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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. 

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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.

For groups of all kinds

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

Learning goals

Active participants in ViP will:

  1. Learn how to use micro-VCoLs to learn effectively in-the-moment from everyday experience.
  2. Automate the process of micro-VCoLing to the point that it requires very little conscious mental energy.
  3. Begin developing several VUCA sub-skills.

Lectical Assessment

Prior to the second meeting, participants will take a Lectical Assessment and receive the first of 8–10 reports, each of which contains a micro-VCoL for a new VUCA sub-skill (example below).  

Sample report

Classroom activities

Cohort meeting 1: Introduction to micro-VCoLing

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

Weekly discussions

Every week, with the exception of week 1 and week 12, course instructors will host 1-hour discussion sessions. In these semi-structured meetings, we will discuss participants' questions, issues, experiences, and insights. 

During weeks 1–4, you'll learn basic micro-VCoLing skills by working through a stress-reduction micro-VCoL and a micro-VCoL Starter Set. (Dr. Dawson has provided a detailed description and a set of starter set examples in her article, VCoL in action, the micro-VCoL starter set.) In the following weeks, you will be working with a variety of micro-VCoLs. Each week's VCoL will focus on a new sub-skill. 

Cohort meeting 2: Final meeting

In the final VCoL meeting, cohort members will come together for an Insight Slam in which they will share their most interesting learning experiences and insights.



The registration deadline for the next ViP is March 30th, 2020.


Special early bird rates of $896 (regular) and $1,796 (accreditation track) will apply until March 15, 2020. After March 15, prices will be $995 (regular) and $1,995 (certification). Please contact us for group rates.

Rate for K-12 (pre-college) teachers: $696. (Contact us to inquire about scholarships.)


Prior to the first class, you will listen to a video lecture, read a few articles, and practice your first micro-VCoL. Prior to the second class, you will be required to take a Lectical Assessment (at least 5 days before class).

Meeting dates

  • One two-hour cohort meeting on Wednesday, April 8th at 11:00 AM. 
  • Weekly one-hour collaborative learning sessions, starting at the same time as your opening session.
  • One two-hour cohort meeting on June 24th at 11:00 AM. 

*New York time

Individuals on the accreditation track will be required to attend the first and last cohort meetings and 8 out of 10 discussion sessions. Successful completion of ViP is the first requirement in our ViP accreditation process, which also involves writing four VCoLs, co-facilitating two ViP courses, and receiving a recommendation from a senior instructor. ViP certification entitles individuals to teach ViP.  If you are on the accreditation track check with us in advance of registering to make sure you understand the process.

Refund & 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 who are on the accreditation track may be edited and added to Lectica's VCoL library.

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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