Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Khan Academy's Salman Khan, Coursera founder Andrew Ng on education tech’s top challenges - Silicon Valley Business Journal

Silicon Valley Business Journal

Education entrepreneurship can be a grueling gig these days.
Just ask Salman Khan — the founder of nonprofit online education provider Khan Academy — who by 9 a.m. on Monday had already recorded eight videos for his site’s 10 million monthly users.
“I got up early today,” Khan said at The Atlantic magazine’s inaugural Silicon Valley Summit held in Mountain View on Dec. 16.
Since founding Khan Academy in 2006, Khan estimates that he has made about 3,000 educational videos. In that same period, however, the education technology market has gotten a lot more crowded; startups, universities and large education companies are all targeting online students.
Andrew Ng, the co-founder of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider Coursera, also talked ed tech at the event, which brought tech and civic leaders together to chat hot tech trends, from Big Data to e-commerce.
While largely steering clear of nagging questions about the long-term viability of predominate ed tech business models, Ng and Khan did cover other major challenges in the field, from technological accessibility to subjects not-well-suited for online learning. Those challenges are outlined here.

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