“In the first iteration, let’s say you teach gender studies at U.C. Berkeley. You could put up your own videos, exercises, and everything you want for the class. Plus, you could leverage all the tools we have – a dashboard, analytics, reporting tools – and you could create your own island for your own class."
Eventually, the site will serve as a highly curated repository of educational videos – those considered valuable by Khan and his team.
“The deal will be, you can use our tools if we can put your stuff onto our noncommercial public domain,” Khan said. “We don’t know how it’ll turn out, but we suspect there will be some amazing things put up."
And rather than big buckets of random videos, Khan hopes the site will house, for example, “the definite course on technology,” which might be a combination of a few different people’s content.
“We have all these fancy tools and modules we’re building that are just supporting my videos. Why can’t it support someone who’s teaching a different language, or quantum physics, or gender studies,” he said. “We want to expose our tools so that everyone can use them to help kids learn at their own pace,” he said.
But the curation part of this effort is key. Though there will be a “Wild West part that someone can dig through if they’re in the mood,” he said the designated subjects will be heavily curated.
Khan will also hire a few new teachers and expand the topics of coverage to go beyond his specialties in the STEM field and into the arts and humanities. Stay tuned to hear who these personalities might be.
The most recent influx of cash came from the $5 million donation from the O'Sullivan Foundation. Khan has also received funding from other sources: Reed Hastings, founder of Netflix donated $3 million; Scott Cook, co-founder of Intuit, and his wife donated $1 million; Google last year donated $2 million; and Bill Gates has donated more than $5 million in total over the last few years, Khan said.
And now with this new crowd-sourcing project, the 3.5 million unique visitors every month is poised to explode.