The Subject Matter Expert involvement in a project will be variable based on the project schedule and required workload and the availability. The project is a collaborative effort that includes the design of learning content, assessments, and other additional learning resources. You must have a minimum of a Master’s Degree and three years of work experience in College Writing or Academic Writing field. A terminal degree and work experience in the subject or a related field is preferred. Higher education teaching experience, as well as previous experience in developing online courses for students, would be preferred.


  • Master’s Degree required, Ph.D. preferred
  • 3-5 years curriculum development experience required
  • 3-5 years higher education level teaching background preferred
  • Quality Matters training is preferred

The SME assignments are contract positions that are part-time, temporary or on an as-needed basis only. The SME is a remote project-based, 1099 contractor position.

Expectations from Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Expert Assignments: Online Course Development

  • Audit of existing course and assignments using provided rubric to evaluate material and to make sure new lectures properly scaffold material.
  • Content Creation:
  • Learn about:
  • Skills and process of “thinking on paper”
  • Constructing an argument or discussion that supports a clear thesis and present it effectively in a well-organized essay that observes the conventions of written English
  • Introducing to critical reading, critical thinking, research skills, and forms of documentation
  • Ensure the created content can be processed by Instructional designers into interactive lectures, simulations, online interactive labs, animated videos, quizzes, exams as well as course-wise and summative assessments
  • Content has to be original in presentation, however, open source content can be used as well, and not infringe on any copyright
  • Create rubrics for discussions, assignments, projects, research paper, and case studies
  • Reviews of existing content, storyboards prepared by the Instructional Designers
  • All material must conform to learning objectives and be mapped to them for final review of course materials.
  • Creation of assignments will also be required

Skills and Competencies

  • Subject Matter Experts are expected to be reliable and committed to the project from start to completion.
  • Ability to design and develop high-quality learning content, assessments, and modules based on specific project guidelines.
  • Available to meet weekly with our Curriculum and Instruction team during the design and development stages.
  • Ability to meet specific due dates and deadlines and communicate on a frequent (sometimes daily basis).
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to effectively and proactively communicate any challenges, issues, questions or risks of the project.
  • Ability to effectively utilize Google Suite, Slack, and other technologies, as determined.
  • Training will be imparted by us to explain the overall development workflow.

Job Type: Contract

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