FJU Office of Public Affairs Press    2015/6/15   
Khan Academy Collaborates with Fu Jen Corps of Critical Innovation to Promote Flipped Classroom

Khan Academy, an important non-profit educational organization, collaborates with the Fu Jen Corps of Critical Innovation (Corps of Critical Innovation, 輔大關鍵創新種子團隊) to promote the so called flipped classroom concept. The flipped classroom became a new popular philosophy of teaching in recent years because of the development of technology. Students are encouraged to watch video lectures online. Compared to the traditional method, teachers step by step guide their students to finish homework and assignments in class but taught in a different way. Rather than merely lecturing to students, the flipped classroom involves deeper discussion and more personalized guidance.

The cooperation between Khan Academy and Fu Jen aims to eliminate the spatial limits of learning. Khan Academy was founded in 2006 by Salman Khan as a platform to offer free education. Its databank consists of thousands of educational resources and teaching materials in fields such as mathematics, history, and computer science, just to name a few. Since Khan Academy approved the sharing of more resources with people around the world to promote the flipped classroom concept last year, Counselor Jian-Tu Huang and Counselor Shih-Jie Pan began to recruit students to join the translation team. Both now serve as staff members in the Fu Jen Campus Ministry Center and as mentors in the Corps of Critical Innovation.

Counselor Jian-Tu Huang revealed more details about the initiation of the translation project. Its mission is to grant local students more access to advanced learning. He added that it somehow took more time for the Corps to expand the coverage of translation at the very beginning because of a lack of new blood from other colleges.

Huang shared the good news with a Chinese publication that Khan Academy and the Fu Jen Corps of Critical Innovation recently recruited more academic partners, such as Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages and Providence University. Regardless of the above-mentioned difficulties, the Corps of Critical Innovation has accumulated 23% of the materials at the Khan databank now. “More than 170 volunteers from different fields have responded to our summons so far and continuously work on new assignments now,” he said. “This also marks the anniversary of our cooperation,” added Counselor Jian-Tu Huang.

Wei-Tse Tsai, who recently graduated from the Department of Physics, said that he heard of this project when he participated in a self-learning program in the College of Science and Engineering. “Khan Academy plays an indispensable role in improving our current education system. I want to always devote myself to its activities and translate more materials for students in Taiwan,” said Wei-Tse Tsai.

Counselor Jian-Tu Huang told a Chinese publication that the Corps of Critical Innovation plans to take on greater challenges and finish the translation of its online learning platform before the next summer vacation. In addition to translation, staff members of the Corps said that they will keep improving their standard operation procedure, and help new volunteers address various tasks.