The Private LCD Practicum Experience

Do you want your full team to work from the same business-impacting strategy? Speak the same language? Change learner behavior and org culture at large scale? 

In this customized version of our 3-week modern learning experience, your team will not only become fundamentally capable LCD practitioners, they will jumpstart change by delivering Learning Clusters for their active projects.

How Does a Private Practicum Differ from the Public Experience?

While the general structure, goals, and curricula are the same as the public practicum, there are unique differences when you decide to invest in a private team experience.

  • Team Work to Make the Dream Work: Learning Cluster projects have the option to be done in pairs or teams, rather than required to be individual

  • Facilitation Customized for Your Org: We work with you to understand your unique challenges and weave them into the facilitation

  • Coaching for L&D Leaders: We include support to help figure out your next steps as a leader with your team and your organization

  • Custom Schedule: If our standard live session times need to be adjusted for your team, we will accommodate.

  • Maintain Internal Focus: While in our public sessions, an advantage is to be able to witness and learn from other industries, for a larger team this can actually be distracting. We find teams benefit from being able to talk in depth about the specifics of their organization.

  • Team Building: Taking an immersive course like this naturally builds a stronger team and relationships that are often exciting and momentum building.

*Note: If you have more than four participants, we will strongly suggest a private session to maintain the integrity of both the public and your team experience. If you have more than fifteen team members, multiple private sessions are recommended.

A Private Practicum Story

Atlassian, the company behind team collaboration products like Jira, Trello, and Confluence, invested in a private practicum for their team. Hear what they have to say about the experience below.

Program Manager POV

Learning Leader POV

Global Team Member POV

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Practicum Output Examples

The practicum isn’t just a place to upskill on the model.
Participants accelerate their growth and impact by bringing an active work initiative to the course and applying the LCD model to build a learning cluster.

See the work past participants have developed by the end of the course below.

A High Business Impact Learning Cluster on Technician Capability Improvement

Sales Team Development Learning Cluster: Storytelling Capability

A Learning Cluster for New Hire Onboarding in Healthcare Compliance Team

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Course Overview

A practicum by definition implies a practical experience, guided by an expert.

Using the leading community collaboration platform, Circle, to deliver a novel, social-learning-centered experience, we build your capability to designing learning for your customers across the flow of work.

With a small cohort of no more than 15 people, your team will go on a 2-week journey to learn the model, the Five Actions, the Tools, and apply to a current project you bring to the course. 

A Multi-Faceted, In the Flow of Work Experience,
Built Around Social Learning as the Center

The three weeks are not immersive, they are a blended learning curriculum that works with your team’s flow of work:

  • 2.5 days of learning time spread across two weeks
  • 1 Learning Cluster for a Current Work project/initiative
  • 5 live sessions
  • 3.5 hours of self-study
  • Social learning through the leading platform for community, Circle
  • 60-min of team project coaching
  • Case study practice

Capped at 15 participants to provide a deep, quality experience.

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What Your Team Will Be Able To Do

Here is the transformation you can expect from investing in just a few week course.

Learning Objectives

Your team will be able to:

  • Assess the issues with traditional L&D models that fail to address today’s digital context

  • Describe the approach each of the five Actions take to build a new L&D product, the Learning Cluster

  • Commit and express confidence in delivering a coordinated package of learning assets, a Learning Cluster, for a given capability gap in your organization

  • Apply the Five Actions and their Tools to develop a Learning Cluster for a current training initiative you are working on

What would change if everyone adopts the model?

Your Team Will Shift:

Frequently Asked Questions

We are committed to delivering the experience in the flow of work as possible.

Learning by doing isn’t simply about using case studies we offer. 

Not only do we intend for your team to get work done together, their work will actually be accelerated. In just two weeks, your team will have build draft learning clusters together by using the model.

The base estimate is $3500/participant, up to 15 participants per session, with a minimum of 4 participants.

If you have less than 4 participants, we recommend using the public practicum approach.

If your team is larger, we are happy to discuss discounts for multiple sessions.

The best answer to this question comes from Suzanne Ashford, an L&D Leader who read the book twice and spent a year and a half with her team trying to do it on their own. It is complex to move an organizational strategy and it just didn’t work.


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Need Help Building the Business Case?

Our team can support you make the case. We help you understand and articulate your business drivers, from our experience working with C-Suite leaders and past leaders who have invested in making the LCD Model their go-to strategy and capability for their organization. Just contact us and we are happy to help!

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5,000+ readers of the top-selling ATD book, Designing for Modern Learning: Beyond ADDIE and SAM
Over 600 graduates of the LCD foundational learning experience: the 2-week practicum
1,000+ attendees across the past year of free monthly dialogues on modern learning
130+ videos, 75+ articles and podcasts, and more!

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