August 11, 2010

Khan Academy wants to become the world's first free, world-class virtual school where anyone can learn anything--for free

A few days ago, in a comment to this post, Peter Damoc said the following: "The best thing I found recently regarding education is the Khan Way. Basically, a series of movies should be created to explain the concepts and then have the kids go through the moves and learn the concepts by themselves."

I had a look at the website of the Kahn Academy and to a wikipedia page about it. Then I viewed a few videos. The Kahn Academy is an initiative by one person, Sal Kahn who made all the videos you'll find on the site. His ambition is to make Khan Academy the world's first free, world-class virtual school where anyone can learn anything--for free. I think this is a wonderful and admirable initiative. Let me know what you think!


Here is, by way of example, a video.

Here's the Youtube channel.

2 comments:

  1. A very important video to watch is the one regarding his vision and social return.

    The web application described there is one amazing tool. If someone with big moneys get behind it and turns it into a game with Experience Points and Class specialization, Professions, kinda like World of Warcraft, then this could be insanely successful. Also, this could be approached in the spirit of Kaizen and be continuously improved by monitoring feedback (like it is already described in the video).

    Another view I have of Khan Academy is from a Science-Fiction point of view. In the Stargate universe, the humans try to decipher an learn about the knowledge of "the Ancients". This process is a bypass of tests and experiments done by an entire civilization, they only access the fruit of their labor, the knowledge acquired. This is a way to quickly progress from a technological point of view. Now, a site like Khan Academy together with Wikipedia could represent such a "Knowledge database" that could be used by a much lower civilization to quickly advance. We don't need a far away civilization, countries in Africa could benefit tremendously.

    Now something for to think about Coert: Could you design a course for Solution Focused in this format? Do you see the value of people learning in such an environment about SFC? What information will you put there? In which order? Would it be treelike (trunk+branches)? How would the exercises that evaluate the understanding would look like?

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  2. Thanks Peter. I also thought about whether wikipedia might use stuff and technology like this. Maybe it could.
    As for my contribution: I don't know, maybe.

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