The last exam is over. You head out of the classroom door with a sight of deep relief. Done! No more learning for at least a few weeks. Well…not so fast… Welcome to Cappuccino U! “What?” I hear. “Is that some caffeine-induced state of delirium? Or are you implying it’s time for me to apply to Starbucks? I haven’t seen my grades yet.” No, no, no. Cappucino U is a metaphor for some Third Place – not your home and not the office or school – where informal learning occurs. Jerome Martin has written an e-book entitled "Cappucino U" that is available in the PDF format through Spotted Cow Press. It will only take you about fifteen minutes to read, and once you do, you’ll get a glimpse into your future as a knowledge worker.
A coffee shop is an example of such Third Place. I remember, I loved studying in a coffee shop. The library was too quiet for me. The local coffee shop offered just the right blend of aroma, light, noise, good discussions, focused reading, and occasional interruptions in the shape of a friend or a classmate. (They didn’t have a wireless internet in the coffee shop back in those days.) I still love reading and working in coffee shops.
Cappuccino U presents a new approach to learning where you decide what to learn, how to learn and where to learn it. It is about learning communities and networks enabled by smart technology. It’s about staying current in your field and taking responsibility for your knowledge. It’s a neat concept to explore while you are on your break.
What’s your favorite place for informal learning?
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