Great Title, Flawed Post – Khan Academy Enables Out-of-the-Box Approaches

Phil Hill, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Feb 27, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I had just unsubscribed from TechDirt in my RSS Reader - eventually, you get tired of reading the same thing over and over again - when I encountered this post in (the always fresh) e-literate weblog. Phil Hill cites Keith Devlin's Huffington Post article to the effect that Silicon Valley entrepreneurs "fail to recognize the equal importance of domain expertise in education." For example, one such executive was quoted in TechCrunch offering the Khan Academy as an example of innovation. But, says Devlin, "'all' Sal Khan has done is take the traditional textbook instruction and put it up on YouTube." Hill objects: "did I mention that the instruction is provided free, without typical boundaries of classroom, institution or software / publishing license? Not only that, but Khan Academy encourages its usages as components of online or face-to-face courses, combined with the appropriate pedagogical model." All very well, but there's so much more to the world of Ed Tech than Sal Khan.
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