Thursday, April 2, 2009

This Is Not an Item from The Gadfly's April Fool Issue

The Mar. 30 Guardian in Great Britain reports that Birmingham City University is offering a £4,000 one-year master's degree in Social Media.* The degree program will study Twitter and other social networking websites. Students will get the degree for learning such things as how to start a blog.

An organizer of one the Social Media courses, Jon Hickman, says:

It's very relevant and very scholarly. It's a new course, but its importance is unquestionable.

One student says the course is

a complete waste of university resources....Virtually all of the content of this course is so basic it can be self-taught.

The item ("Never Too Soon") in the Apr. 1 issue of The Gadfly about 21st Century Skills was made up. But this isn't.

* £4,000 = about $6,000

HT to the Core Knowledge Blog


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