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201 Building Partnerships with Your Subject Matter Experts
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Wednesday, December 12
When designing eLearning we need to do things early in the project, like assess what information the learners already know, what the key stakeholders expect the outcomes to be, and, most importantly, how best to mind the gap between those two. Often this is accomplished with the aid of subject matter experts (SMEs). But your project SMEs have many responsibilities, and their work with you is usually in addition to their regular work. While it’s great to have partners to provide project content and organizational insights, these relationships don’t always initially go as smoothly as we want them to.
During this session, you’ll learn strategies for how you can build connection and rapport with your SMEs and find work processes that respect both your workloads. You’ll discover how using the project kick-off meeting to acknowledge and address SME concerns is time well spent. You’ll also discuss in detail how to work with individual types of SMEs to keep the project moving forward.
In this session, you will learn:
- Tips for helping your SMEs manage having additional responsibilities added to their workload
- Tips for establishing a communication plan—for individual SMEs and across the project team
- How defining everyone's roles and core responsibilities will save time and effort
- Techniques for increasing clarity by mapping the design and development process
Learning In The White Space
Dawn J. Mahoney is the owner of Learning In The White Space. She works with a variety of different organizations helping them to build active and engaging learning content that makes people more effective in their work. She is passionate about what she does and believes that developing people through better learning, better instructional design, and better conversation is the best job ever. Design, development, learning, and training isn’t just what she does; it’s who she is.