Rather than simply bombarding users with information, Carroll begins with a different approach. “As an instructional designer, I like to understand what behavior my clients are looking to change.” She then designs training scenarios in which users can learn from the consequences of their own responses. Carroll creates most of her courses using Articulate Storyline, which allows her to create interactive lessons and quizzes using a variety of tools.
Carroll is a big fan of animation as a way to enhance the online learning experience. “It’s great to use something that’s inherently engaging. Animation is inherently engaging. Besides,” she adds, “It’s just so fun to work with.” Plotagon Studio offers her a way to create 3D animated characters and videos quickly and easily. She then exports the finished products as MP4 videos and inserts them into Storyline to add interaction.