Elana Noetzel Joins O'Donnell Learn to Lead Learning Design Product Development

O'Donnell Learn | June 24, 2020

Elana Noetzel is taking on the role of Vice President of Learning Design Product Development, a newly created position at leading design firm, O'Donnell Learn. Noetzel's first initiative is leading the development of LX Accelerate, a suite of new technology-based services, currently underway  at O'Donnell Learn.  Begun in response to internal market research, industry trends and client insights, LX Accelerate will help higher education institutions build momentum around transforming online and blended learning experiences. "While O'Donnell Learn didn't develop LX Accelerate in response to COVID-19 [development began in mid-2019], the crisis certainly highlighted the need for it," Noetzel shares. "Faculty were tasked with quickly moving their courses to the virtual environment and most have no training. Their expertise is in their field of study. LX Accelerate provides the tools for higher ed institutions to support and empower their faculty to create engaging, effective learning experiences around their expertise." Noetzel's 20-year career spans many facets of education, including academic and online publishing, content development, instructional design and product development. Most recently, she leveraged her expertise as Senior Director Web Strategy and Business for education and technology company, Cengage. Prior, Noetzel co-founded learning platform Cafe Learn, where she led instructional design and product development.

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