It has been pretty fascinating to watch the Khan Academy videos infiltrate thousands of math classrooms, almost without a second thought. And while Khan has impeccable academic credentials, I’ve always wondered why lecture videos have been so revolutionary. Audrey Watters at HackEducation.com has the same feeling. In a long, thoughtful post from last year, but still relevant now, she outlines her concerns. Here is the one that resonated most with me:
Worth a read. Because, on some level, this question brings to the forefront two key components of librarianship: instruction and collection development. Twenty years ago, the Khan Academy videos might have been a library purchase, vetted by local collection development policy. Huh.