Sal Khan is a huge contributor to the worldwide phenomenon of free educational resources. It all began in 2004 when he started tutoring his niece through a digital video platform. Sal Khan saw a need to fill the gaps in student’s education, and in 2006 on advice of a friend, posted his first recorded “micro lesson” to YouTube. In 2009 the Khan Academy became a full time venture for Sal as a non-profit online education institution. Since 2009, the Khan Academy has ballooned to a multi-million user platform that spans the world. Sal’s dream of providing access to free world class education to everyone has been realized.
The idea of the micro lesson is the foundation behind the success of the Khan Academy. Each lesson is roughly 10 minutes long and use a variety of visual aids and verbal lecture to produce a simple yet accurate learning style. The Khan Academy was arguably the first mainstream free video learning tool. It’s emergence on YouTube in 2006 was pioneering for the time, gaining views alongside videos of feline antics and practical jokes. Today lessons from the Khan Academy can be found right alongside mainstream education, from formal classrooms to home computer screens, helping students all over the world. The Khan Academy is a milestone representing the progress to open learning. I’m sure we’re all familiar with it as a household name which only further signifies how far reaching it is. The Khan Academy lessons confirm how successful open resources can be, one huge step forward for open access education.
Visit the Khan Academy here: https://www.khanacademy.org