Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, explains that the aims of online education don't differ much from those of traditional learning.
Universities don't provide education. They provide contexts through which education can be attained. Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, argues that the key to online learning is to take ownership over your own education. By investing yourself in self-learning and creating your own learning context, you can easily replicate the sort of education available at a university.
From a personal tutoring service for his young cousin, Salman Khan's company Khan Academy has grown exponentially into a massive, global, online engine for learning.
From a personal tutoring service for his young cousin, Salman Khan's company Khan Academy has grown exponentially into a massive, global, online engine for learning. As part of Big Think's collaboration with Singularity University on Exponential Leadership, Khan explains here how his hobby grew into something that has changed the face of education on an unprecedented scale.
At Khan Academy, we talk about turning it into a global, one-world classroom.
At Khan Academy, we talk about turning it into a global, one-world classroom. And in our mind what that is, is you have our videos that cover pretty much anything that someone wants to learn about. You have the exercises, you get feedback, and you get analytics and reports and data on how you’re doing. And we leverage that. So imagine a world in which students, instead of just having to be in a classroom where you can teach each other, are able to teach each other across physical boundaries.
So I’m in New York and I’m having trouble with negative numbers, you’re in Calcutta, and you know negative numbers. We’d have to work out the time zone, but let’s pair up. We could do IM, we could do chat or eventually we could do a Skype session where we can actually have a real tutoring interaction. I imagine this will work not just for kids, but learners all over the world. They could be 80 years old. They use Khan Academy videos and software as their first assessment, their first exposure to information, but then they have each other to really get them to wherever they want to go.
Salman Khan is an American educator and founder of the Khan Academy, a free online education platform and not-for-profit organization. He has produced over 2200 popular videos elucidating a wide spectrum of concepts, mainly focusing on mathematics and the sciences, in his home. His official channel, 'Khan Academy' has, as of March 2011, attracted more than 45 million views.