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VCoL in Practice—Learn to learn optimally


ViP is a course for adults and teens (16 & up) who want to become exceptionally effective lifelong learners. In this course, you'll learn a little bit about learning, but you'll primarily be building actual skills for learning—not study skills, but skills for learning the way your brain likes to learn. This way of learning—micro-VCoLing—involves VCoL+7 (the Virtuous Cycle of Learning and its Plus Seven Skills). It's the kind of learning required to continuously build the real-world skills and habits required for success in a rapidly changing and complex world. 

In other words, ViP equips participants with a new habit of mind—micro-VCoLing—that will support them in reaching their full developmental potential. 

See the articles: Learning in the moment: How to use micro-VCoLs to learn optimally on the fly and Everyone should have the opportunity to develop optimally.

Two types of ViP offerings

For learners, educators, and coaches, we offer a minimally disruptive 12-week course that helps participants learn to VCoL by engaging in a series of increasingly sophisticated embedded practices that involve one or more of the +7 skills. Embedded practice takes place in the same real-world contexts in which the skill being practiced will be used. For example, all of us who have learned to drive engaged in embedded practice when we first drove on real roads.

For businesses, we offer a customized experience that can involve anything from a single introductory session focused on basic VCoLing skills, to a full ViP experience tailored to fit specific organizational needs.

ViP is perfect for groups

Teams, families, & friends who take ViP together will enjoy the additional learning benefit of frequent opportunities to share VCoLing experiences. If the members of your group are interested in taking ViP together, fill in the form at the bottom of the page and ask for information about group participation and rates.

ViP syllabus

Lectical Assessment

Prior to the first meeting, participants will take a Lectical Assessment and receive the first of three reports, each of which targets a different set of skills. Each report contains several personalized suggestions for skill-building practices.  

Sample report

Cohort meeting 1: Introduction to VCoL and micro-VCoLing

In Module 1, you'll learn about the Virtuous Cycle of Learning, where it comes from, and how to put micro-VCoL experiments to work in daily practice.

Weekly discussion sessions

Every week, with the exception of week 1 and week 12, course instructors will host 1-hour discussion sessions. In these meetings, we will discuss participants' questions, issues, and experiences then discuss the next week's practices and micro-VCoLs. We recommend that participants attend at least two of these sessions each month.

Individuals on the accreditation track will be required to attend the first and last cohort meetings and 7 out of 10 discussion sessions. They will also be required to submit four original micro-VCoLs for review. Successful completion of ViP is the first requirement in our ViP accreditation process, which also involves co-facilitating two ViP courses. ViP certification entitles individuals to teach ViP.  

Cohort meeting 2: Final meeting

In the final VCoL meeting, cohort members will come together to share their most effective micro- VCoLs and most interesting learning experiences.


The registration deadline for the first VIP is January 9, 2020.

Special early bird rates of $796 (regular) and $1,596 (certification) will apply until December 5, 2019. After December 5, prices will be $995 (regular) and $1,995 (certification). Please contact us for group rates.

Rates for adolescents aged 16-18 are 20% lower than adult rates.

Meeting dates

  • Two-hour cohort meeting on January 27th at 11:00 AM* or January 29th at 5:00 PM.
  • Weekly one-hour collaborative learning sessions, starting at the same time as the opening session. (We recommend that you attend at least 2 per month.)
  • Two-hour cohort meeting on April 13th at 11:00 AM or April 15th at 5:00 PM. 

*New York time

Refund and transfer policies

Prior to the registration deadline, we will refund 85% of your payment on request.

After the registration deadline, no refunds are available, but you will be given 2 years to complete your course by transferring to a later offering. When you transfer, you will be required to pay a processing fee equal to 15% of the course fee being charged at that time.

Please note: VCoLs submitted or presented by class participants will become the property of Lectica, Inc. and their creator. All VCoLs created for the course may be shared as part of assessment feedback or shared with the public as part of an educational offering.

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Selected funders

IES (US Department of Education)

The Spencer Foundation


Dr. Sharon Solloway

The Simpson Foundation

The Leopold Foundation

Donor list

Selected clients

Glastonbury School District, CT

The Ross School

Rainbow Community School

The Study School

Long Trail School

The US Naval Academy

The City of Edmonton, Alberta

The US Federal Government

Advisory Board

Kurt Fischer, Ph.D. Harvard Graduate School of Education, Emeritus

Antonio Battro, MD, Ph.D., One Laptop Per Child

Marc Schwartz, Ph.D. and former high school teacher, University of Texas at Arlington

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D., University of Southern California

Willis Overton, Ph.D., Temple University, Emeritus