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free subject matter expert handout

Recently, we explored how to manage the working relationship with subject matter experts. One of the key components is curating all of the existing resources. Here’s a free handout to help guide the conversation with subject matter experts and clients so that you get all of the resources you need to build the best courses possible.

What you need to curate is part of three core groups: existing training content, additional resources, and media assets.


Subject Matter Expert Checklist: Collect Existing Training Material

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Make sure to get all of the existing training material. You’ll also need to figure out what to keep and what to discard. At some point you want to archive older material so there’s no conflict later when you need to update the course content.

Subject Matter Expert Checklist: Identify Additional Resources

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There are all sorts of supporting resources such as product documentation, procedural manuals, and company policies. Not only do you want to identify what’s available, you want to make sure it’s up-to-date (get rid do old content), and find ways to integrate searching for and using the resources.

Subject Matter Expert Checklist: Pull Together All Media & Visual Assets

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The organization often has branding requirements that may include imagery, colors, and typography. You need those. You also need any images, videos, audio, and whatever other media exists to support the training. If none’s available, make a list of what you need.

Often you can find relevant assets in marketing collateral, web sites, or shareholder annual reports.

This checklist is a great way to collect what you need and also help steer some of the conversation you’ll have with your subject matter experts and content owners.


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3 responses to “Subject Matter Expert: Free Resource Checklist”

May 1st, 2019

I recommend two additions to the training content requested from SME’s: Participant Guide and Handouts. These are common fare for classroom training, and the content in these helps me to see how exercises were conducted in the classroom so that I can consider translating them into an interaction online.

May 1st, 2019

@Sandy: good tips

May 6th, 2019

Thank you for your great post! You provided a list of invaluable blogs. Keep on sharing.