Working with Subject Matter Experts

Working with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) is crucial when developing training programs because we need their expertise and best practices. But HOW do we work with SMEs?

1. Engagement

Reach out to the SMEs and express the need for their expertise in creating top-notch training programs.

2. Collaboration

Establish a collaborative relationship, recognizing their in-depth knowledge and insights. Work closely with them throughout the process.

3. Extract expert knowledge

Dive deep into the SMEs’ expertise by asking targeted questions and gathering key concepts, skills, and potential challenges learners may face.

4. Translate knowledge

Use instructional design skills to transform complex subject matter into engaging and digestible learning materials. Simplify information without losing its essence.

5. Maintain communication

Keep the lines of communication open with SMEs, seeking feedback and ensuring alignment. Collaboration and regular check-ins are essential for success.

6. Find the right balance

Strive to strike a balance between expert knowledge and effective instructional design. Collaborate with SMEs to create training experiences that are engaging, informative, and memorable.

7. Develop exceptional materials

Use the expertise of SMEs to develop high-quality training materials, such as presentations, interactive activities, and videos, aiming to make learning enjoyable and impactful.

By following these steps, instructional designers can effectively work with SMEs, harness their expertise, and create training programs that truly empower learners.

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