What to Expect: O’Donnell Learn & PADLA Present Equity and Inclusion in Online Course Design – O'Donnell Learn

What to Expect: O’Donnell Learn & PADLA Present Equity and Inclusion in Online Course Design

Published by Carrie O'Donnell
on Jul 30, 2020

Topic: Equity and Inclusion in Online Course Design

Date: Wednesday, August 5, 12 – 1 p.m. or 6 – 7 p.m. EDT

Format: Webinar, Presentation followed by a brief discussion.

Host: Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey Distance Learning Association (PADLA)

Price: FREE

Presenters: Carrie O’Donnell, Founder, O’Donnell Learn & Brett Christie, Ph.D, Director of Learning Experience Design, O’Donnell Learn

This FREE, one-hour webinar will present and invite discussion around the implementation of Universal Design for Learning, including practices for digital equity and inclusion.

Though Fall 2020 remains uncertain, I’m excited to discuss what can be done differently to ensure equal access and the opportunity to excel for the greatest number and diversity of students. I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned across 15 years experience with Universal Design for Learning, especially newer elements related to equity and inclusion. Brett Christie, Ph.D.

The emergency remote instruction of Spring 2020 exposed ways in which institutions or instructors placed more students on the wrong side of the digital divide. Unfortunately, the rapid shift to online also served to widen the accessibility gap, further marginalizing students with disabilities or those needing materials in alternate formats.

With Fall 2020 upon us, it is imperative we critically examine how to develop and deliver courses, resources and experiences in an inclusive manner. Teaching strategies and learning solutions must promote access, inclusivity and a sense of belonging to ensure learning experiences are as equitable as possible across a wide range of students.

Participants joining us can expect to gain:

  • Understanding and empathy for how rapid scaling to online instruction can exacerbate teaching-learning inequities

  • Guidance for using the principles of Universal Design for Learning as a framework inclusive course design and delivery

  • Awareness of Universal Design for Learning resources available to guide related course changes, including examples

  • Opportunities to interact around main issues instructors and students face as well as solutions aimed at minimizing learning process inequities

  • Access to Brett and Carrie’s presentation outlining the Universal Design for Learning Strategies

Join us online August 5, at 12 noon or 6 p.m. The webinar is free, but registration is required. Sessions are identical.


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.