Saturday, December 30, 2017
Thursday, December 21, 2017
MADBOOTS DANCE is a NYC-based company founded and led by two dancer-choreographers, Jonathan Campbell and
Austin Diaz, who are also life partners. Having met in 2010 as both were
starting their professional careers as dancers, Campbell and Diaz soon began to
collaborate in the choreography of their own duets. In time, they began to
create pieces for a small ensemble of male dancers, producing such works as Sad Boys, All Fours, and Masc. Their work frequently addresses gay themes
and features male-to-male contact and intimacy. Excerpts of their
pieces can be seen in high definition on their website www.madbootsdance.com or on Vimeo.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity -- to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a warm, personal talk, he shares his effort to reconcile who he is with who the world tells him a man should be. And he has a challenge for men: "See if you can use the same qualities that you feel make you a man to go deeper," Baldoni says. "Your strength, your bravery, your toughness: Are you brave enough to be vulnerable? Are you strong enough to be sensitive? Are you confident enough to listen to the women in your life?"
Thursday, December 07, 2017
Universities have started giving away their content free as "Massive Open Online Courses", with the satisfyingly ridiculous acronym MOOCs. Eleven top UK universities recently announced they were joining the Open University to launch FutureLearn, in an attempt to catch up with the elite US institutions that have led the way in teaching huge numbers online.
It all sounds great for people who, for one reason or another, can't go to a traditional university. But do MOOCs have anything to offer students already studying at a conventional institution? Well, I've signed up for a MOOC in microeconomics. I did it because I'm thinking about whether to do a master’s degree and what to study. I'm testing my resolve: if I enjoy it enough to study in my own time, maybe I'm ready for a master’s. Better to find out before I hand over the money. Why else would a university student consider a MOOC? You could use it to improve your CV – it shows you're motivated, you have a variety of interests and you're not struggling with your workload.
And before you can use an online course to help you get a job, employers have to learn what they are and respect them. University isn't just about what you learn but proving you know it. The only proof you did your MOOC is that you clicked on "I promise not to cheat[i]". This is changing, though: one of the biggest MOOC organisers, Coursera, is testing facial recognition software to monitor students, and charging a small fee for verification.
Moocs are extra tuition from a different perspective. Dreading[ii] that compulsory class you know you'll find difficult to pass, the one with the 50% fail rate? MOOC comes to the rescue. Free preparation: better than failing and suffering the consequences to your grade point average and student loan.
Are MOOCs a threat to old school universities? Should we fear that, before we've even paid them off, traditional university degrees will become obsolete like floppy disks [iii]? Probably not, as they are a long way from ready to replace traditional degrees. There might not be a MOOC versus traditional university mega-battle – instead, online courses offer another option on higher education's menu of delights.
MOOCs still have serious problems. A Coursera course crashed[iv] recently, unable to cope with the thousands of students trying to join online discussions. MOOCs are limited to subjects that can be assessed with multiple choice exams, marked automatically. Written any essays in your degree? Your professor's critique of them can't be replicated by a MOOC – yet. As for me, although I did not make a single friend in a community of 37,000, I enjoyed the chance to learn what I was interested in, on my own terms. MOOCs are a new approach to education – and we, traditional university students, needn't miss out[v].
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
IdI Students and Alumni Go to the Cinema
Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 at 8.20pm
Cine Avenida, Marqués de Paradas 15, €3.90
Like in previous years since 2003, the Instituto de Idiomas is organizing a cultural activity at the cinema. On this 2017 edition, we are going to see a recent British drama film (with Spanish subtitles), which was highly acclaimed at the Seville European Film Festival, only a few weeks ago. God's Own Country is a story about love, dignity, immigration, and ultimately about male identity in our time. Hope you can join us that day.
Monday, November 13, 2017
If you're wondering how to respond to that question, an Iowa State University study can help you find the answer. ISU researchers have developed a questionnaire to help you determine if you suffer from nomophobia or a fear of being without your mobile phone.
Caglar Yildirim, lead author of the study and a Ph.D. student in human computer interaction, and Ana-Paula Correia, an associate professor in ISU's School of Education, identified four dimensions of this modern-day phobia. The study was published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior. Watch the video below to learn more about nomophobia and then answer the questions below to see if you are nomophobic.
Study participants were asked to respond to the following statements on a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 7 (strongly agree). Total scores were calculated by adding the responses to each item. The higher scores corresponded to greater nomophobia severity.
- I would feel uncomfortable without constant access to information through my smartphone.
- I would be annoyed if I could not look information up on my smartphone when I wanted to do so.
- Being unable to get the news (e.g., happenings, weather, etc.) on my smartphone would make me nervous.
- I would be annoyed if I could not use my smartphone and/or its capabilities when I wanted to do so.
- Running out of battery in my smartphone would scare me.
- If I were to run out of credits or hit my monthly data limit, I would panic.
- If I did not have a data signal or could not connect to Wi-Fi, then I would constantly check to see if I had a signal or could find a Wi-Fi network.
- If I could not use my smartphone, I would be afraid of getting stranded somewhere.
- If I could not check my smartphone for a while, I would feel a desire to check it.
If I did not have my smartphone with me:
- I would feel anxious because I could not instantly communicate with my family and/or friends.
- I would be worried because my family and/or friends could not reach me.
- I would feel nervous because I would not be able to receive text messages and calls.
- I would be anxious because I could not keep in touch with my family and/or friends.
- I would be nervous because I could not know if someone had tried to get a hold of me.
- I would feel anxious because my constant connection to my family and friends would be broken.
- I would be nervous because I would be disconnected from my online identity.
- I would be uncomfortable because I could not stay up-to-date with social media and online networks.
- I would feel awkward because I could not check my notifications for updates from my connections and online networks.
- I would feel anxious because I could not check my email messages.
- I would feel weird because I would not know what to do.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Monday, November 06, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017
Seven minutes of good sense from the European Parliament. It's worth listening to. With Spanish subtitles
PS: Deception means "engaño" in Spanish, not "decepción", which is disappointment.
It is a false friend which the translator clearly missed
Monday, October 23, 2017
A new edition of the Seville European Film Festival is coming up! Watch films in English and in other European languages, in the original version and with digital quality (mostly at the Nervión Plaza cinemas), at the SEFF. Don't miss a good opportunity to see and hear a selection of quality European films and improve your language skills either by listening to films in English (with Spanish subtitles) or by reading the English subtitles of films in other languages. It is good value for money (a student pass allows you access to 15 films for only 20€!). Come and enjoy the festival's international atmosphere. See you there :)