I viewed Sal Khan’s talk on how and why he created Khan Academy which started with a very few viewers to becoming a window of learning to learners from all over the world. It’s remarkable how video based learning can result in creating an individualized and personalized instruction for each student, and shifting away from the “one size fits all” type of instruction. The students can watch videos of their subject content on their own pace, on their own time, and in “the intimacy of their own room” Khan says.
Khan mentions that one of the least appreciated benefits of watching lectures online instead of hearing them in class, is that students are spared of the inevitable question “do you understand?” teachers ask after instruction that could actually make students lose concentration when trying to grasp the concept. By simply watching the concept being taught through a video, students can watch the content over and over, pausing occasionally to reflect upon an idea and fitting it in in other ideas, which is exactly what students should be encouraged to do; to think and generate ideas rather than receiving and memorizing them.