Is Video Reinventing Education?

By Rachael Brothers

Salman Khan is the creator of the Khan Academy, which specializes in a series of educational videos that offer a complete curriculum for math and a variety of other subjects. His passion for interactive exercises, challenging teachers, and changing the traditional classroom inspired him to found the Academy. Kahn Academy offers: interactive workbooks and exercises, instructional videos, and personalized learning plans, to facilitate individual learning at the student's own pace. 

The following is a video from Salman Kahn on discussing his journey to founding the Kahn academy. In this talk he explains why students might prefer video courses over live courses and why this approach can be just as effective in learning outcomes. Local Colorado State University professors, Dr. Erica Suchman and Dr. Jenny McLean, have been doing some studies on this subject. They are finding that unlike most teachers fears, students do not view recorded lectures as an excuse to miss class, but more as a study aid to supplement classroom learning.

You can view the entire TED talk below or go to: Kahn: Let's Use Video to Reinvent Education


Ted: Ideas Worth Spreading (Producer). (March, 2011) Salman Khan: Retrieved from Let’s use video to reinvent education [Online Video].

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Erica Suchman PhD- University Distinguished Teaching Scholar Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology