Presenter Bios

Carrie O’Donnell
Founder, O’Donnell Learn

For over 25 years, Carrie O’Donnell has been a change-agent in the education industry, focusing on digital learning solutions for the workplace and higher education, and on using customer insight to build great learning experiences. Her firm, O’Donnell Learn, is a leading learning design agency in higher education. Founded 30 years ago as a virtual company, the team includes hundreds of learning designers who partner with institutions and their faculty to improve virtual or blended learning.

Brett Christie, Ph.D.
Director of Learning Experience Design, O’Donnell Learn

Brett Christie

Brett has worked in higher education for over 25 years, with extensive experience leading teaching-learning initiatives that involve a myriad of stakeholders. Many of these efforts have included course redesign for more innovative and effective uses of technology, including quality online course design and delivery. In particular, Brett is known as an expert in applying Universal Design for Learning as a means for greater equity, accessibility, and inclusivity. As a first generation college student himself, Brett is particularly invested in ways to close equity gaps that exist in postsecondary education.

Company Description

O’Donnell Learn (ODL) is a leading learning design firm dedicated to helping learners achieve their goals and flourish in life.  A fast-growing, agile services company, ODL is passionate about learner-centered design and innovation. We partner with higher education institutions and organizations to help them accelerate learning transformation and deliver new experiences that use evidence-based practices.


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