Every week Barbara Kuczun Nelson ’68, associate professor of Spanish, receives thank-you notes from her students.
Lots of thank-you notes.
Over the past 10 years, thousands of e-mails have arrived from grateful students in more than 285 countries and territories—even the Vatican. These aren’t Colby’s international students, though Nelson has taught many of them over the years. These are the students she reaches through her popular Spanish language-instruction Web site, spanish.language & culture with Barbara Kuczun Nelson.
Just how popular is it? Consider los numeros.
- Of the 18.5 million pages viewed on Colby’s server in the fall semester of 2008, 4.9 million were views of Nelson’s site.
- Of the 26 percent of Colby’s Web traffic generated by Nelson’s site, less than 1 percent comes from within the Colby network.
- Of the 28 countries and territories that haven’t yet discovered Nelson’s site, eight don’t have access to the Internet. Give them time.