It all started with Khan only wanting to help tutor his 12 year old cousin, Nadia, in math by using a service called Yahoo Doodle Images. A while later, Khan’s other cousins started using his initial tutoring service.
What’s most profound about the academy is that it is entirely free and the organization is committed to keeping it this way because the academy’s mission is to provide a free, world-class education for all people everywhere.
The goal behind the organization is to empower coaches of all kinds to help them have a better understanding of their students and children and if they are struggling or far ahead of the class.
Khan academy was founded in 2008 by Salman Khan in very humble and real roots. Salman was born in New Orleans to and Indian mother and Bangladeshi father. He has degrees from MIT and Harvard and was a former hedge fund analyst.
Unlike the traditional classroom, students using Khan academy can self-pace through material as well as scaling material based on student progress.
The coach, who can be a teacher, tutor, parent or a peer-tutor is able to track student-progress and make suggestions for the student according to his or her progress report. The academy works as a great tool for flipped classrooms, personalized learning and blended learning.
Khan academy adopts the SAMR model which is concerned with exploring how technology can be incorporated in a classroom.
Now let’s break down the model to have a better understanding of it and see how Khan academy and UMAMI share a similar goal and methodology when it comes to education.
Traditional lectures are replaced with video-based content.
at UMAMI we believe in the impact and power of the shift Salman did towards a relatively different horizon in the learning process. Why? Because we acknowledge that a traditional in-class program lacks interactivity and reciprocation of information between the instructor and the learner. Thus, we enrich our e-learning solutions using unprecedented tools that engage the learner throughout the whole learning process. That in turn, help leaners better absorb the educational material presented to them.
The academy allows self-paced learning as it scales material according to student needs. It also provides tools that track the progress of students making it easy for them to pick up where they left and besides that, it grants the coaches the access to track their student’s progress in order to know where they stand in each stage of the learning prosses. Which is exactly what UMAMI does, the learner/trainee can study at his or her own pace and the instructor and the training and development manager have access to the learner’s scores and progress which enables them to measure the company’s KPIs and students’ success rate down the road
The three station-model explained. Divide your class into 3 groups, each group picks a lesson to watch at Khan academy. Later, the group moves to an instructor-based lesson that explains the same subject they previously watched. Then, the final station ends with students collaborating with each other to get assignments and activities done based on that lesson. The mechanism behind this model is to flip classrooms, meaning, instead of students sitting passively in the class listening to the teacher explaining the lesson with little interaction and then go home to work on their homework. This enables the teacher to use the classroom as an environment to walk his students through their assignments.
Students can enjoy learning from hundreds of teachers, not just the one they have in class. The video-based lessons support the in-class ones through added guidance and practice. In addition, Khan academy is translated into several languages other than English which makes it easier to reach students from all over the world who can actually benefit from the offered educational material. UMAMI on the other side pays attention to the little details that can produce a big difference for the learner, we significantly put into consideration the different accents and dialects inside every language as well as the culture, race, ethnicity and fashion sense of the learning group in order for them to feel more connected to the content in spite of it being created elsewhere.
Khan academy is an educational organization that produces lecture-based short videos on over 5000 different subjects. The academy does not only serve students but also educators through providing them with problem practices and exercises that further enhance the learning process for everyone.
Finally, a worth mentioning insight, it was found that users of Khan academy produce a higher positive effect in learning math than other groups. In fact, students who use the academy had an average increase of 10 percentage points in math which is double the score produced by the traditional programs