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The Learning Circle Framework™

Are you looking for a simple and modern learning design model that meets the needs of todays fluid workforce? IDC has created an easy-to-follow framework to rapidly build and present your learning design strategy—we call this The Learning Circle Framework™. The Learning Circle Framework™ is founded on modern learning design and agile product development principles. See an overview of The Learning Circle Framework™ below:

Phase I: Target

All great training courses start with a focus, a target. If you don't know why you are creating training and who you are building it for, you will most likely fail. Who is your audience? What business problems are your trying to solve? What are the needs and goals of your learners? These are all questions to consider in the Target phase. Targeting does not need to be an exhaustive analysis like, but it will be worth your time to consider some of the following elements when creating your learning strategy:

  • Interview Learners and Stakeholders

  • Define Problem(s)

  • Create Learner Personas

  • Define Success Criteria

Phase II: Create

The Create phase is where your amazing learning experience comes to life. During this phase, your learning materials are created, tested, and revised based on learner feedback. This is where you will gather, create, and organize learner stories. Learner stories are simply a definition of learner needs. In this phase you will also gather and curate content. In the modern age when content is created every second, more of your time should be focused on gathering and curating content and less on writing original content. How can you test your prototype and gather continual feedback from your learners and stake holders? These are all questions to consider in the Create phase. See an overview of the key elements of the Create phase:

  • Create and Organize Learner Stories

  • Gather and Create Content

  • Build and Test Prototype

  • Build Final Course


Phase III: Launch

So now you have a clear focus and your course has been tested with your learnersit is time to launch! What does your course roadmap look like? Specifically, when will you roll it out, who will take the training, and what channels will it be delivered? Have you considered how you will communicate your training program? After all, a training course is useless if people are not aware that it exists. These are all questions to consider in the Launch phase. This is the phase that excites all instructional design related professionals; this is when all of your hard work pays off! See an overview of the key elements of the Launch phase:


  • Create Course Roadmap

  • Identify Training Delivery Channels

  • Create Communications Plan

  • Deploy Course

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