The MITUPV Exchange, begun in Fall 2000, is an online multimedia interchange between students taking Spanish at MIT (21f.703 Spanish III) and their counterparts at the UPV (Universidad Politcnica de Valencia) in Spain who study engineering and sometimes English. It is structured as a virtual university featuring categories dealing with academics, traditions, sports, extracurricular activities and social life, with text and multimedia content created by students themselves. Students from other universities in the U.S., Europe and Latin America have participated also and as of June 2007 there have been over 3000 registered community members. Emphasis is on student-created video, with content ranging from lab experiments and engineering contests to information about cities, architecture and culture. Programmed by Aimee Lee and Kathy Lee under the supervision of Bryan Che in a course taught by Professors Hal Abelson and Philip Greenspun, the MITUPV Exchange anticipated by several years social networking features popularized by Facebook and YouTube.
Region: Europe, North America, South America
MIT Department: Foreign Languages and Literature (FL&L)
Contact: Douglas Morgenstern, Adolfo Plasencia