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Khan Academy

/ 20 Apr 2020

Khan Academy

The nonprofit Khan Academy started out in 2008 as a series of tutoring videos that Salman Khan, then a young hedge-fund analyst, put on YouTube to help young cousins who were struggling with mathematics. 

Today, the popular online learning site offers 10,000 classes for students in every grade and in most major subject areas, including math, science, computer programming, grammar, history, art history, economics and more.

More than 18 million learners worldwide use the site each month, studying in more than 40 languages, including Arabic. The site also has educational materials to support teachers, tutors and parents, and it offers free test-preparation lessons for the SAT and nearly a dozen other high-stakes tests used in college and graduate school admissions.

In response to the novel coronavirus pandemic and the widespread closures of schools, the academy recently created suggested schedules to help parents and teachers ensure that students keep learning at home. The schedules include online and offline activities.

“We started with the idea that parents are overwhelmed right now,” Salman Khan, himself the father of three homebound pupils, told Forbes magazine. “There are one billion children around the world who are suddenly out of school,” he said. “We’re a stopgap.”

Types of Courses and Programs:

Khan Academy’s classes are mainly for students in grades one through 12. However, it has courses to prepare students to pursue higher education. 

There are three main categories on this platform: learners, teachers and parents.

How Does it Work?

This platform provides lessons in the form of YouTube videos, practice exercises, and other resources.  A personalized learning dashboard allows learners to master key concepts at their own pace before moving on to more challenging content.

Costs and Financial Aid:

All the courses on Khan Academy are free and available to anyone with an Internet connection.

Ease of Use of the Platform and Visual Style:

The layout of the website is easy on the eye and straightforward. After signing up, users can find courses by using a search bar or browsing a page that lists courses by category. The course page, however, is confusing to some users, perhaps because of the density of the information presented there. User-friendly apps for iOS and Android devices are available.

Academic Disciplines and Subjects Included:

The courses topics are weighted toward the STEM subjects—science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The math courses alone fill two columns of the course page, ranging from early math and arithmetic to AP Calculus and differential equations. There are also courses in history, art history, government and politics, grammar, storytelling, macro- and microeconomics, finance and capital markets, and test prep. The site also provides videos that discuss topics like careers, personal finance, and the college admissions process.


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