BBC Learning English has provided opportunities for user participation and online community building since its launch in 1996. These opportunities take several forms and have developed and evolved to meet the needs of our learners as well as responding to technical limitations and new developments over the past ten years. Comments boards and student-teacher blogs are examples of the way in which we use new technologies to uphold the BBC core value of keeping the audience at the heart of everything we do. We are currently investigating ways of using new technologies for uploading user-generated audio and video content, as well as establishing a presence in non-BBC areas such as Facebook, Twitter, and Second Life, in order to keep our learning community fresh and dynamic.
About the Authors
Catherine Chapman has a BA in Communication Studies, CTEFLA, DELTA and M.Ed. in Educational Technology and English Language Teaching with Manchester University (UK). She has taught EFL, EAP and IT skills in several countries, worked in ELT management and has developed web-based ELT/EAP materials projects in institutions including Istanbul Technical University (Turkey) and Newcastle University (UK). She works as an ELT Writer for BBC Learning English.
Paul Scott has a BA in Psychology, an MA in Media Management and a Diploma in Online Teaching Methodologies. He was one of the founding members of BBC Learning English and is the editor of the website.
A recording of this presentation at the WiAOC may be seen at [http://home.learningtimes.net/learningtimes?go=1563011].
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