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The Subject Matter Expert and the Instructional Designer – A Match Made for Learning

Jennifer Kerwin

If you’ve worked in your industry for a while and understand what it takes to excel at your job, chances are you’re a subject matter expert. But if you’re a subject matter expert – a ‘SME’ – why would you have to work with someone else to develop training? After all, a SME would appear to know the most about the content and target audience.

Instructional designers are learning experts. They focus on learners and determine how information can best be structured in light of learners’ existing skills, knowledge and learning preferences, as well as the organization’s infrastructure to support learning. Read More

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