khan Academy - Rationality series?
post by Goobahman
Does the LW community think it might be a good idea to approach Khan Academy about including a series on Rationality, based on some of the LW sequences?
Khan Academy already has a great reputation as a centre for learning, and has large amounts of traffic going through it. Perhaps we could take advantage of that?
What would be the pros and cons?
How would we go about doing it?
Has anyone made a video series of any of our sequences that we could offer?
It sounds like this is a really good idea that just hasn't seen action yet. I'd actually really be interested in helping make this happen, and whilst I probably personally lack the skills to do it all, I'm sure that between the contributors here we have enough contacts/expertise to put something forward.
If you'd be interested in being a part of this please message me your email address, and I will look into making a team who can put some resources into making this happen.
And keep the comments/suggestions coming. They're providing me with great direction in terms of how to go about this.
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comment by Dreaded_Anomaly ·
2011-12-12T04:00:43.624Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
A specific proposal:
There is already a video introducing Bayes' Theorem in the probability section, and a similar example is addressed in another video. This could be expanded greatly; possible topics include the odds formulation with likelihood ratios, updating, a discussion of priors, and Bayesian inference. (The last one might be better off as a series in the statistics area instead.)
We can also aim for more than just video lectures, although that would be a very good start. Khan is developing adaptive software which randomly generates exercises and tracks the student's progress with the concepts those exercises test. Creating such exercises for Bayes theorem would help people develop an intuitive understanding of how to use it, far beyond what they could get out of just watching the videos.
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↑ comment by jpulgarin ·
2011-12-12T08:39:29.275Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
Creating good exercises for traditional concepts that form the building blocks of rationality is probably the best way to go about this. Once you've shown that you can create engaging exercises, and have formed relationships with people at Khan Academy, your suggestions will have more weight and you can create more experimental type exercises. Sal can only create about 10 videos a day, and the requests he gets from teachers using Khan Academy in actual classrooms (or from the people giving him funding) probably trump those he gets from people on a rationality blog.
For anyone reading this who wants to create an exercise teaching Bayes' Theorem, first read the Github Wiki. You can also get help from Khan Academy employees and volunteers in the HipChat room.
I'm an ex-intern at Khan Academy (who worked quite a bit on the exercise framework) so feel free to email me any questions or to get me to look at your pull request. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
comment by lukeprog ·
2011-12-12T09:28:11.408Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
I got far enough along on trying to make a Khan-academy-style rationality video myself to track down the best software to use for what I wanted, bought a drawing tablet, and wrote a script for the first episode. But now I won't have time to do it.
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