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Don’t Wait: Track Today and Break Through Your Demotivators

August 8th, 2022|Categories: LCD Actions|

Recently, I’ve been talking with people about their Learning & Development measurement strategy. Two things regularly come up that reduce the motivation to do measurement well: The reliance on a strong relationship with the C-Suite An environment with too many numbers. A Strong C-Suite Relationship The first demotivator starts with this belief:  “I don’t need to prove efficiency, effectiveness or outcomes, because I have a close relationship with the C-Suite [...]

Agile and the LCD Model

August 1st, 2022|Categories: LCD Actions|Tags: |

As we say often, the Learning Cluster Design model is “built on the shoulders of giants.” Our goal in creating the LCD model was not to replace existing L&D models and philosophies, but rather elevate them in a more modern context. Where learning practitioners were once beholden to one way of designing learning, the LCD model offers an integrative framework that capitalizes on the strengths of existing L&D models towards [...]

Dialogue Reminder: Aug with AICPA, a case study on External Learners, ESG, and LCD

July 28th, 2022|Categories: Dialogue|

How does LCD apply to external learners, ESG challenges, and more? Find out at our next Modern Learning Monthly Dialogue! Alert: New Registration Process! Do you have Zoom links from previous dialogues? Or have you registered for the August dialogue already via Zoom? Please re-register by accepting the LinkedIn Event Invite. You will then directly receive a calendar invite to your inbox with the Zoom details. For those of you [...]

Dialogue Replay: Lavinia Mehedintu and the Evolution of Curation

July 28th, 2022|Categories: Dialogue, Modern Learning Leaders|

At our July Modern Learning Monthly Dialogue, we had the pleasure of hosting Lavinia Mehedintu, founder of the L&D magazine Offbeat.Works, to engage us in a discussion on Curation. Curation is a topic that initially sounds simple - what came to mind for me are the frequent “listicles” we often see - but the more you dig into it, the more you find a complex topic for learning creators. Just like LCD's idea [...]

Owning your Modern Learning Career

July 11th, 2022|Categories: Dialogue, Modern Learning Leaders|

Inspiring. Encouraging. Insightful. These are just some of the words that come to mind as I reflect back on my conversation with Andy Storch from this year’s ATD International Conference & Exposition in Orlando. Author of the book Own Your Career, Own Your Life and Founder of the Talent Development Think Tank, Andy is on a mission to help others find happiness and fulfillment in their own careers, gleaning from [...]

Getting Buy-in to Chunk Mandatory Live Content

June 27th, 2022|Categories: Dialogue, LCD Actions|

Hi LCD Community - Have you been faced with wanting to chunk a mandatory live training, but received pushback from your organization due to a preexisting roadmap? This week, we’re answering that very question that came to us from a Senior Learning Advisor who joined a past Public Practicum. “I'm currently working on breaking down in smaller chunks some e-learning elements, but today some trainers in a train the trainer virtual class asked [...]

Activating 70+ Learning Clusters in <12 Months

June 20th, 2022|Categories: About the Model, LCD Examples|

Hi LCD Community - Have you ever conducted a L&D audit to narrow down the training priorities for the upcoming year, only to discover that there were are almost 80 training topics that need support? That is just what happened with Gorilla Glue Company®. But with the help of the Learning Cluster Design model and Lisa's coaching, the L&D team was able to look at the training topics both individually [...]

Moving L&D To Strategic Partner Status

June 16th, 2022|Categories: About the Model, Modern Learning Leaders|

Hi LCD Community - Are you stuck on a hamster wheel of L&D requests - running continuously without a moment to stop and work strategically? The answer is to tap into concepts and expertise that already exists within organizational development (OD), without abandoning your learning and development roots. Over the past few months, I have been collaborating on a framework with Jess Almlie to build a figurative bridge between the professions. 1 | The [...]

How to Market Your Modern Learning Initiatives

June 6th, 2022|Categories: Dialogue, LCD Examples|

It’s difficult to deliver a new learning product that no one expects. How do you manage the change of moving to modern learning? During ATD in May and throughout our Modern Learning Monthly Dialogues, we continue to hear the challenges you are facing in shifting your organization to modern learning. We didn't realize we were opening Pandora's Box. Throughout our many conversations, there have been a number of themes that [...]

LCD at ATD22 – Driving Change and Modernizing the Experience

May 25th, 2022|Categories: Dialogue, LCD Examples, Modern Learning Leaders, Uncategorized|

Hi, LCD Community - Wow, what an amazing week at #atd22! I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet with so many of you in person. For those of you who were unable to attend live, I missed you but hope to catch up with you live soon. Being immersed in the conference gave me a snapshot of how much evolution leaders are driving more broadly. The [...]

Converting to Modern Learning? It’s More than E-Learning.

May 7th, 2022|Categories: LCD Actions|

When you think of “converting to modern learning,” what comes to mind for you? Is it abandoning one-and-done training events for a strictly online/eLearning experience? If that was your thought, you’re not alone. Most L&D organizations, as they started facing the pandemic in 2020, scrambled to turn every face to face training program into an e-learning. But that isn’t modern. Nor is it sufficient to make a business-impacting difference in talent’s [...]

Six Big Trends in Talent Development & How LCD Can Support You

May 2nd, 2022|Categories: Dialogue, Modern Learning Leaders|

Recently, we partnered with Learn In and HCI to talk about the 6 Big Trends in Talent Development. During the session, Jen Collins, Learning Consultant and Brand Director for LCD Group chatted with Michelle Vock Laboy, VP of Customer Success at Learn In to discuss what’s needed for employees to help them thrive and be excited to learn while ensuring that the learning is beneficial for the business. If you'd [...]

New Learning Assets to Support You!

April 14th, 2022|Categories: Dialogue|Tags: |

Learning Assets for  Your Modern Learning Journey Thank you for being a part of the conversation around what the modern learner needs and how learning design professionals can best support learners. No longer is the day of one-and-done or one-size-fits all going to be effective in any learning environment. Learning creation needs to be different, tailored to the learners. This difference in approach also means incorporating a variety of means [...]

The Power of the Strategic Performance Objective

April 14th, 2022|Categories: About the Model, Dialogue, Modern Learning Leaders|

Ask an LCD Consultant The Power of the Strategic Performance Objective In one of our past LCD Practicums, we had a great dialogue around the elements of the Strategic Performance Objective (SPO), which is a key deliverable of the Change On-the-Job Behavior Action of the LCD model. The question emerged, "How do I make sure I'm making the most use of the SPO?" In traditional L&D, we have typically defined [...]

Are you surrounding your learners with learning assets yet?

April 14th, 2022|Categories: About the Model, Dialogue, Modern Learning Leaders|

As I look back on the last two years, I'm proud of all the work we've accomplished in spreading the LCD model. But I still see a lot of room to grow! So many of you want to learning to have lasting impact and appreciate the idea of surrounding learners with learning assets, in a time, place, and way that works for their needs. So many of you share our desire [...]

Event Reminder: Modern Learning Monthly Dialogue on 4/7!

April 14th, 2022|Categories: About the Model, Dialogue, Modern Learning Leaders|

Next Modern Learning Monthly Dialogue Challenges that Learning Creators Have in Applying the Model April 7th at Noon ED In our monthly dialogues, we’ve been hearing themes emerge of Learning Cluster Design application challenges you face – and the great ideas we all have for one another. During the 4/7 Monthly Modern Learning Dialogue, we will dive into two big challenges that learning creators have in applying the model within their [...]

Join Our Upcoming LCD Learning Events

April 14th, 2022|Categories: About the Model, Dialogue, Modern Learning Leaders|

  6 Big Trends in Accelerating Skilled Talent Are you interested in discussing some of the trends accelerating Talent Development and the Actions you can put in place today to support your modern workforce? On March 31st, Learning Cluster Design Consultant, Jen Collins, and Michelle Vock Laboy from Learn In, will be hosting a Human Capital Institute (HCI) webinar to answer just that. They will discuss: ☑️ 6 compelling trends in talent development ☑️ 5 [...]

Why Aren’t My Social Learning Channels Working?

April 14th, 2022|Categories: About the Model, Dialogue, Modern Learning Leaders|

Diagnosing Social Learning Engagement Issues Today’s question came from our January 2022 2-Week Learning Cluster Design Public Practicum, where Kristen, an Instructional Designer, asked the following question: “I can design social assets; however, what I'm seeing across projects and solutions is they aren't engaging in social channels. For example, we'll ask them to give a thumbs up if they found a podcast beneficial or we'll ask a specific question and [...]

A Review of the Top Learning Dialogues from 2021

March 14th, 2022|Categories: About the Model, Dialogue, Modern Learning Leaders|

A Review of the Top Learning Dialogues from 2021 One of the Learning Cluster Design Model’s best features is how applicable it is to different industries and learning challenges. Throughout 2021 we continued hosted our monthly Modern Learning Dialogue events where L&D leaders shared how they were applying the model and utilizing learning clusters in their line of work. These dialogues offer L&D professionals the opportunity to grow and learn [...]

Create a Flow-of-Work Coaching Experience

March 9th, 2022|Categories: About the Model, Dialogue, Modern Learning Leaders|

Create a Flow-of-Work Coaching Experience Jennifer Zach is an executive coach, thought leader and firm believer in human potential. As someone who combines coaching with modern learning, she has noticed how much the learning landscape has changed over the last few years. She agrees that the one-and done, one-size-fits-all approach to learning doesn’t grasp the needs of individual learners or create meaningful behavioral changes that positively affect business outcomes. She [...]

Recap: Measuring Learning Impact with Jack Phillips from the ROI Institute

March 1st, 2022|Categories: About the Model, Dialogue, Modern Learning Leaders|

Recap: Measuring Learning Impact with Jack Phillips from the ROI Institute Earlier this month we had a special opportunity to hear from Jack Phillips, L&D measurement luminary from the ROI Institute, on how the LCD Model and modern measurement go hand in hand and how to get started on measuring ROI of your learning efforts. As we know from the Track Action of the LCD Model, measuring the impact of [...]

Measurement Is Complicated, but not Complex

February 21st, 2022|Categories: LCD Actions, LCD Examples|

Measurement Is Complicated, but not Complex Motivation and insight for L&D on Tracking Success By Lisa M.D. Owens    January 2022 This is the second of several blogs on Tracking Success for L&D. Crystal Kadakia and Lisa MD Owens are the co-creators of the Learning Cluster Design (LCD) model. This model is made up of five Actions that L&D takes to create learning clusters to meet the needs of modern learners [...]

Special Event: Measuring Learning Impact with Lisa MD Owens & Jack Phillips

February 10th, 2022|Categories: Dialogue, Modern Learning Leaders|

  We are ecstatic to announce a special event hosted by Learning Cluster Design Model co-creator, Lisa MD Owens with Jack Phillips from the ROI Institute on February 10th. During our event Jack will provide insights for our LCD community, based on his decades of experience with measurement, evaluation, accountability and ROI. The ROI Methodology® is a revolutionary process that provided bottom-line figures for all types of programs on learning, performance improvement, human resources, [...]

Learning is Changing: Edoardo Gironi Dialogue Recap

January 31st, 2022|Categories: Dialogue, Modern Learning Leaders|

Hello Learning Cluster Design Community! One of the best ways to understand the LCD Model is to see it in action! At the beginning of the month we were joined by Edoardo Gironi, Founder & CEO of Apprendere, for our Monthly Modern Learning Dialogue. Edoardo shared how the Learning Cluster Design Model fits perfectly with digital learning in organizations and gave real-life examples of how he is currently applying the [...]

Are you Serious? Or Just Hopeful?

January 24th, 2022|Categories: Dialogue, LCD Actions, Modern Learning Leaders|

Are you Serious? Or Just Hopeful? Motivation and insight for L&D on Tracking Success By Lisa M.D. Owens,  January 202 This is the first of several blogs on Tracking Success for L&D. Crystal Kadakia and Lisa MD Owens are the co-creators of the Learning Cluster Design (LCD) model. This model is made up of five Actions that L&D takes to create learning clusters to meet the needs of modern learners [...]

Dialogue Recap: Enid Crystal Modern Learning Leader

January 23rd, 2022|Categories: Dialogue, Modern Learning Leaders|

Hi Learning Cluster Design Community! One of the biggest questions we get for the Learning Cluster Design (LCD) model is where and how can we provide access to learning clusters we create. Recall, learning clusters is the new L&D deliverable we call for in the model - it's a set of learning assets that surrounds learners, when, where, and how they most want and need them for a particular learning [...]

Inside The 2-Week Practicum

January 16th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Hi ​​Learning Cluster Design Community, Happy New Year! There's nothing like starting the new year with new inspiration as you get back into things. This January and February, we have several opportunities for you to learn about modern learning and Learning Cluster Design. Take a look below and feel free to reach out if you have any questions! Monthly Dialogues We kicked off our new year with our first monthly [...]

Wisetail’s President, Ali Knapp and LCD CEO, Crystal Kadakia Answers the Top Modern Learning Questions

January 1st, 2022|Categories: LCD & Technology|

How to Solve L&D Problems for the Modern Learner Wisetail’s President, Ali Knapp and Learning Cluster Design’s CEO, Crystal Kadakia Answers the Top Training Questions    Wisetail sat down with our fearless leader, Ali Knapp and Crystal Kadakia, founder of Learning Cluster Design to discuss trends we are seeing in the learning and development industry as learners evolve. What are the 2-3 fundamental issues you notice with traditional LMS and [...]

Celebrating What’s in Store for 2022!

December 29th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Hi Learning Cluster Design Community, It seems like just yesterday we were recapping what was an unprecedented year in 2020, and looking towards 2021. While this year also presented it’s challenges, our Learning Cluster Design community remained committed to pushing the boundaries of traditional L&D to create better, more efficient, people-focused learning experiences. This year, we celebrated one full year of delivering the Learning Cluster Design Two Week Practicum in a [...]

Learning in the Flow of Work: Insights from Monthly Dialogues

December 27th, 2021|Categories: About the Model, Dialogue, LCD Examples, Modern Learning Leaders|

At October’s monthly Modern Learning dialogue, based on popular vote via a LinkedIn poll, we dove deep into the topic of learning in the flow of work. In practice, as we start to implement any new concept, we often find ourselves asking, “How will this change be  possible in my organization?” In order to answer this question, it’s best to break it down into several more specific and digestible questions. [...]

How Learning is Evolving featuring Squigl

December 27th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

I recently explored the topic of modern learning with one of our fellow modern learning partners, leader at Squigl/Truscribe, Derrell Connon. We had a great conversation that revolved around how learning is evolving. Derrell and I explored the idea that adopting an agile mindset has become very popular as of late, but in reality, this has been around for the last 20-25 years. As modern learning designers, we often question [...]

Monthly Dialogue Recap: Jen Zach

December 27th, 2021|Categories: Dialogue|

At this November's modern learning monthly dialogue, we were joined by  Executive Coach Jen Zach where she shared how she is applying learning clusters to the coaching space. Because coaching is often considered a one-and-done area, Jen walked our community through the process of how  learning clusters can be applied and how they benefit the coachee. Jen explained that she had an aha moment about learning clusters when she was [...]

Dec 2nd Monthly Dialogue Reminder: Enid Crystal, Consultant

December 2nd, 2021|Categories: Dialogue|

In December, we are excited to have Enid Crystal, Consultant and ex VP at Black Rock, share a real-life example of how she is working with a client to provide learning resource libraries using Microsoft Teams. Enid has expertise in designing learning experiences that meet the needs of today’s modern learners. She is proficient in designing and developing digital and hybrid solutions that include e-learning, mobile delivery, virtual classroom, micro-learning, and [...]

Getting Stakeholders to Prioritize in Learning Design

November 23rd, 2021|Categories: About the Model, LCD Actions|

In our most recent Learning Cluster Design 2-Week Practicum, one of the participants brought up a challenge around getting stakeholders to prioritize and get clearer on the learning need. When approached by a senior manager to develop management training, this L&D professional asked what specific classes or topics the senior manager was looking to target in this training. Their response? All of them. Sound familiar? What is even more relatable [...]

How Learner Curiosity Plays a Role in Learner Personas

November 8th, 2021|Categories: About the Model|

Many modern learning professionals use the concept of learner personas when designing learning programs for modern learners. They often categorize their audience by identifying what different learners need to know, and when, where and how they want to learn it. But in taking it a step further, have you ever considered the role learner curiosity plays in developing learner personas? In the video below, Learning Cluster Design co-creator, Lisa MD [...]

Partnering with the IRC on an Employment Transition Learning Cluster

November 4th, 2021|Categories: LCD & DEI Efforts, LCD Actions, LCD Examples|

I’m sure many of you are aware of the situation evolving over the past month regarding the evacuation and resettlement of Afghan people. Personally, it has been uplifting and relieving to see Americans express a relative unity of understanding, empathy, and support for these individuals, who have experienced so much. I’m sure many of you, like myself, have been wondering what you can do to help. I'm excited to share [...]

Nov 4th Monthly Dialogue Reminder: Jen Zach, Executive Coach

November 1st, 2021|Categories: Dialogue|

It is already November and we are excited to keep exploring topics that are most important to all of you. At this week's dialogue, we will have Jennifer Zach, executive coach, share her experience using the Learning Cluster Design Model and how it has benefited her business. We've got lots of folks already interested in attending and would love to have you join as well! Come with your stories applying LCD, questions, and [...]

Measuring DEI Initiatives

October 25th, 2021|Categories: LCD & DEI Efforts, LCD Actions, LCD Examples|

In the wake of the race-related global events in 2020, we saw, and continue to see, a rise in DEI roles within organizations. In fact, at the time of writing this, LinkedIn jobs has over 14,000 DEI and DEI-related roles advertised across the United States, and almost 90,000 globally. With the increased interest in and importance of this meaningful work, many L&D professionals have found themselves heavily involved in the [...]

Jeff Lowndes: Modern Learning Leader of the Month

October 17th, 2021|Categories: Modern Learning Leaders|

At September’s modern learning monthly dialogue, we had the wonderful opportunity to hear from Jeff Lowndes, L&D Leader at Snap, Inc. In our conversation Jeff shared about relational scaffolding, a system that focuses on connectedness over content in the onboarding process. While content surely has its place, he posed the question, "Can we intentionally architect how new hires build relational scaffolding in the business?" After gaining feedback from new hires [...]

Using The LCD Model to Gain Time Back

October 11th, 2021|Categories: LCD & Technology, LCD Actions|

One of the most common challenges organizations face around traditional learning and development is that is feels like there simply isn't enough time in the day for our learners to consume all the information they need in order to change their performance. Between learning policies and procedures, communication skills, leadership, and a plethora of compliance trainings, our learners can easily become overwhelmed by the sheer number of topics they need [...]

Oct 7th Monthly Dialogue Reminder: Free Flowing Dialogue

October 4th, 2021|Categories: Dialogue|

In October, we are going to have our quarterly free-flowing dialogue, so we can explore topics that are most important to all of you. Facilitated by co-creator of the Learning Cluster Design model, Crystal Kadakia, we will explore one or more of the most commonly asked about topics: Learner Personas Social Learning <--- But I also want to touch on this one 🙂 Remote Learning Tech Designing in the Flow [...]

Crystal Featured: Training Business Podcast

October 1st, 2021|Categories: About the Model|

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 [...]

Andrew Tiffany: Modern Learning Leader of the Month

September 21st, 2021|Categories: Modern Learning Leaders|

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 [...]

A Sneak Peek Inside the LCD 2-Week Practicum

September 14th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Special Report: ATD ICE 2021 Recap and Modern Learning Takeaways

September 8th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

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

September 7th, 2021|Categories: Dialogue|

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 [...]

How Can We Use the LCD Model to Design Onboarding?

August 27th, 2021|Categories: LCD Examples|

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 [...]

Why Is Designing for Modern Learners So Hard?

August 16th, 2021|Categories: About the Model|

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 Design a Social Learning Community

August 9th, 2021|Categories: About the Model|

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 [...]

August 5th Modern Learning Monthly Dialogue: Andrew Tiffany

August 4th, 2021|Categories: Dialogue|

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 [...]

ATD ICE Conference – Will You Be There?

July 27th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

How to Track Non-Formal Learning

July 26th, 2021|Categories: LCD Actions, Uncategorized|

As our workforce has changed over the last decade (and especially in the last year), modern L&D professionals have begun abandoning the one-and-done training model and have instead moved on to blended learning, learning journeys, and what we call, learning clusters. Even with these new, modern approaches to learning, many L&D professionals hold on tightly to creating and developing learning assets they deem most trackable, typically formal, and shy away [...]

Modern L&D Spotlight on Karen Bryan-Chambers, Senior Director, New Leaders

July 19th, 2021|Categories: Modern Learning Leaders, Uncategorized|

This month, we are excited to showcase Karen Bryan-Chambers as our Modern Learner Spotlight! Karen is the senior director of the nonprofit Leadership Academy at New Leaders. She has more than 26 years of professional experience, including 16 years as a teacher, five years as a principal, and five years in leadership development. Karen started off her modern learning journey by reading Designing for Modern Learning, and quickly enrolled in one [...]

LCD and the Neuroscience of Learning (AGES)

July 12th, 2021|Categories: About the Model, Uncategorized|

The future of L&D in a digital age is about unleashing human potential rather than reinforcing quality, routine work. Rather than focusing on telling L&D “what” to create for a digital age, the philosophy behind the Learning Cluster Design model focuses on building capability around the thought process - the “how” and “why” - moving L&D beyond its traditional limitations and into a position to allow modern learners to choose [...]

How Technology Helps Modern Training Professionals Deliver More Faster

July 7th, 2021|Categories: LCD & Technology, Uncategorized|

Just as we were faced with a digital learning pivot in March of 2020, modern L&D professionals are starting to look at how the learning programs we created over the last 16+ months will fare as we navigate the “new normal'' of training and developing a hybrid workforce.  While this looks different for each organization, and there certainly isn’t a “one size fits all” approach, through our research we have [...]

1-Year Anniversary of Designing for Modern Learning and Summer Reading List

June 28th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

It’s officially summer! And even though school is out, learning is always in. If you haven’t picked up a copy already, our book, Designing for Modern Learning: Beyond ADDIE and SAM is about to celebrate it’s one year publishing anniversary! A big thank you to all of our readers, we've reached thousands around the globe! We are also on our journey to 100 reviews on Amazon. If you've read the book and haven't [...]

Modern Learner Spotlight: Jess Almlie, VP of Learning Experiences, WEX Health

June 22nd, 2021|Categories: Modern Learning Leaders, Uncategorized|

This month, our friends over at 360Learning interviewed this month’s Modern Learner Spotlight: Jess Almlie! Jess is a strategic L&D leader, and currently the VP of Learning Experience at WEX Health. Not only has Jess immersed herself in the LCD model by reading Designing for Modern Learning, she has been a guest speaker at our Monthly Modern Dialogue and has had her team attend our two-week public workshop. In her interview with Jonah Goldstein from 360Learning, Jess [...]

What to do with too many personas? [Learn Action Deep Dive]

June 8th, 2021|Categories: LCD Actions, Uncategorized|

One of the core principles of the OK-LCD model is to focus on learner needs. Our context as training designers and deliverers is no longer as important as the context of the learner, especially in a digital age where we have the ability to deliver learning when, where, and how the learner needs it. But how do we know what our learner needs? That is where the Learn Action of the [...]

Creating a Learning Cluster for Onboarding

May 25th, 2021|Categories: LCD Examples, Uncategorized|

With the pivot to virtual learning in 2020, and continuing with that trend in 2021, many learning professionals were faced with the challenge of converting in-person, live orientation and onboarding with a better, more modern solution. For this particular case study, an L&D leader was tasked with developing a new onboarding program. Traditionally within this organization, onboarding consisted of a week-long live class or blended learning to orient to the [...]

Beyond the First Moment of Learning Need

May 17th, 2021|Categories: About the Model, Uncategorized|

In traditional L&D, it’s common to see the majority of our efforts spent on times when our learners need to learn something for the first time. It could be a new technology rollout, a new process employees have to learn, or a new product line the company will be selling. We spend weeks, if not months, developing training around these changes, roll out said learning initiative and then boom, on [...]

Modern Learner Spotlight: Head of L&D at Bluescape

May 10th, 2021|Categories: Modern Learning Leaders, Uncategorized|

Welcome to a new monthly series “Modern Learner Spotlight” where we highlight a member of the learning community who has experienced success using the Learning Cluster Design model. We couldn’t think of a better person to kick this series off with than with Loc Nguyen, Director of Customer Education for Bluescape Software. Loc and his team began their LCD journey with joining the public workshop and subsequently, the applied success of their learnings was [...]

How to Develop Learning for 78 Topics in 12 Months

April 27th, 2021|Categories: LCD Examples, Uncategorized|

Because the Gorilla Glue Company was expanding rapidly, more people needed onboarding, upskilling, and leadership skills. When the Learning and Development department surveyed the leadership on what they needed, the response was typical - management, after narrowing, decided on 78 training topics and they wanted them delivered within 12 months. Traditionally, when given a laundry list of topics, L&D goes straight to their go-tos - one-and-done live training events, an eLearning [...]

Modern Take on Performance Support: It’s Just as Important!

April 13th, 2021|Categories: About the Model, Uncategorized|

The Learning Cluster Design model calls for a new way of thinking about L&D’s goal and role within organizations. Our third principle “Focus on Learner Needs” states that our context as training designers and deliverers is no longer as important as the context of the learner. Whereas in the past L&D had limited tools to deliver learning, today we can deliver learning when, where, and how the learner needs it. [...]

How LCD Model Helps Make Smart Use of Artificial Intelligence

April 7th, 2021|Categories: LCD & Technology, Uncategorized|

Learning and development technology is moving at a rapid pace, especially with the pivot to virtual-based learning in 2020. Now, in 2021, for most organizations artificial intelligence accelerated from a distant dream to a more current, and needed, reality.  Driven by the data source it has been programmed to store, AI gives machines the ability to recognize, respond to, and learn from inputs.  Here’s why AI is important for learning:  [...]

Co-Facilitation: A Modern Learning Strategy for Remote Training

March 23rd, 2021|Categories: LCD & Technology, Uncategorized|

Modern learning, as we share in the principles of the Learning Cluster Design model, centers on creating meaningful learning assets that surround a learner in their moment of learning need. While the model looks at what can be done to meet learners beyond one-and-done training events, live face-to-face (whether in-person or virtual), can prove to be a valuable and important asset for many people (including L&D professionals) along their learning [...]

The Intersection Between L&D & Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Efforts

March 16th, 2021|Categories: LCD & DEI Efforts, Uncategorized|

Last month we introduced the intersectionality of DEI and L&D through the lens of the Learning Cluster Design model by looking at the Change Action, where we see an opportunity to create deeper, more anchoring notions when it comes to operationalizing DEI in the workplace. Moving beyond the Change Action, one of the most critical barriers to creating real change is that most efforts develop and often mandate participation in a one-size-fits-all effort when [...]

5 Reasons to Join The Learning Cluster Design Workshop

March 8th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Imagine if the next time you get a training request or see a capability gap, you could surround learners with meaningful learning assets whenever, wherever they learn? What if you could do it in less time, and actually see measurable results? Learners today need to learn both in and out of the flow of work. Most organizations leave it up to the learners to navigate resources in the flow of [...]

Learning Design in COVID Times: How It’s More Than E-Learning

February 22nd, 2021|Categories: About the Model, LCD & Technology, Uncategorized|

When you think of “converting to modern learning,” what comes to mind for you? Is it abandoning one-and-done training events for a strictly online/eLearning experience? If that was your thought, you’re not alone. Most L&D organizations, as they started facing the pandemic last year, scrambled to turn every face to face training program into an e-learning. But that isn't modern. Nor is it sufficient to make a business-impacting difference in [...]

L&D & Diversity & Inclusion Learning Efforts [Black History Month Special]

February 15th, 2021|Categories: LCD & DEI Efforts, Uncategorized|

It's Black History month and we are all about intentionally educating ourselves during this time... and ongoing. Let's be real. Out of all the modern learning work we could do as L&D professionals, DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) is not a one-and-done event. While Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs have been a part of many organizations for years, in the last 12 months we have seen a big shift in [...]

Building Learning Capability ft. Pat McLagan

February 10th, 2021|Categories: Modern Learning Leaders, Uncategorized|

Imagine if you could double or even triple the effectiveness of your learning programs. How could you do that? By understanding that your learners have agency and working with that agency to help grow "super learners". What if your learners proactively grew their own capability to engage with your L&D products? Pat McLagan, author of Unstoppable You: Adopt the New Learning 4.0 Mindset and Change Your Life shared her work with the [...]

Who is a Modern Learner?

January 26th, 2021|Categories: About the Model, LCD Actions, Uncategorized|

When you imagine a “Modern Learner,” what comes to mind? Many people we’ve asked that question automatically imagine a millennial, or someone who is really into technology. As we move from an industrial age to a digital one, when it comes to modern learning it’s not so much about technology, rather, it’s about choices surrounding learning. At February's dialogue, we will be exploring Learn-Ability and diving into learning mindsets with [...]

New Goals for a New Year of High-Impact L&D Initiatives

January 19th, 2021|Categories: About the Model, Uncategorized|

It’s three weeks into the new year and I’m sure you’re already thinking ahead to the success you want in 2021. Our goals shape our solutions and results. When transitioning from creating “peanut butter,” one-size-fits all training to designing strategic learning clusters to meet learners in their moment of learning need, L&D professionals need to set new goals. So, what does this new goal look like? The new goal is [...]

2021 Goals: Moving from 70:20:10 to Learning Touchpoints

January 11th, 2021|Categories: About the Model, LCD Actions, Uncategorized|

You might be familiar with the popular 70-20-10 model, which formulates that learners obtain 70 percent of their knowledge from job-related experiences, 20 percent from interactions with others, and 10 percent from formal educational events. This model has been around since the early 1980s, and is widely used amongst L&D professionals globally. The 70-20-10 model seeks to encourage L&D to consider their role outside of formal learning. However, in practice, organizations inadvertently make the following [...]

January’s Modern Learning Community Speaker: Loc Nguyen

January 6th, 2021|Categories: Dialogue|

In the video below, Loc Nguyen, Director of Customer Education at Bluescape shares the following takeaways from the Learning Cluster Design workshop: How he moved from the mindset of  “just building a course” to giving his learners the freedom to learn when, where and how they want to learn The wins he and his team have experienced after attending the workshop and implementing the LCD model His advice to L&D [...]

How Uncovering Learner Personas Actually Reduce Design Time

December 7th, 2020|Categories: LCD Actions, Uncategorized|

Wouldn’t you love to learn more about your learners and make an even bigger impact with your learning initiatives? In an ever-changing, fast-paced world, L&D professionals are often asked to do a lot, with very little time. For many learning and development models to actually transform on-the-job behavior, they require deep analysis, expert-level design and thoroughly planned implementation. While most L&D professionals would love to run through all of these [...]

Assessing This Year’s Remote Learning Strategy

November 23rd, 2020|Categories: About the Model, Uncategorized|

As we approach Thanksgiving here in the US and the end of the year in general, I find myself reflecting on the year. This year brought along with it many workplace shifts and challenges. For L&D, the biggest shift we faced was reimagining workplace learning without live, in person training classes. Many L&D professionals were quick to convert all of their instructor-led live training into eLearning courses and curriculums, spending [...]

L&D Shifting Responsibility for the Workplace, Not Just the Classroom

November 17th, 2020|Categories: LCD Actions, Uncategorized|

For as long as organizational learning has been around, so has the concept of our role being the owners and deliverers of content. Our sole purpose has been to “create training,” and with that came the need to exist as subject matter experts in the content being delivered. Rather than being strategic learning partners, the L&D field fell into a pattern of order taking, and with information changing as rapidly [...]

How to Use, Not Lose, Your L&D Expertise When Modernizing

November 9th, 2020|Categories: LCD Actions, Uncategorized|

One of the biggest barriers to change and transformation when it comes to designing modern learning is the idea of having to “unlearn” all of the tools and models that got us where we are today. Many L&D professionals are either hesitant to apply a new model for fear of having to start from scratch, while others are over-eager to “throw the baby out with the bathwater” and recreate every [...]

Move Beyond Measuring Training Participation

November 2nd, 2020|Categories: LCD Actions, Uncategorized|

When we look at how L&D professionals report learning “success,” it’s typically defined by learner usage and participation. But is there a direct connection between participation in a learning asset and learning success? Can we assume that by showing up, learning has happened and will be applied in the moments where it counts? We often judge success as having high completion rates, increased attendance and a substantial number of classroom [...]

Making Strategic Choices When Designing Learning

October 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

When implementing any model, old or new, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the idea of having to follow every step in the process to a T. The best models work with your ability to navigate your situation, needs, and context. We are often asked if each action of the OK-LCD model needs adoption in order to create a modern learning experience. Watch below as co-creator of the LCD Model, Lisa M.D. Owens [...]

How can we NOT start from scratch and modernize training we already have?

October 19th, 2020|Categories: LCD Actions, Uncategorized|

Would you agree that the most common approach to modernizing L&D is to throw out what you have and start from scratch? This is one of the most common problems we share in our book. Each time a new model, theory or approach comes out, we in L&D often immediately write off our old programs as outdated and send them packing to the vault. Even worse, many of those old programs are kept [...]

Are You Surrounding Learners with Meaningful Assets?

October 5th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

For decades, the L&D industry has operated under the same guiding principle – when you have the learner’s attention, give them all the training content you can because you never know when you’ll see them next. It could be one, two, three months or even a year until we get 8 hours of their “undivided” attention again, so we lay all of our content cards on the table, yet feel [...]

Action of the Week: Change On-the-Job Behavior

September 28th, 2020|Categories: LCD Actions, Uncategorized|

In an ever-changing world that gives us information at our fingertips and with anything more than a two-day delivery window seeming like a lifetime, the “need it yesterday” mentality is not slowing down. As L&D professionals, we face this every day from stakeholders and senior leaders who, rather than seeking out their internal training departments with a problem, come to the table with their own idea of a training strategy [...]

Compliance LCD Case Study

September 28th, 2020|Categories: LCD Examples, Uncategorized|

Here’s a REAL EXAMPLE of a Learning Cluster and L&D professional developed in our workshop. ASK: The business asked the LCD workshop participant to develop and update their annual harassment training to remain compliant with standard HR & Legal Policies. TRADITIONAL SOLUTIONS: e-Learning module, videos with knowledge check, or live-class. LCD APPROACH: The workshop participant had a huge aha moment by refocusing the Goal on Performance and Strategic Impact - It’s not [...]

Onboarding LCD Case Study

September 28th, 2020|Categories: LCD Examples, Uncategorized|

Here's a REAL EXAMPLE of a Learning Cluster and L&D professional developed in our workshop. ASK: We need new hire onboarding. TRADITIONAL APPROACH: 1 week long live class or blended learning to orient to company, orient to people, orient to technical skills, etc. LCD APPROACH: First, we get clear on the most critical differences we want to see on the job from the employee, with clear ROI for the business. The [...]

ATD Article: Still Just Designing Training? Start Designing Learning Clusters

September 28th, 2020|Categories: About the Model, Uncategorized|

We all do it. We cram as much content into a training course as we can. Why? Because once we get an employee’s attention, we have to take advantage of that time; otherwise, we may not see these learners again for some time to come. But what if we could do it differently? What if, instead of providing learning assets that employees use only once every few months (see How the [...]

Author Q&A: Designing for Modern Learning

August 17th, 2020|Categories: About the Model, Uncategorized|

The following is a Q&A with Crystal Kadakia and Lisa M.D. Owens, the authors of Designing for Modern Learning: Beyond ADDIE and SAM, the latest book from ATD Press about how L&D professionals can better design for the modern learner. 1. What does “Designing for Modern Learning” mean? Is there a definition for modern learning or for the modern learner? Crystal:When people hear the term modern learner, almost everyone thinks or describes [...]

New Model Helps L&D Professionals Meet the Needs of Modern Learners

August 17th, 2020|Categories: About the Model, Uncategorized|

In Designing for Modern Learning: Beyond ADDIE and SAM (ATD Press, June 2020), L&D experts Crystal Kadakia and Lisa M.D. Owens introduce the Owens-Kadakia Learning Cluster Design (OK-LCD) model to address the question of how L&D professionals can better design for modern learning. In a world where learning is needed every day, the role of L&D is more important than ever, but the toolkit used by L&D professionals is outdated [...]

Why Learning is So Important to Gen Z

December 31st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

What do you do when you’re faced with the unknown? The unknown used to be combatted by asking the experts with years of experience, passing on stories, and, frankly, sheer faith. You learned to transform the unknown into the known by doing — and doing took time. In that time, nothing much changed about what you were learning. It certainly didn’t change to the extent that your knowledge would be [...]

“You Might Also Like” How AI Gets Employees Hooked on Learning

June 18th, 2019|Categories: LCD & Technology, Uncategorized|

There are two reasons why people learn: 1) because they are told to and 2) because they choose to. Historically, learning and development teams have been focused on delivering the former. The highest priorities tend to be those that mitigate the biggest business risks: compliance, performance, leadership, management, and general onboarding. It’s all about telling people what they need to know to be most successful in their jobs and when [...]

Putting Learner Personas to Work: A Case Study

April 30th, 2019|Categories: LCD Actions, LCD Examples, Uncategorized|

In our previous post, we explored the idea of using learner personas. L&D practitioners need to learn how to identify key subgroups within the larger target audience then collect or create the right array of learning assets to meet the learning needs. What’s more, they must go beyond segmenting learner groups by the traditional criteria of age, experience, education, language, job role, and so forth. Here’s a sample description of three [...]

It’s Not Just One Target Audience

April 10th, 2019|Categories: About the Model, Uncategorized|

“Who are we designing for?” That’s traditionally one of the first questions asked by L&D when starting a training project. Typically, there’s just one answer, and it sounds something like this: all managers, or IT employees using the XYZ program, or customer-facing employees. In other words, it’s a description of the one target audience. Once we have that single target learner group definition, we design one training solution to cover the needs of this [...]

A New World of Learning Clusters for L&D

March 21st, 2018|Categories: About the Model, Uncategorized|

Has L&D already given up on having a presence in informal learning? Are we going to remain stuck in our world of classes and courses, the world of counting seats filled and clicks on e-learning? We’re seeing some L&D professionals willing to embrace new possibilities, but most are struggling to find a way forward. That’s no surprise; our industry is facing a staggering increase in complexity as well as organizational [...]

What Clues Do Millennials Hold for Modern Learning and Development?

November 15th, 2017|Categories: About the Model, Uncategorized|

Millennials: the word we are – dare I say it – sick of. Yet we still don’t understand how to deal with the changes that became urgent when this generation joined the workplace. I began speaking on this topic over five years ago when I saw HR leaders repeating generational stereotypes. In my work, I have given over 100 talks that have left attendees saying, “I will never use the [...]

When Learning Gets Modernized – What Does the Research Say Will Happen?

March 29th, 2017|Categories: About the Model, Uncategorized|

Today’s busy employees desire quick, convenient access to information so they can react immediately to constant change in the business world as well work on upskilling themselves when it fits into their schedule. Crystal Kadakia and Lisa M.D. Owens describe the modern learner as: “Someone who is in an environment where content changes fast and learning needs change even faster. Modern learners want answers right away and rely on a [...]

Are You Part of a Modern L&D Organization?

June 28th, 2016|Categories: About the Model, Uncategorized|

Being part of a modern learning and development (L&D) organization can be easier than you think. It does not mean you have to buy and learn to use all the latest high-tech apps, software, and e-whatever. Instead, it means looking at the role of L&D through a different lens. Most L&D organizations are caught up in the rat race of trying to deliver more and more training to help employees [...]

Are You A Modern Learner?

June 3rd, 2016|Categories: About the Model, Uncategorized|

We design learning for an increasingly diverse environment, spanning regions, ages, generations, functions, and roles. But are you a modern learner? What does it mean to be a modern learner? Picture the last time you needed new information or to learn a new skill, personally or professionally. How did you discover the answer? Chances are, you used a search engine, read articles, or watched videos until you closed your knowledge [...]

Is Reading a Book a Modern Learning Method?

April 26th, 2016|Categories: LCD Actions, Uncategorized|

Should we discard all learning methods of the past to meet the demands of modern learning opportunities? Probably not. We certainly need to modernize learning to keep up with how, when, and where learners need it. However, although it may come as a surprise, digital and flashy isn’t what makes learning modern. But it’s best to trend toward the modern side of learning to keep today’s learners engaged.  We often [...]

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