When designing curriculum, a subject matter expert, or SME, is called upon for their expertise in the subject area. There are two routes to choose from when selecting SMEs: Using a SME that is already a part of your company Outsourcing a SME Each option has its own advantages and disadvantages. Being aware of the pros and cons of each will help you to better navigate while working with a subject matter expert. In-House Let’s begin with the good stuff. If you are working with a subject matter expert in-house, you may experience a faster response time. The in-house SME has likely worked on another project before and has developed a rapport with the team. Since they may already be familiar with the workflow, this may save time explaining to them how to document suggested changes and navigate the content of the course. It also may be easier to communicate with an in-house SME. There are some drawbacks to using in-house SMEs, however. For example, they may already be the dedicated SME on several other projects. [...]
A subject matter expert, or SME, plays a critical role in the instructional design process. The SME is an expert in a particular content area, often with an advanced degree in this subject. Individuals from a variety of professions can be SMEs, ranging from elementary educators to biologists in the field. During the curriculum development process, a SME may: Collaborate with the development team Add substance to outlines and storyboards Ensure that content is accurate Answer questions that arise about the content area The Instructional Design Process The SME and the instructional designer begin their collaboration early on by determining the needs of the learner and the learner’s characteristics. The SME and instructional designer create a list of characteristics that a learner in their class may have. The SME then works with a writer to create a course description. Then the instructional designer suggests a sequencing of the class. The SME approves the sequencing. Once the instructional designer creates objectives for the course, the SME evaluates the objectives based on the content and makes sure that [...]
Educators want authentic experiences for professional development. Some of our recent blog posts include best practices for planning training that incorporates real world modeling situations. Are you planning professional development and wondering how to make connections and build relationships with experts and practitioners in the field? Here are three tips for a successful partnership with a subject matter expert, also known as a SME. 1) A Brief Time Commitment When you contact potential experts make sure to offer a brief time commitment of an hour or two working with staff. From this initial commitment many SMEs develop an interest in working with the school and will continue the partnership. 2) Meaningful Work It’s easy to fall into the lecture role when you’re an expert. Instead of scheduling a speaking engagement, gather a small group of educators to meet with a SME to evaluate teaching materials. Some workshop ideas might include: ● Shared analysis of a lesson plan or teaching unit ● Modeling field-based experiences to replicate in the classroom ● Developing real-world scenarios for learning activities [...]
Subject Matter Experts can be found in these 5 places.
Use these six ways to tell how you can trust a subject matter expert.
Subject Matter Expert Must Contribute these seven things to Course Design.