This is a concise (think "The Elements of Style") guide to working with content matter experts.
Type of Material:
Open (Access) Textbook
Curriculum developers/instructional designers will find this guide very helpful. It may be focused more to the beginning developer than a seasoned group. It could be useful in a teacher education curriculum course.
Works best with Chrome and Google Docs.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
• Teachers will be able to access a guide to working with subject matter experts
• Teachers will improve and learn effective strategies for partnering with subject matter experts in utilizing this e-book
• Teachers will enhance their knowledge of working and interacting with subject matter experts to enhance student learning
• Teachers will explore how to work with SMEs effectively to gain the information, involvement, and feedback needed to meet project timelines and create e-learning amongst students
Target Student Population:
Curriculum/instructional designers at any level. High school and college course teachers.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
No prerequisite knowledge required.
This guide presents a clear, concise approach to working with human resources that we refer to as Subject Matter Experts (SME's). It offers an approach for working effectively with SME's in development of curriculum. It has application to real life situations in the classroom and can be applied to a number of disciplines.
• Not supported by research
• Could include more bullets/short phrases to increate readability and conciseness of the document
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
• Has application to any subject
• Time efficient – a lot can be learned in a short amount of time – Short paragraphs that gradually build on working with SEMs
• E-Learning Course Development gives a good foundation of what an agreement looks like – clearly outlines by giving an example of what one would look like
• “How to Set Expectations for the Course” clearly explained
• Clearly stated seven objectives on the introduction page
• No prerequisite knowledge is needed for this website; however, it might be helpful to state that “no prior knowledge of Subject Matter Experts is needed before”
• A measurement of student learning outcomes could be included in the documents. How do users know when SLOs are met?
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The simplicity of the approach used in the guide make this an excellent resource. It is a straightforward approach to presenting information. Designers/developers in training can use this as they enter the field. The guide used a linear approach so that it is easy to navigate. The table of contents is designed as linked titles so that any section may be navigated to with just a click. Graphics are visually appealing.
• Page 7: Assumes the SME is a “she” – perhaps consider changing to gender neutral language
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