• Learning
    The heart of all progress: personal, social, cultural and economic
  • Technology
    Digital technologies are just the latest tools designed to extend our capabilities
  • Innovation
    We can be certain that change will happen, the challenge we face is making things better
  • Consultancy
    Helping to invent the future of learning


Learning has been at the heart of my work for the last 30 years and continues to be the main focus of my consultancy. I am interested in how people learn and how best to improve the quality of their learning.


One of my areas of expertise is around the implementation of digital technologies in educational contexts. Focusing on how they can be scaled sustainably to maximise their positive impact on learning.


My passion continues to be around developing and applying creative solutions that add value to my clients' businesses rather than pushing change for its own sake.


I am a self-employed independent consultant working on my own or with associates to provide advice, practical support and research to clients across the public, private and third sectors.


This website promotes Laurie O’Donnell’s learning, technology and innovation consultancy.

I have been self-employed since 2009 working to improve learning with great clients across the public, private and third sectors.

Since 2016 I have had a part-time role as Development Director (Future Learning) within the School of Design and Informatics at Abertay University. My role at Abertay is to lead the development of our Futurelearn online courses for the UK Centre of Excellence in Computer Games Education.

In 2016 I was also tasked with leading a Future Skills College (FSC) for Dundee and Angus. FSC is an attempt to close the gap between full-time school education and sustained employment for young people. FSC opened in June 2017 and is now fully integrated into the Dundee and Angus College Senior Phase offering.

Previously I was national Director of Learning and Technology and Head of Future Learning at Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS).

My background is in secondary school teaching and local government educational advisory services.

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