LCD Articles and Blogs Archive

Creating a Learning Cluster for Onboarding

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 company, the people, to technical skills, etc. Looking at it from an LCD model lens, this leader first got clear on the most critical differences they wanted to see on the [...]

Creating a Learning Cluster for Onboarding2023-03-02T05:32:49-05:00

Beyond the First Moment of Learning Need

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 to the next “new” effort without stopping to identify if our initiative even worked.  As L&D professionals, we often tackle new learning challenges from the lens of what Mosher and Gottfredson, [...]

Beyond the First Moment of Learning Need2023-03-02T05:39:21-05:00

Modern Learner Spotlight: Head of L&D at Bluescape

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 featured in our book, Designing for Modern Learning: Beyond ADDIE and SAM.  Most recently, Loc and his team won the ATD BEST Award for their learning programming at Bluescape, and Loc sat [...]

Modern Learner Spotlight: Head of L&D at Bluescape2023-03-02T05:41:49-05:00

How to Develop Learning for 78 Topics in 12 Months

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 course in the LMS, etc. It’s overwhelming to figure out personalized learning assets for that many problems when you don’t have a strategic process. With Learning Cluster Design, the L&D team [...]

How to Develop Learning for 78 Topics in 12 Months2023-03-02T05:44:53-05:00

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

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. One of the tools that aligns with this guiding principle is ScreenSteps. How often have you sat through (or delivered) a training for a simple step by step process that the company [...]

Modern Take on Performance Support: It’s Just as Important!2023-03-02T05:51:00-05:00

How LCD Model Helps Make Smart Use of Artificial Intelligence

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:  We know that a one-size fits all approach does not meet the needs of modern learners Yet, we often struggle with how to surround each learner with the learning assets that [...]

How LCD Model Helps Make Smart Use of Artificial Intelligence2023-03-02T05:54:40-05:00

Co-Facilitation: A Modern Learning Strategy for Remote Training

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 journey. With the sudden shift to remote work (and learning) one year ago, many L&D professionals were faced with converting their full-day, in-person L&D programming into virtual learning sessions, and in [...]

Co-Facilitation: A Modern Learning Strategy for Remote Training2023-03-02T05:56:32-05:00

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

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 individuals are likely in completely different places on their DEI journeys. The Learn Action provides a process to help name, define, and explore the needs of different constituencies and where they are. [...]

The Intersection Between L&D & Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Efforts2023-03-02T06:08:36-05:00

5 Reasons to Join The Learning Cluster Design Workshop

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 work. With Learning Cluster Design as a new tool in your L&D toolkit, you’ll empower learners — and business results — like never before. Over the past several years, more than [...]

5 Reasons to Join The Learning Cluster Design Workshop2023-03-02T06:10:51-05:00

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

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 talent's capability. Traditionally, L&D has overwhelmingly focused on new moments of learning need, and that has typically manifested itself in the sole development of one-and-done formal learning events. Every topic is [...]

Learning Design in COVID Times: How It’s More Than E-Learning2023-03-02T06:12:12-05:00
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