Khan Academy Rethinking and Disrupting Online Education

Khan Academy is a disrupter education foundation not-for-profit with the goal of changing education namelly using web 2.0, social media and digital tools providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.

The founder of Khan Academy (born in 1976), Salman Amin “Sal” Khan is an American from a Bangladesh father. Khan is a disruptor and fast forward educator, entrepreneur, and former hedge fund analyst. He started Khan Academy, a free online education platform and nonprofit organisation from a small office in his home. The venture started when in late 2004, Khan began tutoring his cousin, in mathematics over the internet using Yahoo!’s Doodle notepad.

When approached by others seeking his tutoring, Khan decided it would be more practical and beneficial to distribute the tutorials on YouTube. the account was created on 16 November 2006. From that moment Khan Academy popularity on the video sharing website and the testimonials of appreciative students moved the project further. This success prompted Khan to quit his promising job as a hedge fund analyst in late 2009 to focus on developing his YouTube channel, Khan Academy, and remaining organisation full-time with the aid of his long time friend Josh Gefner.

Salman Khan founder portrait Khan Academy

Salman Khan founder portrait Khan Academy

In 2012, Time named Salman Khan in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Forbes magazine put Salman Khan on its cover with the story “$1 Trillion Opportunity”.

Khan Academy site’s resources and various digital tools and applications are broad, diverse, and from the inception available to anyone. Targeting a big and large audience of both student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, also adults returning to the classroom after years, the Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available online and free of charge. Khan Academy has been growing its digital footprint and becoming a major influential online education institution with an ambitious and regular production of online content containing both micro lectures and webinars making education more accessible to anyone with an internet connection.

Recently Khan Academy teamed up with Google team to find new ways to bring further education efforts to YouTube through a new effort called the Next EDU Gurus. Khan, an active speaker and thought leader himself has hosted as well a Google+ Hangout to discuss his philosophy and his new book ‘The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined‘.

Here is a video presentation by Salman in Authors@Google: Salman Khan

Khan Academy, has released also an iOS mobile application for the iPhone and iPod Touch, giving users complete access to its vast collection of over 7000 videos. Now, accessible in these mobile mainstream devices students will be able to reach Khan’s Academy vast resources on the go. The new released app covers a Khan’s Academy wide variety of topics, including math, science (chemistry, biology, physics…) and a new increasing focus on humanities.

The Khan Academy Black Board

The Khan Academy Black Board

In their own words Kahn Academy goal: “It is our mission to provide a world-class education to anyone, anywhere. With this in mind, we want to share our content with whoever may find it useful.”

The new launched apps have different configuration to different Apple mobile and tablet devices. The iPhone app, displays only videos. The iPad app, on the other hand, released earlier this year, allows videos to be downloaded to watch offline, has subtitles to follow along, and created some data performance based, tracking the progress and cataloging achievements.

Khan Academy subscription incorporates gamification mechanics in order to help foster learning, instead of the traditional ways and lectures . This gamification features when a new skill level is achieved, introduces a badge to the student.

Since 2006, when Khan academy was founded, Khan and his team have produced over 7,000 videos teaching a wide spectrum of academic subjects, mainly focusing on mathematics and the sciences. As of January 2013, the Khan Academy channel on YouTube attracted 530,000 subscribers, with over 226,776,362 views. 7,000 of the videos are also available in different languages, including Spanish, Urdu, Bengali, and Farsi.

Khan Academy has raised $5 million in funding. Other Khan Academy channels
Khan Academy Projects – Karl Wendt: 951 subscribers
Khan Academy Medicine – Rishi Desai: 2,950 subscribers
Lessons In Your Language: 2,801 subscribers
Khan Academy – Español: 11,871 subscribers
Khan Academy – Hindi: 1,043 subscribers
Khan Academy – Urdu: 1,136 subscribers
Khan Academy Bangla: 1,745 subscribers
Khan Academy Mandarin: 990 subscribers
Khan Academy – Portugues: 14,911 subscribers
Khan Academy-Bahasa lndonesia: 508 subscribers
(Subscribers data off January 2013)

Khan Academy for iOS