Communicating with Subject Matter Experts

Many eLearning writers and developers struggle with communicating with experts to acquire the knowledge necessary to develop highly interactive online learning activities. Experts are busy, in demand, and rarely are compensated for their work and advice on your eLearning project. After researching several projects over the last year, I’ve assembled five main factors that eLearning managers can utilize to encourage more subject matter expert (SME) involvement. In the graphic below, you can see these five factors that I have added on top of Samuel Bacharach’s Momentum Model; I believe this adaptation presents a more cohesive understanding of the collaboration process with SME’s.

Aleckson's Five Factors of Micro-Collaboration

Five Factors to Enable SME Collaboration

I also spoke on the subject at a recent distant learning conference. The title of my session was, “Micro-collaboration: Team sharing to build highly interactive online activities.” You can view the video below.

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