24 Apr 2014
Using an online platform to reinvent educationTopics:
With more than 350 million lessons delivered worldwide, on everything from arithmetic and physics to history and art, Salman Khan (MBA 2003) is on a mission to provide a free education for anyone, anywhere, through his not-for-profit Khan Academy. Students young and old, in more than 200 countries, use Khan’s educational materials, available in some 28 languages.
“We don’t want to be just a cute website, but something that makes the content and tools of a world-class education available to everyone,” says Khan, who launched the site in 2011. “I believe there is a hunger for deeper learning.” Students can take advantage of the extensive library of more than 6,000 educational videos, 100,000 interactive challenges, and assessments from any computer with web access. Every interaction with the system is logged so that parents and teachers can see a student’s progress on the Khan Academy site.
“Our annual budget is equivalent to a medium-sized high school. We’re reaching 10 million students a month today and hope to reach hundreds of millions in the not too far off future,” says Khan. “The Khan Academy team and I feel blessed to be able to work on a project that can help impact so many lives.”
(Published April 2014)
Class of MBA 2003, Section D