One area that novice instructional designers need to effectively navigate is their relationships with subject matter experts (SMEs). The SME role varies from organization to organization, and the relationship between instructional designer and SME can make or break a project. The good news is instructional designers can take steps to guide the process for a cordial collaboration. This can be scary and daunting at times, so I’ve pulled together a few resources and processes to help you develop the relationship as you gather the content.
3 Confidence-Builders for Managing SME Relationships
Paula O'Brien, M.Ed., works as a senior instructional designer, creating e-learning curriculum for pharmacists who specialize in renal care and dialysis. Paula's 14 years of expertise represent her creativity and passion for designing engaging instruction used in classroom, online, and blended sessions. Her courses have been delivered to enlisted military, veterans, technology professionals and pharmacy teams around the world.