Salman Khan talks at Web 2.0

Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy and online, open everything education revolutionary, talks about the reach of his online math and science resources.  Thanks to Erin Taylor of the University of Sydney for passing this my way.  If you haven’t watched, and you’re interested in the future of education, you probably should get a cup of coffee and prepare to have your mind blown (as Khan puts it, they accomplished all that he talks about with less than Harvard’s annual landscaping budget).

All I can say in response is, fellow anthropologists, where’s our Khan Academy?  I may catch flack — ‘you can’t teach anthro this way,’ or ‘we don’t need more online education’ — but I can’t help but think that we should be doing this, too.

Erin reminded me that I should have posted a link to her excellent blog on economic anthropology, material culture and her ongoing research in the Caribbean. She explains her own research:

My research interests focus on material culture, financial practices and development in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Instituto de Ciências Sociais at the Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. My project is called Haitian Difference: Religion and the Social-Material Making of Identity, and I will be using a material culture framework to examine how religion fits with a range of other cultural and economic indicators to affect the experiences of Haitians travelling between their home country and the Dominican Republic.

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One Response to Salman Khan talks at Web 2.0

  1. I absolutely agree that anthropology needs to have some very accessible, very public resources. The first threads are out there, though still apparently unwoven – groups like the Open Anthropology Cooperative, or anthropologists (student and teacher alike, as well as practicing) posting papers at and similar websites, and the creation of fun and/or educational videos and lectures is all a good start ~ but it’s not enough. Where is the central repository? Where is the mass opening of virtual lecture halls? Why are all the online quizzes (with the exception of Dr. Dennis O’Neill’s excellent stuff at Palomar CC) maintained by the textbook companies?

    I continue to believe that anthropology – in all its forms – should be the first one of the social sciences to go completely open. And I mean completely transparent. Top to bottom.

    In a related note, can we get some review of previous publications please? We seem to have a gargantuan amount of existing research that is not well catalogued or re-evaluated in existing paradigms and modes.

    Just some thoughts – thanks for the reminder. :)