The Learning Cluster Design Practicum

Do you want to deliver flow of work learning that changes your customer’s day to day actions? Do you want to stop just delivering one and done training?

In this novel 3-week modern learning experience, you will not only become a fundamentally capable LCD practitioner, you’ll walk away with a learning cluster for a current work project.

What You’ll Take Away

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.


Practicum Output Examples

Learning Clusters developed by the end of the practicum.

What Can My Org Expect To Receive As Benefits From My Participation?

A High Business Impact Learning Cluster on Technician Capability Improvement

Sales Team Development Learning Cluster: Storytelling Capability


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A Learning Cluster for New Hire Onboarding in Healthcare Compliance Team

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, you will go on a 3-week blended learning journey to learn the model, the Five Actions, the Tools, and apply to a current project you bring to the course.

What Stands Out About the 3-Week Practicum?

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 flow of work:

  • 2.5 days of learning time spread across three 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
  • 30-min of individual work project coaching
  • Case study practice

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

“You have nothing to lose and you won’t regret it. My team and I tried for a year and a half to apply the model on our own. I’ve read the book twice. The two weeks flipped us completely and gave us the right direction we had been missing.” – S. Ashford, L&D & Customer Education Leader


“I was never satisfied with the benefits to the business in my SPOs. On my own, I was not able to pinpoint why I never felt they were right, but during the coaching session and hear other participants share their SPOs, it was identified that I was too vague and general.” – D. Gsoell, L&D Leader, Veritext

“Using the tools will really help me help others to produce meaningful assets that help the learners where they are.” – J. Hurley, Consultant

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What You’ll Learn

  • 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

“Loved how hands on and interactive the program was. I got a lot out of applying the process to one of my programs AND receiving feedback. I’m taking back a lot of valuable information to my organization that will pay dividends in helping us revamp our program.

2019 Participant, Atlanta


Frequently Asked Questions

It for anyone who wants to become an LCD practitioner – who wants the LCD model to become the normal way they create learning for others.

For those experienced in the training industry, we will help bridge tradition with modern.

Though we do bring in fundamentals from the training field, for those who are outside of learning & development, you will find it easier in the sense that you might have more of a blank slate or less “baggage” when thinking about the principles shared with the model.


While our book certainly says a lot in thousands of words, learning by doing is a crucial way to change your behavior towards application. As many of the alumni share below, it gives you a chance to actually experience what you’ve read – with expert guidance and coaching to push you to new edges and learning.


We can help you! Just contact us and we can send you resources based on your specific needs and culture.

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What Our Graduates Say

Sales and Marketing Industry Graduate,
Jen Collins

Education Non Profit Leader Graduate,
Karen Bryan-Chambers

Silicon Valley Software Company Graduate,
John Quinn

Agriculture Technical Industry Graduate,
Jeff Irwin

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Over 600 graduates of the LCD foundational learning experience: the 2-week practicum
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