Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The future of education? How can we bring it into a college setting?

YouTube - Authors@Google: Salman Khan:
"Salman Khan spoke to Googlers in Mountain View, California on March 15, 2011 about Khan Academy: A World Class Education to Anyone, Anywhere.

Salman Khan is the founder and faculty of Khan Academy a not-for-profit educational organization. With the stated mission 'of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere', the Academy supplies a free online collection of over 2,000 videos on mathematics, history, finance, physics, chemistry, astronomy, and economics."

Here is their Video Lesson on PE ratios.

I guess I am not sure on the grading, but it is a really cool concept...and in a way what we are doing in SIMM.  For instance I do almost no lecturing in the class and people are at very different levelso sskill with the betetr people mentoring the others.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A good video is better than a bad lecture. The problem is the underlying assumption that teaching and learning is a pacive, visual process.

If these resources free up lecturers to concentrate on interaction and dialog in their lectures, then I'm all for them.

But really they are just (very well done) content resources. Useful certainy, but hardly deserving the hype that surrounds them.