304 Independent Contractors: Tips for Finding a Great Fit for Your Organization
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Tuesday, March 26
Management and Strategy
Do you ever worry about hiring independent contractors to support your learning projects? Are you realizing that the typical interview process needs to change a bit to ensure you make great selections quickly? Are you considering how you can market yourself as an independent contractor and increase your chances of being hired? Learn some insider tips on how to identify great learning support contractors or become one yourself.
In this session, you will gain insight into how to evaluate an independent contractor (e.g., graphic designer, instructional designer, technical writer, voice talent, third-party content creator) to support learning projects of varying sizes and complexity. You’ll get in-depth information on exploring five key areas that will help you hire with confidence: classification, competence, capacity, communication, and collaboration.
In this session, you will learn:
- How to be sure your independent contractor can’t be classified as an employee
- How to use guided questions, portfolio materials, and simple tests of skill to ensure technical competence
- How to ensure that your contractors will be available when and where you need them
- How to use the interview process to explore communication skills
- How to determine if a potential contractor’s collaboration skills will meet your needs
Designers, managers, and senior leaders (directors, VP, CLO, executive, etc.)
Katherine Robeson is the CEO of Elearning Experts. Kathie’s experience in eLearning stretches back to the mid-1990s, when she was among the first to explore and use learning management systems in higher education. Her experience with Moodle dates to 2003, and she is among the most experienced users of this open-source LMS. Kathie has served eLearning companies as a C-suite executive for over 10 years. She has been a LearningElite judge annually since 2015. She holds advanced degrees in business, psychology, nursing, and education with a focus on instructional design for online learning. She’s also a nurse practitioner.