Step 1: Show examples to SME for reference and options
Pictures say more than a thousand words, an old saying which is also applicable for online training. It is very hard to just “explain” options, it is far easier to show the possibilities. That’s why a project which is already rolled-out within the organization is the ideal starting point to explain what e-Learning is, what it can look like, how it works and what is expected of the SME.
Step 2: Explain what kind of time invest you are looking for
Clear planning of the e-learning project ensures that the SME and e-learning creator become good friends. By doing this, it’s clear from the start when the SME should reserve time in its’ agenda to review content or provide input. It is also helpful to provide an estimation of the time required for each of these tasks. When expectations are clear to all parties involved, the collaboration will be easier.
Step 3: Show the return on investment
Creating a learning program with clear explanations takes a lot of time. But above all, show how much time will be saved for the Subject Matter Expert. Because the knowledge is now centrally secured, more employees will be aware of the information. With e-Learning modules, the SME can save a lot of time when onboarding new employees or answering 1-on-1 questions and emails.
Step 4: Use a tool that allows the SME to develop e-Learning
Not all tools are suitable for an SME to get started with. For example, it can be complicated to create e-Learning in the right branding or to make it scalable to all devices. Also, not all Subject Matter Experts know how to transfer knowledge in an effective way. With the FLOWSPARKS authoring tool, all of the above is not a problem. With the templates, everything looks graphically perfect, no technical issues pop up and the didactics are woven into the Learning Formats. In this way, the SME can develop e-Learning independently.