Getting content from SME's

Hi all,

Obviously everyone works in different ways but I wanted to know how you recieve your content from SME's. I've been asked to share a template for an SME to populate, something to look at an initial draft before storyboarding so it just sparked the thought how do others? I don't want to go in to full blown storyboarding at this stage but needs to have some structure. If you have any examples that would be great.


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Eric Rowland

Depending on my relationship with the SME, id say the more info/content the better. If it is an eLearning module, I use PPT, and the SME content dumps on each slide what they want/need to see. 

Or I have used a word document with a table, that breaks the slides down, and the SME can use that to organize their thoughts on each section. Like a more detailed flow chart... 

Allison LaMotte

Hi Narissa,

I think providing SMEs with a template is a great idea! I've done that in the past and it's been successful as long as the SMEs actually have the time to fill it out. For a lot of projects I worked on, however, that wasn't the case so they just sent over whatever existing content they had (Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, etc) and I would go through it and try to figure out what to include in the course based on the course objectives.

I don't have the template I used anymore unfortunately, so I can't share it with you. That being said, I'm not sure it would've been helpful because it was specific to the kind of course I was creating. 

I hope this was helpful! Looking forward to hearing what others have to say about this.