We have identified the training methods, time frames, reference documents and audiovisuals for each learning objective, to complete the lesson plan design phase.
The next step in working with SMEs is the actual creation of the training materials.
We walk through the lesson plan, discussing the training materials that need to be created. This includes interactive exercises as well as reference materials.
For each module, we identify:
- What information is necessary to create the relevant interactive exercises. For example, we discuss the key points that should be covered in questions for a questionnaire, or what the focus of a case study should be, etc.
- What reference materials are needed and whether they currently exist or will have to be
frequently work with subject matter experts to design participant-centered skill-building training programs. When we sit down together, we already know the general subject matter of the training. The SMEs bring their specific technical expertise. My job is to help them focus in on what the learners REALLY need to learn and then collaborate on a training format that will achieve that learning.
I accomplish this by asking the SMEs a series of questions:
Question #1: “Who is our target audience?”
Question #2: “In general terms, what do you want the participants to know or be able to do when they leave the training?”
Based on their response, we craft the first training goal: WHAT the participants will learn.
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