A guide to commissioning the right authors for your learning resources

  • Haremi team

As a trusted content creation partner for educational providers, we understand the importance of identifying the right authors to create authoritative, pedagogically rich learning materials. In today's educational environment, we believe it is crucial to deliver high quality, accessible learning content that engages students, fosters critical thinking, and empowers educators. Based on projects we’ve worked on, here are some ideas about how to identify and collaborate with expert authors, to create written content that inspires its audience.

1. Embrace subject matter experts

The foundation of any successful educational resource lies in the expertise of its authors. Our commissioning editors aim to identify authors who are not only passionate about their subject but also possess a deep understanding and extensive experience in the field. Look for writers who have a track record of success in teaching at the appropriate level and understand the context of your resources. Their insights will ensure that learning content is not only accurate but also resonates with students and educators alike. Don’t give up if you don’t find the right fit for your learning project straight away – at Haremi we’ve been able to find subject matter experts for every niche.

2. Prioritise pedagogy

Pedagogy is the art and science of teaching, and it is important to commission authors who are well-versed in effective instructional practices. An author who understands the pedagogical approaches relevant to your concept or product is essential. From the mastery model, to inquiry-based learning, it’s always important for your author to be able to translate complex concepts into easily digestible content, design engaging activities, and anticipate potential stumbling blocks for learners. This can enhance the learning experience, making it intuitive, interactive, and conducive to student success. You’ll also want to make sure your authors understand the different types of assessment and how to incorporate them effectively.

3. Verify author credentials

Before commissioning authors to write educational content, it is important to conduct a comprehensive review of their credentials. This step ensures that the selected authors possess the necessary qualifications and expertise to develop high quality materials that align with educational standards and requirements. This can include relevant teaching or research experience, technical or professional qualifications, or other published material. At Haremi, we also check they’ll have the right amount of availability alongside their other jobs and roles, to deliver according to the project timelines.

4. Assess technological proficiency

Technical proficiency is a key aspect of developing digital learning materials. Authors must be comfortable with technology and be able to leverage various digital tools to create interactive content. The ability to adapt to new platforms and emerging technologies is essential to keep educational resources up-to-date and relevant.

5. Collaborative approach

Effective educational content creation is a collaborative process. Look for authors who can work seamlessly with other subject experts, editorial teams, instructional designers, and project managers. The ability to communicate ideas, accept feedback, and incorporate revisions into the material is vital for producing comprehensive and well-rounded learning resources.

6. Diversity and inclusivity

When selecting authors, embrace diversity and inclusivity. Over 15 years of producing both print and digital learning content means Haremi has a detailed understanding of the needs of all types of teachers and learners. We seek out authors from various cultural, ethnic, and social backgrounds to ensure that learning resources are representative and relatable to a wide range of learners. Inclusive content offers a range of perspectives and provides a richer learning experience for all students.

7. Sample material

It can be helpful to request sample material or recent examples from potential authors, to evaluate their ability to write effective content. The sample work requested should align with the desired topic and learning objectives to accurately reflect the learning content to be commissioned. Analyse the sample material to understand the author's writing style and clarity of explanation, and their ability to present complex concepts in a student-friendly manner.

We’ve found that commissioning the right authors to write accessible, accurate learning resources is one of the most important steps towards delivering successful learning outcomes. By prioritising subject matter expertise, pedagogical skills, technical knowledge, and a collaborative approach, high quality content can be developed that engages learners and empowers educators.

Haremi offers a range of author recruitment, commissioning and management services for providers of education content. Contact us for more information.