The Ins & Outs of Working with Volunteer SMEs


Working with volunteer subject matter experts (SMEs) isn’t always easy. At times, it can even be a negative experience. SMEs may feel that their time wasn't respected and that they were taken advantage of, while your team might feel that the SME wasn't particularly responsive.

The way you select, manage and motivate your SMEs can change all that.

Now, a new webinar shows you a practical model for keeping projects moving smoothly toward learning experiences that reward your learners with full value of your experts’ knowledge.

Register now for The Ins and Outs of Working with Volunteer SMEs.

A leading consultant on learning technologies and eLearning, Dr. Jon Aleckson created the MindMeld micro-collaboration model for helping associations and nonprofits derive maximum value from subject matter experts. In this 90-minute webinar, learn to turn this same model into a high-value experience for your team—and your SMEs.

Respect, empower and reward your SMEs.  You’ll explore how to use documented SME protocols and “shared language” to create project momentum. You’ll discover how to raise the learning value by tapping experts’ specific and tactical knowledge. Plus, you’ll have the chance to ask your own questions during the Q&A portion of the webinar.

Reserve your space now for expert guidance on collaborating with SMEs to create the best learning content, including how to:

  • Develop formal SME protocols that create project momentum and help ensure professional project management and results
  • Use today’s best practices for working with SMEs
  • Apply the MindMeld model to get more from SMEs—while respecting their time
  • Create guidelines for picking SMEs with the greatest value to your project

Bottom line: No more “herding cats.” Using the best practices and MindMeld model you’ll learn in this webinar you can create a more professional—and rewarding—experience for everyone. 

Register now for The Ins and Outs of Working with Volunteer SMEs.

Meet Your Webinar Leaders

Dr. Jon Aleckson is an educational leader and consultant in association learning technologies and eLearning.  He works with an extensive list of association clients on LMS implementation and development, platform alignment and integration, and online curriculum development, giving him a holistic view of business models, operational practices, and educational approaches in association eLearning.

As founder and CEO of Web Courseworks, Aleckson has helped to establish, maintain, and grow world class online learning programs for adult and K-16 learners. The Web Courseworks team designs and delivers extensive curricula to hundreds of thousands of learners for clients like the American Veterinary Medical Association, Credit Union National Association, America’s Health Insurance Plans, American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, the American College of Chest Physicians, and numerous other national associations.

Aleckson earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research concerns how to improve collaboration between project teams and subject matter experts to enhance online education and professional development programs. His dissertation was published as MindMeld: Micro-Collaboration Between eLearning Designers and Instructor Experts (Atwood, 2011, with co-author Penny Ralston Berg)

Who Should Attend

This webinar is of value to anyone who organizes content and works with subject matter experts, especially within associations and nonprofits. Attendees who will benefit most include:

  • CLOs
  • COOs
  • CMOs
  • Directors, Education
  • Directors, Meetings
  • Meeting Planners
  • Association Consultants
  • ELearning/Webinar Coordinators
  • Editorial Staff

Don't wait, register your entire team today!

CAE Credits: All live webinar attendees are eligible for 1.5 CAE credit hours. Association TRENDS is a CAE Approved Provider. Our programs meet the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. We will maintain records of your participation in accord with CAE policies. For more information about the CAE credential or Approved Provider program, please visit

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$215.00 The Ins & Outs of Working with Volunteer SMEs (OnDemand: Active for 12 months from 09.24.2019)