Purnima Valiathan

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Subject Matter Experts (SME)

SME – the indispensable resource without which no organization can function. They are the process experts, the function experts and the domain experts. In short, the “go-to people” for defining new systems and processes, troubleshooting existing ones, and innovating new ones. What’s more, they are often asked to wear yet another hat – that of a trainer! In almost every organization, a variety of training projects require a SME to either design, or help to design training videos, manuals, courses, and assessments.

SMEs that double up as trainers are experts in their subject matter and most often intuitively design learning material. This section is specifically designed for the SMEs – it provides some ready-to-use templates for Instructor-led Training (ILT) and articles on Instructional Design, penned in simple language minus the jargon to help SMEs who are assigned training responsibilities by their organizations.


ID in a Nutshell 

Frustrated with Instructional Designers who speak a different language? Too busy performing domain-specific critical tasks to spend time on learning about training and instructional design? This short document using infographics is specifically designed to provide you with an overview to Instructional Design. Check it out – you will have a fair idea about Instructional Design in 10 minutes!


ILT Activity Process 

An instructor-led session is incomplete without independent and collaborative activities. And, every activity that is included in a classroom session should meet the learning goal that it sets out to achieve. In addition, it should be well-thought through from a logistics and execution perspective. Use this template to design your activities – it will ensure that you have thought through every aspect of the activity that you plan to administer.


ILT Activity: Ready Reckoner

Tired of implementing the same activities in every session, and too busy with your key responsibilities and tasks to sit and think about new and creative interactions in the classroom? Refer to this Ready-Reckoner, specially created for busy SMEs who are also required to design and deliver training.


ILT: Lab Exercises

Does your domain require your employees to work with complicated machines, gadgets and software? And, are you required to deliver, design, and provide inputs for, or review training material? Here is help for you. Refer to the Schwab/Herron model of lab exercises documented here to ensure that the lab activities in your training material are much more than mere cookbook activities.


SME – ID COllaboration FAQs 

Have you been assigned to review some training manual or E-Learning courses that a vendor is designing for your organization? Are you confused about your role, and the Instructional Designers’ role? Here is a list of some common doubts that SMEs may have about the development life cycle for both online and offline training material.


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We are a small team of passionate people with 30+ years of combined experience in instructional design, training, technology and media. Our mission is to enable every kind of knowledge giver in the society to discover the power of Instructional Design, so that they may serve content, just right.


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