Karnataka govt ties up with US based Khan Academy for customized online courses

November 13, 2014

In a big push towards offering customized online courses to schools in Karnataka, the state government has tied up with US-based not-for-profit Khan Academy. 

Created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan, the academy features thousands of educational resources on its website, over 100,000 practice problems, and over 6,000 micro-lectures. 

Called the massive open online course (MOOC), it's free and offers courses in math, science, economics and finance, arts and humanities, and computing. 

Khan Academy's micro-lectures are estimated to have been watched over 468 million times. 

"So far, Khan Academy has refused to move out of the US. Bengaluru will be the first home for the academy outside the US and they will start a pilot project with us shortly," said Karnataka's IT secretary Srivatsa Krishna. A government official told TOI that the pilot project would involve 12 schools, including several leading private ones and a few government schools. "If it succeeds, it will be taken across the state," he said. 

Khan Academy will help to curate the content relevant to India and dovetail them to the existing curricula. It will help create Kannada content. "There is already a bunch of people working to create Kannada content," the official said. 

He said teachers were concerned that these courses would make some of them redundant. "But the experience has been that MOOCs don't do that," he said. 

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