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Crystal Featured: Training Business Podcast


It’s officially Fall and while the days will start to get shorter, we know that many of you are working hard on your 2022 learning strategy. As you gear up for a new year with new learning, have you asked yourself if you are focused on designing content for learning rather than designing content for learners?Earlier in the Summer I was invited on The Training Business Podcast, where I shared how the Learning Cluster Design  model addresses the need to surround employees / learners with learning assets designed to close performance gaps. In the episode we discussed: What Learning Cluster Design is What [...]

Crystal Featured: Training Business Podcast2021-10-01T12:40:27-04:00

Andrew Tiffany: Modern Learning Leader of the Month


In August, we were thrilled to have Andrew Tiffany, Senior Academic Consultant at National Geographic Learning, join us for our monthly Modern Learning Dialogue to share how he uses the Learning Cluster Design model to create learner-driven experiences, even though he is not currently in a formal L&D role. Andrew spoke to our community about: How to implement learning clusters with low budget and capacity How to influence organizational leaders to try the LCD model How to transform vague HR competencies using the Change Action And even shared a real-life example of a learning cluster that he is currently implementing! Below [...]

Andrew Tiffany: Modern Learning Leader of the Month2021-09-27T09:06:36-04:00

A Sneak Peek Inside the LCD 2-Week Practicum


Before the summer began, we celebrated our April virtual practicum graduates. These L&D professionals from all over the world started the virtual practicum with just a single topic, and in just two short weeks, walked out of the workshop with a completed learning cluster to implement back on the job! As we gear up for our October practicum, we wanted to take you behind the scenes and give you a glimpse into what you can expect inside this immersive, practical-application experience: sample course outline Early Access Before we even begin the live sessions, all participants are given access to our learning [...]

A Sneak Peek Inside the LCD 2-Week Practicum2021-09-14T14:12:07-04:00

Special Report: ATD ICE 2021 Recap and Modern Learning Takeaways


Happy September! Lisa and I are back from the Association for Talent Development International Conference and Expo, and are excited to share a recap of what it looked like to take Learning Cluster Design on the road, and in-person again. We were excited to have been given the opportunity to present in several different capacities and modalities, from a pre-conference workshop, to a TedX like talk, to education sessions, to live coaching and demo session on the EXPO floor - some of which were broadcasted internationally for virtual conference attendees across the globe. Each session was unique, not only in terms [...]

Special Report: ATD ICE 2021 Recap and Modern Learning Takeaways2021-09-08T13:30:50-04:00

Sept 7th Monthly Dialogue Reminder: Jeff Lowndes, L&D Leader At Snapchat


At this week's dialogue, we will have Jeff Lowndes, Learning Leader at Snapchat, share his thoughts on learning in the flow of work, gaps in the industry, and the future of learning. We've got 78 folks already interested in attending and would love to have you join as well! This is a dialogue, not a presentation - it's a more intimate, engaging hour than you might expect! Each dialogue opens with networking, followed by a brief 15 min share from a speaker. The speaker will share their experience and perspectives on modern learning broadly or a particular aspect of the Learning Cluster Design model. [...]

Sept 7th Monthly Dialogue Reminder: Jeff Lowndes, L&D Leader At Snapchat2021-09-07T10:46:12-04:00

How Can We Use the LCD Model to Design Onboarding?


Lisa and I have made it to the ATD International Conference in Salt Lake City to kick off a weekend and week of learning! We are excited for our full day workshop tomorrow, education sessions and happy hour on Sunday, and book signings and demo session on Monday. Speaking of demos, we all want to see the LCD model in action. As we head into the tail end of the year (can you believe it?), many of us have either already onboarded a new group of employees or are ramping up for our organizational initiatives for 2022. With many organizations staying remote, or [...]

How Can We Use the LCD Model to Design Onboarding?2021-09-07T10:43:28-04:00

Why Is Designing for Modern Learners So Hard?


Designing for modern learners is not as straightforward as we would expect. Modern learners have broad expectations - they all want something different. Some want a class, some want something digital, and with their varied contexts, it can be challenging to design for the “modern learner.” So, how do we design with the modern learner in mind? In the video below, Learning Cluster Design model co-creator, Lisa M.D. Owens explains how to create learning experiences that meet the modern learner when, where and how they need and want to learn. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEYftUGLRyA Some key takeaways from Lisa include: Employees in the [...]

Why Is Designing for Modern Learners So Hard?2021-09-07T10:40:11-04:00

How to Design a Social Learning Community


In the book, Designing for Modern Learning, Lisa M.D Owens and I identify three “learning touchpoints” that outline key places, times, and ways that learning occurs. One of these touchpoints, Social Learning, looks beyond formal, planned approaches and provides learners with a level of interaction with other people. In most face-to-face learning experiences, whether we design for it or not, social learning happens inherently. Once the face-to-face experience ends, most learning professionals check off the proverbial “social learning” box, but modern learning doesn’t stop at the end of an event. In fact, social learning should be occurring before, during, and after a [...]

How to Design a Social Learning Community2021-09-07T10:36:11-04:00

August 5th Modern Learning Monthly Dialogue: Andrew Tiffany


This month we have resident of Taipei and Teacher Trainer for National Geographic Learning, Andrew Tiffany, share about the learning clusters he is creating and influencing. While he is a huge LCD model advocate, he is currently NOT in an official internal L&D role. He will walk through a recent project he did for his sales team, where they each built a "learning cluster" for their customer education plan. This is a great one to hear how LCD is making an impact anywhere learning is a part of the job and organization. These monthly dialogues are hosted by the LCD Group, [...]

August 5th Modern Learning Monthly Dialogue: Andrew Tiffany2021-08-04T21:49:28-04:00

ATD ICE Conference – Will You Be There?


We are so thrilled to have an in-person opportunity to connect and grow in modern learning together! Lisa and I are hosting multiple sessions and events at ATD's International Conference and Exposition in less than 5 weeks. Here's a few to-dos to make your ATD experience awesome and grow your modern learning community at the same time. 1 - Tell Us If You Will Be Joining Virtually or Live we want to know so we can make sure to connect during this hybrid event! Mark your calendar: We will be hosting a casual happy hour for alumni and champions, new and old, Sunday [...]

ATD ICE Conference – Will You Be There?2021-07-27T11:40:29-04:00