Turning your SMEs into Savvy Content Developers

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Online Forums 2012 - July 27, 2012
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Edward Reilly

World Trade Training Manager
Mentor Graphics Corporation

The information our employees and customers require lies with our SMEs, who may have little to no content-creation or presentation skills, and who often lack the time, motivation, and confidence to share their knowledge. Learning professionals — with potentially dozens of topics, time constraints, and limited budgets — are hard pressed to gather this information from SMEs to develop effective content. Managing and updating content with the ever-increasing speed of product development also creates a challenge. By educating your SMEs, implementing easy-to-use tools, providing support, and explaining the benefits of participating in the learning-development process, learning professionals can focus on managing and promoting the training content.

Participants in this session will see eLearning and video examples. These real-world examples document the construction of a robust training offering of SME-generated content in a manner that is flexible, scalable, and cost-effective. You’ll learn how to select tools for turning your SMEs into content developers, including eLearning development, webinars, and digital-video capture with video-conferencing equipment (webcams, even smartphones).

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to motivate your SMEs by showing them “what's in it for them”
  • The importance of teaching SMEs the basics of instructional design
  • The range of tools for rapid content development and how to build a suite of appropriate tools


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