211 - Essential Strategies to Enjoy Working with Talented SMEs

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Tools and Development

Instructional designers rely on SME's (subject matter experts) to co-create online courses. So why don't they teach you how to effectively work with them in instructional design school? As a freelance instructional designer for HarperCollins Leadership and an online course producer at Shopify, I've co-created 30+ courses with SMEs in the last couple years. In this session you will learn the essential strategies to effortlessly work with SMEs and avoid nightmare scenarios (like 132 pages of feedback the night before the project is due).

In this session you will learn the entire step-by-step process to attract SMEs and work with them; the 5 nightmare scenarios to avoid (case studies); the #1 skills to easily work with SMEs; the five top tech tools to help speed up the course creation process (from Zoom to; how to create boundaries as an instructional designer and get the most out of the SME on a time budget; and how to get glowing testimonials from SMEs to help with your performance review and credibility.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why it's crucial to master the skill of working with SMEs
  • How to avoid nightmare partnerships by setting boundaries and expectations with your SME from Day 1
  • How to save you and your SME time by using effective and budget-friendly tech tools
  • How to attract top tier SMEs to work with your company
  • How to develop a crucial skill to enjoy the process of creating the learning experience

Technology discussed:

Zoom, Rev, Google Docs, Rise360, Northpass, Thinkific, Teachable, Kajabi

Gwen Elliot, Online Course Producer/Instructional Designer - Shopify

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