AspenX is an opportunity for high school students to take a deep dive into important topics through virtual and experiential learning, and moderated in-person dialogue.  AspenX works to connect virtual learning on the Khan Academy platform with a place-based convening at the Aspen Institute.

Gathering experts in various fields to host online courses is nothing novel. Doing so in the Khan Academy style and tying those lesson sets to Institute-hosted seminars is.


AspenX connects virtual learning to place-based learning, creating the “flipped” seminar.

Through a partnership with Khan Academy, the Institute produces content about US history with lesson sets about the Founding Fathers, the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Toolbox for American Diplomacy, Computer history, and the history of jazz.

AspenX is not only high-tech but also high-touch.

AspenX is made possible through the support of Mercedes T. Bass, The Kimsey Foundation, and Gilchrist Berg.

AspenX is part of the newly launched Youth & Engagement Programs at the Aspen Institute.