Beach; Carrie O’Donnell, CEO & Founder, O’Donnell Learn.

As higher ed institutions redesign courses and other learning experiences to accommodate displaced workers and the new normal after COVID-19, it’s time to start a conversation about how to support faculty innovation around developing learning experiences for this specific learner.

Our session will start with Five Whys, a design thinking exercise, that will help us gain a deeper view of the challenges faculty are facing when redesigning learning for this new normal. More than getting at the facts, this exercise will give us an empathetic and compassionate view of the current faculty experience.

With this in-depth view as our foundation, we’ll break into smaller groups. Gerry and Carrie will lead these groups through guided brainstorming sessions around how institutions can support faculty during this time of great change.

To wrap, we’ll come back together as the larger group, recap our small group brainstorming results and share our learnings. Participant Bonus: The conversation is just getting started! Following OLC Ideate, we’ll be sharing key learnings and session notes with participants for open collaboration, to continue our dialogue and further evolve the learnings. Please register for OLC Ideate to join us for Wednesday’s conversation! P.S. If you can’t make our event check out this fantastic schedule.


The WOW Factor: Creating Faculty Development That Sparks Interest and Envy

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Jan 19, 2021

Imagine our surprise last summer when we reached out to 475 faculty and learned the online courses for nearly half were simply mirrors of their face-to-face instruction. In fact, only 22% were designing their courses differently for online. With all of the faculty development around online learning being offered, why weren’t more faculty designing courses specifically for this type of instruction? As it turns out, faculty weren’t engaging with development options at a level you might expect given COVID-19 and the rapid shift to online learning. Something we’d also learned in surveys and interviews with170 provosts and academic leaders a year earlier. The solution? The WOW Factor.

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.