I’ll Have a “Cappuccino U”

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/11/26

Via Harold Jarche this AM comes a link to a free pdf book called “Cappuccino U” (.pdf) by Jerome Martin and published by Spotted Cow Press.

It’s kind of a chronicle of diving into / developing “a new, personally-driven approach to learning”. From the Intro —

This e-book is about a new style of learning in which innovative people have combined new information technology with traditional ways of learning to develop a new, personally-driven approach to learning. It happens predominantly in “the third place,” a location that is neither home nor office. The third place is usually a coffee house, one which is designed to serve this particular audience.

People gather in their favourite third places to work, relax, visit and learn. They work independently and in groups. Some of them use computers which may or may not be linked to the web. Some are taking courses online; others are writing books like this one.

This is Cappuccino U.

Martin goes on to relate how he dove into a Faulkner class via Oprah’s Book Club —
I soon learned that Oprah has not only a book club but a classroom as well. By joining her book club (at no cost to me) I found that I had access to lectures about Faulkner and the books. I and thousands of other students were told that the lectures would be available over the summer. We were asked to read the books in the order I listed them and were informed by e-mail when a new lecture was available on the web.
He then does a nice summary on how education is no longer “acquired through vaccination” — that’s a nice phrase —
Some people feel that they have an education because when they were 22 they received a Bachelor’s degree, or they received a PhD when they were 28 (or, more likely these days, 38).

However, education is not acquired through vaccination or some sort of
anointment. We learn daily – or we have the opportunity to do so. Continuing education, be it formal or informal, is essential to our growth as individuals.

If our formal education has been successful we will have been vaccinated with a curiousity virus and will continue to look for new knowledge, not just because it is useful to us but because we have an insatiable desire to learn and become better at what we do.
Overall, it’s a nice short summary of where things are headed — both for our traditional teaching institutions and for career training.



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  1. Caffeine fix…

    The queue at Cappucino U seems to be getting a bit longer each day…. Great to see that happening…….

    Trackback by As Canadian as Possible... under the circumstances — November 26, 2006 #

  2. Our post-modern culture is much more open to informal, personal exchanges than it is to didactic, formal learning. The concept of Cappucino U. makes complete sense then. The challenge is applying it to formal learning environments such as a medical center or business environment.

    How can educators deliver education at Cap. U. in their business? By setting up tables in the cafeteria and chatting? Would love to hear some ideas!

    Comment by Gary W Scott — December 6, 2006 #

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