Friday, August 27, 2010

Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea: Part 2

Our discussion continues at New to the chat? Feel free to jump in and join us.

Questions for Three Cups of Tea, chapters 10 through 16:

Q4 What did we learn about working though channels in Mortenson's story? How is this applicable to L&D?

Q5 From Mortenson's experiences, what did we learn about working with SME (subject matter experts)?

Q6 What lessons can L&D learn about cultural change from Mortenson?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea: Part 1

Our book chat on learning-in-practice continues with Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.

The discussion will take place at

New to HootCourse? This will help:

  • Sign in at HootCourse to join the chat.
  • Questions will always be listed under "Hoots."
  • Uncheck the box "post to Twitter" if you want your comments to remain private to the book chat.
  • We will use the hashtag #lrnbk. HootCourse adds the hashtag automatically.
  • The chat is asynchronous to accommodate different time zones.
  • This learning is informal. Have fun.

Questions for Part 1, Chapters 1 through 9:

Q1 What did we learn about learning in M's first approach to fund raising for the Corpse school?

Q2 Did M follow some defined process to get the first school built? What can we in L&D learn from his first efforts?

Q3 What role does passion play in M's plan? What lessons can we apply in L&D?

Questions for Part 2, chapters 10 through 16, will be posted Friday, August 27.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Book Chat on Learning in Practice: Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea

Welcome to the latest LrnBook Chat on learning-in-practice, Greg Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time.

The chat is asynchronous to allow for multiple time zones.

We'll begin with chapters 1 through 9 on Monday, August 23, and continue with chapters 10 through 16 on Friday, August 27.

To access the #lrnbk chat go here: To participants of the King and Gawande chats, note that this is a different Hootcourse number. Everyone (new or previous members) will need to sign in first to participate.

Discussion questions will be posted here as well as on the Hootcourse site. Click the Hoots tab to access questions there.

The hashtag for LrnBook Chat is #lrnbk. Hootcourse adds the hashtag automatically.

New to #lrnbk? Click here for context and background by @JaneBozarth.

Using Kindle? There's a tool that will help you match page numbers to APPROXIMATE Kindle locations. From your Kindle, launch your browser, and go to . The converter tool is at the bottom of the page. You'll need to enter this information about the paperback (Penguin edition, 2007):
Physical book pages 349
First chapter begins on page 7
Last chapter ends on page 331

@dbolen and @steelepierce will be leading the Three Cups of Tea Chat. They'll appear on Hootcourse as @lrnbk.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Next Book - Three Cups of Tea

We will roll out out next book exploring learning in practice on August 23 discussing Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time, Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. Our discussion focus will be the same as the past two books - what can we "learn" about learning from Mortenson's story? What can we learn about the design process and developing solutions to the problems? What can we learn about organizational change?

We will use HootCourse albeit as a different "course number." To access this chat go here - Please bring other ideas, issues and questions from your reading via Twitter or comments. Oh, and have fun.

Thanks for participating and thanks to Jane Bozarth (@JaneBozarth) for her leadership.

Don Bolen (@dbolen) & M.E. Steele-Pierce (@steelepierce)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Gawande: Final Question (August 9)

One last question: Karl Kapp posted this comment on formal learning they day we began this project. What's your response, now that we've finished King and Gawande?

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Gawande "Complications": Wrap Up

Q12. What role does instinct (or intuition) play in G's world (esp last chapter)? (thx to @dbolen for the question)

Q13. So what did we learn from G about how people learn?

Q14. What did we learn from G & King together about how people learn?

I haven't heard details on the plan for the next book but will let you know when I know.

Thanks to everyone for participating!


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Gawande's Complications Part 3

[New to this project? Details and overview here.]

The "Final Cut" chapter (p. 187) was so full of comments on learning that I don't even know where to start asking about it. Feel free to take add more questions.

Q10. p. 198 "In most cases, it wasn't technology that failed [but Dr. didn't] consider the correct diagnosis in the 1st place." Problem for L&D?

Q11. How can we help learners learn to better navigate decisionmaking, particularly when precise 'correct' answers may not exist?

More questions on Saturday; book wrap-up by Monday.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Gawande's Complications Part 2

Gawande Pt 2 pages 109-186

Q8. What can Learning & Development learn about collaboration from Gawande?

Q9. p. 116 When Drs can't find source of chronic pain, tend to be dismssive of it. Do we/where do we see similar in L & D?

Feel free to throw out more questions.

We'll start the rest of Gawande on Thursday with wrap-up by next Monday.

Respond in Hootcourse, please.

Folks have indicated an interest in doing another book and the favorite is Three Cups of Tea. Don Bolen and Mary Steele-Pierce will be leading that one so I'll ask them to consider the schedule.

I'm traveling this week (Univ Wisconsin Conf on Distance Teaching & Learning) but will check in as I can.