Why Subject Matter Experts Need to be Part of Your Capacity Planning

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When learning leaders are analyzing their plans for training projects and whether their team has the capacity to fulfill the demand for training, it’s imperative to include more peripheral training project team members in the equation. Subject matter experts (SMEs) are essential to the creation of effective training solutions. In a time of increasingly high […]

Importance of Subject Matter Experts: The Pros and Cons of Working with SMEs

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It’s often seen as a burden on training professionals and instructional designers, but the importance of subject matter experts and working with them cannot be understated. But take heart – it’s not all bad! There are plenty of pros to working with subject matter experts, both for the SMEs themselves and for the training team. […]

Why did the SME cross the road?

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The punchline? They didn’t – and they won’t. Selecting the right subject matter expert for your training project is only half the battle. Once you know who you want to work with, you need to get them on board. Not only that, but you need to make sure they stay on board for the duration. […]

How to Set Up Subject Matter Experts for Success on Training Projects

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We continue to focus on helping L&D teams optimize the course building process. It’s imperative that the process of building learning experiences proves valuable for all stakeholders, including the outsiders temporarily brought in to help build that course—namely, subject matter experts (SMEs). No two course projects are identical. Indeed, what processes worked for one team […]

Working with Subject Matter Experts: A Project Timeline

As learning needs escalate for organizations of all sizes, finding the best way to rapidly build courses and get them to learners is a challenge. Most course content is highly dependent on subject matter experts (SMEs). Their input is crucial, and even though a course might be built using well-designed templates that facilitate the generation […]

Herding Cats: How to Improve Relations with SMEs on Learning Projects

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Should you give your Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) a deadline? Of course—she is a team member like everyone else. Should you create a unique user ID for your SME so that she can access your authoring tool? Hmmm—that’s a tough one, as this might incur additional expenses. Questions about working with SMEs arise from time […]

6 Things You Need to Know About Working with SMEs on a Training Project

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We write about working with subject matter experts (SMEs) from time to time, in order to share experiences and new insights. SMEs may not be instructional designers but without their expertise, courses cannot be built. With the explosion in the need for learning experiences, the ability to work successfully with SMEs has become of the […]

Digital Transformation in L&D: Digitizing Knowledge Capture from SMEs

New technology, consumer expectations, and a rapidly changing business landscape have been driving digital transformation for some years now. But for one reason or another, the adoption rate of digital transformation in certain sectors and companies has been slower than expected.  However, shifts in market forces and the macro environment have become so unpredictable (the […]

4 Ways to Encourage Training Project Commitment from Your SMEs

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs): we need their content to build our courses. We may have the most advanced authoring tools or the most engaging design elements in place, but without content, there’s no course. We’ve written before about working with SMEs, and we thought it was time to have another look at the best ways […]

How to Manage Training Projects and Work With SMEs Remotely

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Remote working has transformed the learning landscape. We’ve previously covered the way the delivery of training has changed and how to keep employees engaged. But the new landscape also has implications for the way training teams manage training projects and create new learning experiences.  Managing training projects remotely may be a completely new experience for […]