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Leading Voices in Higher Education: Salman Khan


Sal Khan is the founder of the Khan Academy, a nonprofit with the mission of providing free, high-quality education to "anyone, anywhere" in the world. A former hedge fund analyst with degrees from MIT and Harvard, Khan was helping a young cousin with math in 2004, communicating by phone and using an interactive notepad. When others expressed interest, he began posting videos of his hand-scribbled tutorials on YouTube. Demand took off, and in 2009 he quit his day job. Sal Kahn spoke at Dartmouth on Monday, April 23, 2012 @ 4:30 PM in Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center.

READ: Darmouth Now piece on Khan's lecture »


The popularity and effectiveness of the Khan Academy tools for students and teachers has attracted international attention - The Khan Academy website now provides self-pacing software and unlimited access to over 3,000 instructional videos on its YouTube channel covering everything from basic arithmetic to college level science and economics. It's the most-used library of educational videos on the web, with 4.2 million unique students per month, over 118 million lessons delivered, and over 260 million exercises completed. A growing number of classrooms around the world are using Khan Academy to help build student mastery of topics and to free up class time for dynamic project based learning.

VISIT: Khan Academy site »

WATCH: Q & A about the role of Khan Academy in the future of education »

WATCH: Sal Khan's TED talk »

WATCH: Khan on CBS' 60 Minutes »