Besides the obvious personal implications for Alden and his fellow middle schoolers, my mind is popping with all sorts of other contexts ... for my therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist colleagues: similar self-paced, interactive video, private & blissfully personal learning for those elements of recovery, wellness, illness management, psycho-ed, family supports, healthy relationships. And then saving precious face-to-face time for deeper applications -- wrangling troublespots, making it real with loved ones & groups, finding tailored sweetspots unique for a person or relationship.
Certainly has relevance for all my trainings. We're so locked into an expert training or facilitating a group of participants through content and exercises, whether live or tech-fancy remote. And sure we have eLearning, but imagine tossing those boundaries. Offering spaces of time, with instructions like "go watch these videos and then these times we'll play together with the concepts."
People want engagement, conversation, discussion, "relationshiping" over getting expert content poured into their heads, now more than ever. TED itself has proven the utter bliss that can be offered in 20-minutes (honestly, the limits to my attention span anyway). The Kahn Academy just propels it to so many cool new horizons.