Online Learning Update

December 11, 2011

Online Learning, Through the Khan Academy

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am


In Monday’s New York Times, Somini Sengupta reports on the Khan Academy, a program of math and science lessons developed by Salman Khan that has become a YouTube hit, attracting up to 3.5 million viewers a month. This fall, at least 36 schools across the country are using software to try out Mr. Khan’s lessons in the classroom, combining traditional teaching with computer-based lessons and exercises. The classroom programs are subsidized by more than $16.5 million in donations from the likes of Bill Gates, Google, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the O’Sullivan Foundation. Critics say the lessons are simply rote learning in high-tech dress. But the popularity of the programs on YouTube have inspired interest in Mr. Khan’s approach; professors at Stanford University have borrowed his methods to offer a free online class in artificial intelligence.

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