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Khan Academy Delivers 100,000 Lectures Daily

kdawson posted about 4 years ago | from the soup-to-nuts-to-linear-algebra dept.

Education 213

eldavojohn writes "Working from the comfort of his home, Salman Khan has made available more than 1,500 mini-lectures to educate the world. Subjects range from math and physics to finance, biology, and current economics. Kahn Academy amounts to little more than a YouTube channel and one very devoted man. He is trying to provide education in the way he wished he had been taught. With more than 100,000 video views a day, the man is making a difference for many students. In his FAQ he explains how he knows he is being effective. What will probably ensure his popularity (and provide a legacy surpassing that of most highly paid educators) is that everything is licensed under Creative Commons 3.0. He only needs his time, a $200 Camtasia Recorder, an $80 Wacom Bamboo Tablet, and a free copy of SmoothDraw3. While the lecturing may not be quite up to the Feynman level, it's a great augmenter for advanced learners, and a lifeline for those without much access to learning resources."

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213 comments

Youtube? (-1, Troll)

ustolemyname (1301665) | about 4 years ago | (#32713368)

torrent plz. kthxbi

Re:Youtube? (4, Insightful)

rtfa-troll (1340807) | about 4 years ago | (#32713802)

Is it possible to ask that just a bit nicely???

Is there a place where I can get the videos without a flash wrapper? It would be really appreciated? If not, would someone be willing to set it up so that this Kahn guy doesn't have to spend his time doing it? If not, does someone have 20TB or so of space and a really big connection so I can set up torrents for this.

I mean the guy's obviously put quite a bit of effort into this.. the effort to write a bit more tha.... oh get off my lawn :-)

Re:Youtube? (1)

Stooshie (993666) | about 4 years ago | (#32714298)

He did say "plz". :-)

Re:Youtube? (4, Insightful)

wisty (1335733) | about 4 years ago | (#32713814)

Torrents would be good if you were in a place where youtube was blocked ... like about 1/4 of the world's internet users.

can't resist (5, Funny)

meekg (30651) | about 4 years ago | (#32713372)

KAHHHHHHN !!!!!1!

Re:can't resist (0, Troll)

Twide (1142927) | about 4 years ago | (#32713412)

KAHHHHHHN !!!!!1!

Resistance is futile.

Re:can't resist (2, Funny)

PatPending (953482) | about 4 years ago | (#32713602)

KAHHHHHHN! [khaaan.com]

Re:can't resist (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32713618)

I'm looking forward to khaaan.xxx

Re:can't resist (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32714406)

Typo. It's Khan.

Re:can't resist (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32714974)

Typo. It's Khan.

Actually, if you listen very carefully to the intonation in Kirk's scream, you'll hear he puts the "a" before the silent "h" ... although some scholars argue this is merely due to an errant glob of spittle.

s/Kahn/Khan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32713378)

C'mon. The link is to KHANacademy.org, and it's still titled KAHN?

Re:s/Kahn/Khan (3, Funny)

fishexe (168879) | about 4 years ago | (#32713658)

You forgot your trailing slash. And you want us to think you actually use sed. Come on.

Re:s/Kahn/Khan (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 4 years ago | (#32713758)

I wonder what sed would do in that situation.

1) Nothing?
2) You'd get an error message?
3) Something really bad and unexpected (but that with hindsight makes sense, if you really think about it) would happen?

I think 2 is unlikely, and I'm not going to risk it.

Re:s/Kahn/Khan (1)

dylan_- (1661) | about 4 years ago | (#32714532)

I wonder what sed would do in that situation....I'm not going to risk it.

$ sed s/khan/kahn tmp.txt
sed: -e expression #1, char 11: unterminated `s' command

I'm not sure exactly what you expected could go horribly wrong just using sed! (Not that this should be a general rule for trying out different commands)

Re:s/Kahn/Khan (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | about 4 years ago | (#32714552)

It would be number two. GNU sed will actually tell you that you didn't terminate your 's' command correctly. Older seds will just say something like "garbled command".

Re:s/Kahn/Khan (1)

martenjanderuiter (633890) | about 4 years ago | (#32713864)

Nope. Gp forgot to include the starting colon. :s/Kahn/Khan has the desired effect in vi*.
* YMMV. This post is not intended to ignite the flamefest known as the vi-emacs schism.

Re:s/Kahn/Khan (1)

fishexe (168879) | about 4 years ago | (#32714244)

* YMMV. This post is not intended to ignite the flamefest known as the vi-emacs schism.

Which is small comfort, as I think you and I both know the road to schismatic flamefests is paved with good intentions.

Re:s/Kahn/Khan (1)

Jurily (900488) | about 4 years ago | (#32714364)

You forgot your trailing slash. And you want us to think you actually use sed. Come on.

Congratulations, you just pointed out a syntax error in pseudocode.

Hey I used him to learn partial derivatives (5, Interesting)

NotSoHeavyD3 (1400425) | about 4 years ago | (#32713388)

It was just personal curiosity since I had heard of it but boy, he was so straight forward about it I understood very quickly. The guy deserves his success.

Re:Hey I used him to learn partial derivatives (1)

MoeDumb (1108389) | about 4 years ago | (#32714170)

Re your sig: And if one DID drag them under the bridge a cry would immediately go up: "There goes the neighborhood!" (Pace, mods. I kid because I love.)

Re:Hey I used him to learn partial derivatives (1)

The Hatchet (1766306) | about 4 years ago | (#32714982)

Agreed, I was having problems with a few small subjects in advanced calculus three, and not only did he make it easy to understand, he went much deeper in depth and really helped me a lot. This man is a hero, at the very least. hopefully people join him in other subjects and make it even greater.

Tip for kdawson (4, Funny)

andy1307 (656570) | about 4 years ago | (#32713390)

Kahn = Jewish

Khan = Muslim

Re:Tip for kdawson (2, Informative)

EvanED (569694) | about 4 years ago | (#32713416)

Khan = Muslim

Or a genetically-engineered Indian [memory-alpha.org] .

Re:Tip for kdawson (4, Interesting)

fishexe (168879) | about 4 years ago | (#32713634)

Khan = Muslim

Or a genetically-engineered Indian [memory-alpha.org] .

Or a Genghis.

Re:Tip for kdawson (3, Funny)

JanneM (7445) | about 4 years ago | (#32713492)

Kan = Japanese

Can = beer coming right up

Re:Tip for kdawson (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32713526)

kann = German

kant = German

kan = kant

Re:Tip for kadwson (2, Funny)

Qubit (100461) | about 4 years ago | (#32713586)

I, for one, I think that kadwson is doing a fine job with his spelling in these articles.

Re:Tip for kdawson (1)

shri (17709) | about 4 years ago | (#32713616)

Time for a movie quote... "My name is Khan and I'm not Jewish"

Re:Tip for kdawson (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32713624)

Khaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!!

- Kirk

Re:Tip for kdawson (3, Interesting)

value_added (719364) | about 4 years ago | (#32713648)

Kahn = Jewish

Khan = Muslim

Last I checked, "Muslim" was recognised as neither an ethnicity, nor a nationality. But don't get that in the way of trying to make life simple for yourself or others.

Salman Khan, IIRC, was born in New Awlins, and his parents are from some province in India. Someone else can add to that if they're so inclined.

Either way, he's an amazing guy. The word would be a better place if there more "Muslims" like him around. ;-)

Re:Tip for kdawson (3, Informative)

Third Position (1725934) | about 4 years ago | (#32713750)

TFA says:

Khan's mother is from Calcutta; his father was a pediatrician from Bangladesh. His parents divorced when he was 3, and his father died when he was only 13. By high school, he was growing up in a New Orleans suburb with a hardworking single mother and a fiercely protective elder sister.

Re:Tip for kdawson (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32713820)

Kahn = Jewish

Khan = Muslim

Last I checked, "Muslim" was recognised as neither an ethnicity, nor a nationality. But don't get that in the way of trying to make life simple for yourself or others.

Salman Khan, IIRC, was born in New Awlins, and his parents are from some province in India. Someone else can add to that if they're so inclined.

Either way, he's an amazing guy. The word would be a better place if there more "Muslims" like him around. ;-)

Last I check, neither Jewish or Muslim were either an ethnicity nor a nationality. They are both religions.

Re:Tip for kdawson (1, Informative)

kasimbaba (1813770) | about 4 years ago | (#32714292)

Check again. Jewish is an ethnicity.

Re:Tip for kdawson (3, Interesting)

xigxag (167441) | about 4 years ago | (#32713896)

In his FAQ, Khan says about his religion, "If you believe in trying to make the best of the finite number of years we have on this planet (while not making it any worse for anyone else), think that pride and self-righteousness are the cause of most conflict and negativity, and are humbled by the vastness and mystery of the Universe, then I'm the same religion as you."

In other words, he's an atheist. ;)

Re:Tip for kdawson (1)

andy1307 (656570) | about 4 years ago | (#32714764)

You don't think it's important for kdawson to at least get his name right?

Re:Tip for kdawson (1)

blackraven14250 (902843) | about 4 years ago | (#32713690)

So, are you saying Genghis Khan was a Muslim?

Re:Tip for kdawson (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32713892)

Or if you want to be US Politically Correct and legally safe

Kahn = Good Guy
Khan = Bad Guy

Remember that the US Supreme Court has ruled that just talking to a terrorist means you have provided 'material support' under the terms of the US Patriot Act. Thanks, Chief Justice John Roberts and all the principled members of COngress and Executive.

http://original.antiwar.com/henderson/2010/06/27/supreme-mediocrity/

Better be safe than sorry.

Re:Tip for kdawson (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32713970)

Kahn = Jewish

Khan = Muslim

Can't be a Jew - if he was he'd have found a way to make money on this.

Re:Tip for kdawson (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 4 years ago | (#32714458)

Kahn = Jewish

Khan = Muslim

Caan = Rollerball / Dragons' Den.

'Feynman' level? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32713398)

When people stumble out of his lectures looking like they've been hit by a bus, then he'll have reached the 'Feynman' level. Right now IMHO he's already doing a better job of addressing normal students.

Re:'Feynman' level? (4, Interesting)

moteyalpha (1228680) | about 4 years ago | (#32713692)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Feynman_Lectures_on_Physics [wikipedia.org] Feynman is astounding and had a natural grasp of the science. One of the strangest things I learned was that there is a 100 volt per meter field [wikipedia.org] everywhere on the Earth.
I have viewed some of the videos at Kahn Academy and it is nice to see worked out examples as this is the best way to teach. Simply stating the relationships doesn't ever seem to help me.
Like programming, I have to write something before I really understand what it means. if("Khan"=="Kahn"){P=NP;kdawson=editor}

Re:'Feynman' level? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32713730)

A testimonial from the Khan academy home page. "My eldest kid is dancing around in my room here because she is so excited that she finally found someone that teaches like this."

I've listened to both Khan and Feynman and I found Khan way better.

Re:'Feynman' level? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32713906)

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Everything Old is New again (5, Insightful)

KarmaOverDogma (681451) | about 4 years ago | (#32713420)

I think this is a very interesting way of bringing and old, maybe ancient, method of teaching back to the fore again.

If I recall correctly, Socrates taught by answering questions and encouraging new ones, not just spouting knowledge according to a set curricula, like we do today.

If used well, this strikes me as having a real impact for learning, and teaching, in a more natural way. I for one would love to see more of this kind of thing going on and being acknowledged as a legitimate and effective way to teach and learn.

I wish him and the viewers all the best.

Re:Everything Old is New again (0)

Loomismeister (1589505) | about 4 years ago | (#32713662)

Professors today also teach by answering questions and encouraging new ones, as well as spouting knowledge according to a set curricula. Much like what Socrates would and should have been doing.

Re:Everything Old is New again (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32713740)

not just spouting knowledge according to a set curricula

What tended to happen in my classes was the opposite. The teacher would constantly ask questions designed to engage, despite the fact that everyone was too cool to answer them. After a few cricket chirps, the prof would just answer the question, write a few things down, and ask another one. You'd think college classrooms wouldn't feature that, but as someone who left and came back when I was a bit older, that's what I witnessed.

I'm actually left wondering how a series of video lectures could claim to be more interactive than a real classroom, even a bad one. :P

But this reminds me, if you're into CS at all and dig nontraditional teaching, check out The Little Schemer. I'll bet a fair number of people here would also recommend it. It's pseudo-socratic in that everything is either a question or an answer, but the really neat thing is that all definitions are given after the examples, which is great for programming constructs since sometimes even the examples are abstract.

Re:Everything Old is New again (1, Offtopic)

fwarren (579763) | about 4 years ago | (#32714330)

I was between jobs and attened a community college for a year. For the most part, what a waste of time. I found any "Dummies" or "Learn xxxx in 24 hours" or "Learn xxx in 30 days" book better than the textbooks the college used. It seems like they had a plan

1. Collect a tuition
2. Sell you a "text book"
3. The textbook is a bit of reading, then homework and a test.
4. The instructor was there to a) Repeat in Class what was in the book b) answer questions for the slower students about homework assignments c) grade homework.
5. Move at such a pace that after reading, writing, testing on a topic, in 2 weeks you could not remember what you had done.
6. Believe you had master of a topic even when you got 3 out of 10 questions wrong. (The guy who is wrong 30% of the time gets the same degree as the guy who is only wrong 2% of the time).

In my "vocational" CIS degree course work I had an instructor who only knew what Microsoft has told him to believe. And Instructor who said the book sucked but would not talk about anything that was NOT in the book. It was fustrating talking to a man with 30 years experience who would not tell me anything useful.

It was a total waste of time. I did not realize college was paying someone to verify I answered questiosn correctly to prove I read a chapter and a final test to prove I learned something. Maybe it is because I am 43 and not 19. But I KNOW if I have learned anything or not, I don't need 30 distracting questions for some to grade. I need to "apply" what I have leanred. Since I knew more than the instructors on many of the topics, and anytime I had a question they either did not know the answer to it, or dodged it, I was paying $75.00 a credit hour for a proctor to score my work not an instructor to teach me anything useful.

Examples:
10 weeks to learn how to install Windows Vista and set up printers and file sharing.
10 weeks to learn how to install Windows Server 2008 and set up DHCP, DNS, printers and file sharing
20 weeks to learn how to run Visual Dev Studio, and write a small application with variables, loops, subroutines and can open and read a text file.

I can lean more on any of these topics in 10 weeks of reading Slashdot than what I learned in class. I will never fear going up against a college graduate who graduated from the local community college.

I am all for anyone who will explain things the way I think and record it and put it up on Youtube. Especially since you can actualy email them anything you dont' follow or have a question about and there is a possibility or receiving some feedback.

Re:Everything Old is New again (1)

Fred_A (10934) | about 4 years ago | (#32714450)

10 weeks to learn how to install Windows Vista and set up printers and file sharing.

*Weeks* ?

I've never installed Vista, much less set up printers and file sharing, having never used Windows as a server (more of a Unix guy) but I'm fairly sure it wouldn't take me 10 weeks.

I'm pretty confident most casual users could do it in a couple hours by poking around a bit.

Re:Everything Old is New again (1)

repapetilto (1219852) | about 4 years ago | (#32714716)

Eventually it boils down to knowing how other (expert) people figure things out... once you know enough to do that any class will be pointless besides any philosophical aspect people can argue about. Still everything is set up so that it is usually in your advantage in the long run to pay for that piece of paper. Think about societies perspective, there is a reason for it whether right or wrong.

Re:Everything Old is New again (2, Interesting)

Dialecticus (1433989) | about 4 years ago | (#32713966)

If I recall correctly, Socrates taught by answering questions and encouraging new ones, ...

By modern standards he would most likely have been labeled a troll. After all, aren't trolls using a form of Socratic irony to spur debate?

Re:Everything Old is New again (3, Informative)

wmitty (160207) | about 4 years ago | (#32713998)

If I recall correctly, Socrates taught by answering questions and encouraging new ones, not just spouting knowledge according to a set curricula, like we do today.

Socrates was unusual then and now in that he tought by asking questions encourage his students to think for themselves and discover answers on their own.

While what Khan is doing is great and praisworthy, it is not the Socratic method.

Re:Everything Old is New again (1)

TheTurtlesMoves (1442727) | about 4 years ago | (#32714096)

Socrates wasn't teaching engineers or doctors, etc.

Would you be happy with a doctor working on you, that never asked about spleens 'cus they are boring... when operating on your spleen.

When you complete a course, you are supose to have some minimum level of "competence" in the subject. Not just know more than before.

Re:Everything Old is New again -- But why? (2, Interesting)

popo (107611) | about 4 years ago | (#32714400)

When I read stories like this though, I'm forced to ask the question: Why lectures?

For me, studying from hypertext is infinitely more effective. I can pause whenever I like, check additional sources, cross-reference, backtrack, etc.

Personally, I think the hypertext is the greatest educational medium ever created. Universities clearly prefer lectures for a variety of (I would say) self-interested reasons. But unless you simply learn 'better' from spoken dialogue -- which is fine -- I think lectures are a very dated medium which are difficult to edit, expand upon and randomly access.

Access to lectures is great. I'm glad Kahn is doing this. But IMHO the true educational power of the web exists in the web's original, native medium: Hypertext.

Re:Everything Old is New again (1)

dargaud (518470) | about 4 years ago | (#32714608)

If I recall correctly, Socrates taught by answering questions and encouraging new ones, not just spouting knowledge according to a set curricula, like we do today.

Yes, but that worked on a one to one basis. If you apply that to a roomfull of students you'll facepalm yourself with the stupidity of most questions and just waste your time.

Re:Everything Old is New again (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32714908)

Not, sure if this is like this everywhere you go, but my psychology courses were all taught in this method and I of course learned a lot. Most of the other classes I took outside of it were not. Go figure?

Gee I wonder who could've posted this one (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32713424)

Original article: 70k views per day
Original Slashdot submission: 70k views per day
Front page post after editing: Over 100k views per day

Stay classy, kdawson.

Re:Gee I wonder who could've posted this one (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32713502)

too bad there's no "douchebag -1" mod

Re:Gee I wonder who could've posted this one (2, Interesting)

blackraven14250 (902843) | about 4 years ago | (#32713698)

Deliberately editing the submission to exaggerate a number by that much is messed up. I can see increasing 95k to 100k for the sake of simplicity, but seriously, 70k to 100k?

I wish... (5, Informative)

spiffydudex (1458363) | about 4 years ago | (#32713440)

I had knowledge of this site sooner. My Linear Algebra professor was horrible at giving lectures.(I wasn't the only one who thought so) After reviewing some of the linear material, Khans videos are helpful even after several weeks of summer. In fact the videos on the Gram-Schmidt helped explain what I completely missed the first time.

I congratulate you Khan for your hard work to help educate the people of the world. I know it will serve me well in the upcoming year.

Re:I wish... (3, Funny)

TheTurtlesMoves (1442727) | about 4 years ago | (#32714102)

So you passed linear algebra, but fail at google foo? ;)

Re:I wish... (1)

MoeDumb (1108389) | about 4 years ago | (#32714186)

Khan ought to get a life........ time achievement award!

Does he tech Klingon? (3, Funny)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | about 4 years ago | (#32713466)

Does he tech Klingon?

Re:Does he tech Klingon? (5, Funny)

jcwayne (995747) | about 4 years ago | (#32713474)

No, but he do tech English.

Re:Does he tech Klingon? (2, Funny)

noidentity (188756) | about 4 years ago | (#32714772)

Be easy on the guy; he's a native Romulan trying to improve his relations with Kingons, sheesh.

Spell it correctly. Its Khan. (5, Informative)

MasterOfUniverse (812371) | about 4 years ago | (#32713478)

not kahn.

Re:Spell it correctly. Its Khan. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32713494)

mod parent up!

Re:Spell it correctly. Its Khan. (1)

fishexe (168879) | about 4 years ago | (#32713654)

not kahn.

Somehow, they managed to spell it right in the link url but wrong in the text, every single time. Amazing.

Re:Spell it correctly. Its Khan. (2, Funny)

blake182 (619410) | about 4 years ago | (#32713762)

not kahn.

It's KHAAAAAAAAN!

Re:Spell it correctly. Its Khan. (0, Offtopic)

gopla (597381) | about 4 years ago | (#32714430)

There was a recent Indian movie which revolved around the name Khan. Its called 'My name is Khan'.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Name_Is_Khan

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1188996/

And all Khans are not terrorists

Gopla

Slashdot QC Fail, but Thanks Anway (2, Informative)

VoxMagis (1036530) | about 4 years ago | (#32713540)

Would have been nice if they had spelled the name right. My GOD, KDawson didn't even have to do anything like actually verify or read the site to review, he could have just looked at the two links in the damn summary.

Still, I had heard inklings of something like this somewhere before, but never hunted it down. Thanks for providing it. As someone that came to a mind-boggling late interest in actually learning any real math, I may have found a place to spend some serious time.

Thanks so much to Mr. Khan - a noble and important effort to drag those of us in dark ignorance into some level of glimmer.

Khaaaaaaaaaan!!!!!! (4, Funny)

lennier (44736) | about 4 years ago | (#32713550)

From Youtube's heart I vlog at thee.

Well, then... (0, Offtopic)

djupedal (584558) | about 4 years ago | (#32713552)

...can we get this guy to take a few weeks out of his regular schedule to please teach the fundamentals surrounding iPhone development so the tidal wave of bone head questions on the dev forums can be brought down...just a little...thanks.

Re:Well, then... (1)

Lobachevsky (465666) | about 4 years ago | (#32713910)

Wouldn't it go against the non-profit ethos to advocate a for-profit dev platform?

Re:Well, then... (1)

saihung (19097) | about 4 years ago | (#32714206)

No. That tidal wave will never stop rolling in, bringing in wave after wave of new responses to three-year-old posts, all saying "I am having this problem too, please email me at isuckdonkeys@aol.com with solution."

Instructional Design (4, Informative)

BlueBoxSW.com (745855) | about 4 years ago | (#32713562)

In addition to the things listed above, he obviously has a pretty good grasp of instructional design principles.

I watched a couple videos, and has either studied it or learned from trial and error somewhere along the line.

Let us not forget this important glue that holds together solid instruction of any kind.

Re:Instructional Design (4, Informative)

RichMan (8097) | about 4 years ago | (#32713706)

> and has either studied it or learned from trial and error somewhere along the line.

It is explained in the FAQ which is linked from the slashdot summary that he uses the youtube time profile of the videos to refine the process.

Also doing an Masters in EE/CS will usually get you a fair amount of time in front of a class doing the problem solving sessions if not actually lecturing for the undergrads. That is a lot of practical trial and error in the teaching process.

Last name wrong. Not 'Kahn' (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32713614)

It's Khan, not Kahn, a world of difference, please get it right slashdot eds. This is a geek site with attention to detail.

Re:Last name wrong. Not 'Kahn' (1)

Fex303 (557896) | about 4 years ago | (#32713808)

This is a geek site with attention to detail.

Well, you got the first part of that statement right...

not for everyone (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32713702)

"The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere."

except in china or wherever youtube is blocked

pumpkin love 3 it ain't easy! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32713718)

any channels on youtube for helping me preserve pumpkins where one hole is carved? they don't last a long time but I want an army of pumpkin love which does not rot.

It's kinda sad... (4, Insightful)

Maestro4k (707634) | about 4 years ago | (#32713742)

That the first thing I thought when I read he licenses it all under Creative Commons was "Bet ASCAP would be pissed about that".

But this is a wonderful thing he's doing, kudos to him and I wish him luck. Will have to check out some of his lectures sometime.

Re:It's kinda sad... (3, Funny)

CoolGopher (142933) | about 4 years ago | (#32713792)

That the first thing I thought when I read he licenses it all under Creative Commons was "Bet ASCAP would be pissed about that".

Am I the only who reads that acronym as Ass-Cap?

Re:It's kinda sad... (1)

laejoh (648921) | about 4 years ago | (#32714348)

Yes, Not even goatse himself would read that as Ass-Cap!

Re:It's kinda sad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32714836)

Is there another way to read it?

Took some time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32713752)

.. but done them all.
Ask me anything you want!

Re:Took some time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32714924)

What year did Napoleon abdicate?

"he explains how he knows he is being effective" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32713760)

His FAQ claims that the key indicator for his effectiveness is individual people telling him he is being effective.

This sounds more like a humanities than an orthodox economics assessment of labour productivity.

Someone explain Khan Academy web app (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32713786)

Please explain Khan Academy web app

oh, and if anyone has pictures of Khans wife, I'd like to see

Damn Trekkies. . . (1)

saisuman (1041662) | about 4 years ago | (#32713930)

. . . it's "KHAN", not "KAHN".

PoV of Maths Faculty (3, Interesting)

kipling (24579) | about 4 years ago | (#32714122)

I work at a University, teaching Maths across many levels.

Khan's screencasts are nice - patient demos of how to do standard calculations. They are fairly traditional in some ways - 21st century chalk+talk.

They are mostly useful for the "what to do" as even these contain enough of the "why" to put it in context.

They complement what we do in formal classes, so we are happy to informally refer students on to them.

PoV of Maths Degree. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32714870)

So can I get a degree from this "Kahn" Academy?

w00t (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32714124)

hmm maybe I can pass trigonometry now with khans help

Increase in number of views (1)

Nofip (1174643) | about 4 years ago | (#32714410)

"With over 100,000 video views a day" I'm not sure, but I'm guessing that slashdotting will increase that number quite a bit.

Thank you! (4, Informative)

Some1too (1242900) | about 4 years ago | (#32714740)

I can't say that enough! As an older person who was returning to university your mathematics and physics exercises and videos were a life saver! I truly appreciate all the hard work and effort you've put into your educational materials (website, videos, lessons etc). They helped me immensely and I don't doubt for a second they will continue to do so when I finally begin my full time studies in September. It's people such as yourself that really help make a positive difference in our world. You're inspirational, thank you and keep up the excellent work. One last time: Thank you, thank you, thank you. Some1too.

FAQ - How can you help? (4, Informative)

asadsalm (647013) | about 4 years ago | (#32714892)

From the site:

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How can I/you help?

The biggest thing is getting the word out. The students who use the site seem to really get excited by how quickly and deeply they can learn from it. Right now (5/2010), there are about 200,000 students using the site per month; no reason why it shouldn't be 20 million!

If you like to code or work on user interface design, you might be able to help on the Khan Academy applications which we are doing as an open source project [google.com]
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