Khan Academy is hot stuff these days. In the past two weeks at least five people have brought it up in conversation. I first heard of it from my calculus professor this year that always includes a link to a few Khan Academy videos in the material he sends us every week. Education is definitely changing and it's going to be interesting to see how things like Khan Academy factor in.
Khan academy brings this incredible means of education to essentially anyone with access to a computer and to internet. It allows students to spend less time listening to lectures in the classroom and more time practicing knowledge and discussing things in the classroom. I've got a slower quarter this Spring and I've made a goal to watch one video a week, just like 10-15 minutes or so.
I've used Khan Academy to supplement the materials I had for organic chemistry and for some of biochemistry. It's nice to consult resources outside of what the professor provides because it helps me know that I'm not alone in what I am learning, and can also give me a different way of thinking about things than what might be presented by the professor. This is cool because then we now have a few ways to look at something, like GPCRs (G-protein coupled receptors), for instance.
I'm just beginning to explore the Khan Academy website
. In so many ways this is incredible. There is even a section with videos all pertaining to the MCAT! I think it's going to be pretty interesting to see how modes of education like Khan Academy will continue to be more integrated in to our education. There's no doubt that these forms of education are going to become more prevalent in our lifetime.