One Bloggers Opinion on Khan Academy Statistics Videos

September 27, 2013

For those of us that have been living under a rock (myself included) Khan Academy is the latest and greatest thing to come to mathematics education. According to a recent Learn and Teach Statistics blog post “Khan Academy Statistics Videos Are Not Good.”

After viewing a sampling of the Khan Academy statistics videos, the author concludes:

“My main criticism is that the video is dull. It doesn’t provide anything more than the mathematics. But apart from alienating non-mathematical students it isn’t harmful. In fact if I had a student who wanted to know the mathematics behind the statistics, I would be happy to send them there. People have commented that my videos don’t tell you how the p-value is calculated. This is true. That is not the aim. Maybe I’ll do one about that one day, but I figured it was more important to know what to do with one.”

This is an excellent example of why pouring money into a project doesn’t automatically make it good or useful. While video teaching in itself is not a problem. Videos that are not helpful are.

Jasmine Ashton, September 27, 2013

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