In recent weeks I visited a large eLearning conference in San Diego, where Sal Kahn, founder of the Kahn Academy, was a keynote speaker. Sal Kahn is a truly amazing and inspirational leader, who has made the unlikely transformation from a hedge fund analyst to a visionary educational specialist. His story is a truly remarkable one. While helping out his cousin by teaching her with his own method for long distance education, Sal Kahn developed a new and revolutionary method of teaching. What started with a few instruction videos for his cousin grew into a complete not-for-profit educational institution with worldwide impact, that has attracted significant funding from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and from Google. One of the main principles behind the Kahn Academy is the fundamental principle that the accumulation process of knowledge should not be time constrained per unit, but focused on the achievement of certain knowledge milestones. In his words: compare the building of knowledge with the process of building a house. Imagine that you would split the work in different phases: building the foundations, the ground floor, the second floor and the roof. Now imagine that you commission the work to a contractor who has three weeks to build each block, starting with the foundation. After that time you examine the work and if it is 60% completed or more, you move on to the next level. Again, a fixed time contract with no escape. If the builder gets ill, the weather is bad, or the suppliers are slow to deliver the material, you do not give them more time, but you examine the work again and move to the next level if it is 60% completed or more. You can imagine that for some contracts, completing the roof will become a challenge as the foundations are not laid properly. The house might collapse. That is what we seem to do in our current education system. The Kahn Academy tries to provide a solution for that by making the learning building blocks modular and self-paced. Also, the knowledge steps can be taken over and over again until the student has grasped the full concept (in Kahn’s experience, some perfect A students have taken some videos 15 times and more). In a normal teacher-student relationship this would surely lead to embarrassment of the student and possibly to irritation by the teacher. In this method it is perfectly okay and very helpful for some students. I was very impressed with Kahn’s revolutionary system. Since he plans to work with schools and not in competition with them, the Kahn Academy builds tools that help teachers and instructors to get analytics and progress measurements on student performance. Hopefully, schools and colleges will be able to embrace some of the great new methods and learnings that come from the Kahn Academy. Across the globe, his learning method has attracted keen followers, from Mongolia to Africa. With new technology, teachers in many countries are enabled to create new ways to teach children. So what is the link to ReadSpeaker ? Well, speech-enabling elearning content means that these blocks of content become available as audio files. They can be loaded to a portable device and listened to repeatedly. Or they can be listened to and read on the laptop, tablet or PC. No need to record anything. Special teacher notes can be speech-enabled, so additional tutoring can be provided without additional recording or processing. ReadSpeaker-enabled lessons and tutoring notes can be building blocks as Kahn’s video lessons. Listening to them over and over again, possibly with the synchronized highlighting of the text, helps those that read with difficulty to understand texts better and more profoundly. In this way, ReadSpeaker can possibly help to build the learning foundations, so that the knowledge house will not collapse if it reaches the top floor. By the way, the conference was hosted by Desire2Learn, a fast-growing eLearning company with a tightly integrated suite of products that provide a seamless experience for creation, delivery and management of courses, allowing users to collaborate and connect around content and activities. Its suite of products transforms the learning experience for its 8 million users.