Association of Talent Development - Greater Cincinnati Chapter

Cara North | Senior Learning Experience Designer at The Ohio State University

Pick Your Own Path: Creating Interactive Learning Experiences
9:15 - 10:15a (Magnolia Hall)

Cara NorthDid you flip pages to "Choose Your Own Adventure" books? Did "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" snatch your attention? Both excite their audience by offering meaningful choices and encouraging multiple attempts through branching storylines. Learn how the research behind and applications affect choosing your own experiences in learning can inspire curiosity and encourage higher-order thinking. Experiment with sample games created through simple presentation software, an eLearning module, and video.

About Cara North

Cara North is an award-winning Senior Learning Experience Designer at The Ohio State University. As part of her role, she creates online courses and facilitates workshops for the College of Education and Human Ecology. She serves as President of Central Ohio ATD and is also a Ph.D. student in Learning Technologies at The Ohio State University. Cara was previously an instructional designer at Amazon where she created learning materials for Amazon Kindle. A self-proclaimed professional development and social media junkie, you can often find her on Twitter (@caranorth11) or hosting her show about Learning Technologies on The Training Learning and Development Cast (


What is a piece of advice you would share with emerging professionals?
Always ask for feedback. The way we grow is through feedback so don't be afraid to ask for it on programs you create.

What are you looking forward to the most at this year's conference?
The GCATD conference was my 1st speaking engagement in L&D! It always feels like a homecoming coming back to this conference. I also love meeting other Ohio L&D professionals.

What excites you most about the topic you will be sharing at the conference?
I get excited about showing a technique that can be used at any level of technical acumen. You don't always need expensive tools to create interactive learning experiences. The possibilities of creating pick your own path scenarios are endless once you have the technique down.


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