Everyone should have the opportunity to develop optimally

People develop optimally when they’re learning the way the brain likes to learn. And working with VCoL (the virtuous cycle of learning) appears to be the best way to give the brain what it wants.

3 min readNov 10, 2019


In recent years, Lectica’s (the nonprofit that owns me) research has revealed increasingly compelling evidence that a particular form of VCoLing, which we call micro-VCoLing, is a major predictor of the rate and quality of learning. Consequently, we’re increasingly focused on building tools and methods that support micro-VCoLing.

See the article: Learning in the moment: How to use micro-VCoLs to learn optimally on the fly

We’ve also created a course called ViP (VCoL in Practice) that’s helping people all over the world build fundamental skills for learning optimally from everyday experience.

What exactly is ViP?

ViP is a 6-week course focused on habituating micro-VCoLing skills. In this course, participants learn to micro-VCoL through guided practice until they’re able to continue refining the skill on their own.

ViP includes a Lectical Assessment. Lectical Assessments measure how skillfully people put their knowledge to work in real-world contexts. The assessments used in ViP focus on skills like deliberation, information evaluation, perspective coordination, contextual thinking, collaborative capacity, and conflict resolution. All of these skills relate to one or more of the seven essential life skills in Lectica’s VCoL+7 model.

Participants take an assessment, then receive a report focused on three or more targeted skills. Each skill is associated with recommendations for several practices, based on the score awarded to the performance (Lectical Level).

For example, an individual who performs in the upper quarter of Lectical Level 10 (1075–1099) might receive the following recommendations for building conflict-resolution skills. Note that each recommendation is focused on a particular subskill (micro-skill) associated with conflict resolution:

Whenever you are involved in or observe a conflict…

  • Attempt to identify the source of the conflict. Look especially for possible causes that aren’t immediately obvious.
  • Listen closely to the arguments made by key stakeholders. Note their concerns, values, and goals.
  • Mentally construct a compelling argument for each stakeholder position.

Reports also provide micro-VCoL activities related to one or more sub-skills. (See the partial report below.)

ViP participants who do their homework have begun the process of habituating fundamental micro-VCoLing skills. The activities in assessment reports are designed to extend and refine these skills, paving the way to micro-VCoLing virtuosity.

To learn more about ViP or to apply, please visit the ViP page at lecticalive.



Theo Dawson

Award-winning educator, scholar, & consultant, Dr. Theo Dawson, discusses a wide range of topics related to learning and development.