When it was announced that Birmingham City University was going to be offering the first MA in Social Media anywhere, the blog & twittersphere went crazy here in Spain. One of the many reasons for this is the power of validation that events from elsewhere have here, something I will explore later in another post as part of a wider analysis of cultural differences & social media. I like this video of course leader Jon Hickman presenting the MA because it’s the antithesis of academic presentation in Spain. It’s in what I’m becoming to think of as “the Birmingham School” – in a pub and with an appearance by Andy Mabbett!
The video by Kasper Sorensen was recorded “At WxWM Jon Hickman from Birmingham City University gave a presentation about the Uni’s plans to launch an MA in Social Media.WxWM is the West Midlands’ answer to Texas’ SxSW if you hadn’t figured that out already ;-)”
cataspanglish is a project by Ana and Chris to use the Internet to further teaching and communication.
Currently cataspangish is producing the slow spain podcast and Montse guitar sessions.
In January 2008 we will be launching two new projects – a specialised intensive online course for advanced learners of English and an online course for new learners of English which will seek to use the Internet to overcome the problems of balancing work, studies and domestic life so prevalent in Spain.
Chris also produces a resource “blog” for his English students here and is beginning to blog about his relationship with technology at Luddgeek.
Ana blogs about her favourite obsession at El Porqué de los Zapatos