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Working with Subject Matter Experts Assignment

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    Taaha S.
    IN
    Taaha S.

    Let us consider a hypothetical scenario in which we need content for developing a course in workplace safety training. I feel that a basic questionnaire such as the one below can be used to elicit information and relevant content from the SME: 1) Can you provide information on Workplace safety guidelines and laws around the globe? 2) Can you organize and deliver your content in a manner similar to sample course X? 3) Can you ensure the accuracy as well as originality (lack of plagiarism) of your content? 4) Can you point out key topics within the content for which learners need to be assessed? 5) What is the time-frame in which you promise to deliver the content? 6) Are you willing to consider feedback from our side and revise the content according to it? If yes, then how much time will it take you? 7) Can you give a detailed break-down of resources to be employed and the cost structure for giving the content?

    Andrew P.
    GB
    Andrew P.

    I agree with you all though it is also important to have in mind is the course being relation to the organization and the market it is in or is the training being carried out with the intention of gaining a professional accreditation or something of a national standard where there will be core requirements outlined by SMEs external to the organization.

    April W.
    US
    April W.

    My experience here has always been in a collaborative environment, which has actually included SMEs with some level of familiarity with e-learning--that has been a huge benefit with respect to time, cost-savings, and better communication of the intended goals.

    Nikki H.
    US
    Nikki H.

    I supply SMEs with data and examples of peer-like training to get the conversation going. I would ask them about their expectations, availability, and specific organizational goals and objectives.

    Renaldi W.
    ID
    Renaldi W.

    First I'll see SMEs curriculum vitae so I know that He/She is the expert. Secondly Preparing complete data and question so SMEs can tell to us what is the best training for participants. If I'm not sure with one SMEs, maybe I'll ask other SMEs so we can get second opinion.

    Julius M.
    ZM
    Julius M.

    I understand now, i used draw blanks from SME when I try to "simply" topics by referring to theories being employed when eliciting for information. But when the meaning of questions is understood in a non-patronising way, I learn something from SME. They are able to explain why and how they implement their objectives, never mind the disconnect at times.

    Rekha V.
    IN
    Rekha V.

    First things first, I set expectations with the client in terms of their availability. I would also be interested to know why they think this training is important for the business and the audience. I would reconfirm the course specifications, such as the course scope and duration. If there are any discrepancies in the scope, it must be addressed before the initiation of course design and development.

    Julie P.
    US
    Julie P.

    I think allowing the SME to walk you through their version of what you are working on together, then being able to take a step back and ask more specific questions allows the SME to share the knowledge they feel is important and will allow me the ISD to create the visual path.

    Jeffrey B.
    US
    Jeffrey B.

    The points I would consider would be the level of experience needed to perform the tasks, the training needed, any certificates or licensure, and how does that meet the goals of the organization.

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