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What Is a Subject Matter Expert?

A subject matter expert (SME) is a person who has special skills or knowledge on a particular topic.

 

In the L&D space, an SME usually refers to an employee who possesses expertise that is crucial for the development of learning experiences from which other employees can benefit.

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How Collaboration Can Fuel Success in Corporate Training

Training content certainly doesn't create itself. And it's not created in a vacuum, either.

 

Collaboration is key. Whether it's seeking out internal subject matter experts (SMEs) to provide the expert knowledge on which courses are built, or garnering buy-in from far-flung department managers...

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eLearning Industry: How to Incentivize Subject Matter Experts

Few can take on more work: we're all at capacity nowadays.

 

So how can you get subject matter experts (SMEs) to help the learning organization? As they are not on your team, how can you get SMEs to take time out of their busy schedules to write content that forms courses which others in your...

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Great Learning Design Leads to Great Performance on the Job

Last week, I attended an intriguing conference at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania sponsored by the Instructional Technology department. Before the event, I surveyed the attendees to find out their most pressing problems in training. Vying for the top spot was that training does not result...

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The Role of the Subject Matter Expert in the Learning Design Process

When you need to include a subject matter expert to help you with your training course, you have raised the stakes for the project. Why? Because the inclusion of a SME means that your course is carrying precious cargo, which is often the highly valued or irreplaceable knowledge of a subject...

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5 Ways to Leverage Stakeholders in the Instructional Design Process

When it comes to stakeholders in the instructional design process, many learning professionals consider the needs of only two groups:  subject matter experts and themselves. There are many others involved in the learning project development process whose input is equally vital.

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