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3 Cs of the Designer-SME Relationship

For many instructional designers, collaboration with subject matter experts is a more productive alternative to competition. The “Three C” process is simple to understand: consult, collaborate, and continue. 

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Consult 

As professionals, you start out as consultants, not as collaborators. Collaboration requires a high level of trust on the part of the SME in the designer’s ability and character. Very few working relationships begin on the collaboration level, unless the

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