Find and emphasize a common goal between you and the SME. You will work together to meet this challenge or mission.
Suggestions and recommendations help the SME feel comfort in the fact that they have final approval of the product. You are not telling them what to do or judging their ideas as good or bad.
Be prepared to discuss current academic studies of how well-designed instruction can solve pedagogical challenges.
When making suggestions, be able to explain your rationale or strategy behind the selection of a technology.
Recognize the knowledge and experience of experts and their importance in the design and development process.
Share case studies of successful past projects (or cases from literature) to illustrate your ideas. Demonstrate to the SME how you idea could work.
Use a visible, agreed upon process for design and development. All team members know the process, timeline and deliverables and work together to meet milestones.
Explain what you do and how you do it to the SME. Demonstrating your expertise, knowledge, and skills can help to increase your perceived value.
Engage in scholarship through presentation and publication. Co-present or co-author with experts.
Remember that not everything needs to happen at once. Ideas can be prioritized and saved for future iterations. Products can be evaluated and revised.
Tell stories about why the subject matters is important to you.
Meet with your designer on a regular basis. Raise concerns if you feel you are not getting enough time with your designer.
Help the team learn more about your subject. Emphasize key points and common trouble spots for learners.
As your team to share design recommendations, learning strategies, and ideas for incorporating technologies or media.
Take advantage of the skills and knowledge of your diverse team by asking them for input and suggestions.
Talk over your objectives for the course as a whole as well as each sub-unit or module. What will students be able to know or do at the completion of the course?
Ask for opinions and ideas that specifically relate to your desired outcomes and objectives.
Share examples of successful courses and activities you have created. Discuss what you liked about them and how they might apply to the current project.
Ask how you can help move the project forward.
Recognize the expertise of the design team and the value they add in creating a powerful learning experience.
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