Khan Academy is an educational non profit web-site created by Salmon Khan in 2006. It aims to provide free world-class online education courses in a variety of subjects to anyone, anywhere in the world. The web-site features thousands of educational resources and over 5,000 micro lectures which are stored on you-tube. Courses are vast and cover subjects ranging from Cosmology and Mathematics to Art History and Finance. It is an impressive web-site having delivered to date over 300,000,000 to around 10,000 students per month. The focus of the site seems to be towards home schooling and of course additional support out the school.
The design of the site is quite attractive and simplistic. It uses a white background and black and navy font with links at the top and side. It is very easy to navigate. There are screenshots and videos on the pages as well as info-graphics and diagrams. It has a very informative style.
What I like about the site is the vastness of the range of courses on offer and of course the fact that it is free. There is a really friendly feel to the site, and very easy to use. There are a lots of supports available. Browsing on the site with the mobile phone is very user friendly to. The courses are all very neatly divided in to subject area with clean lines and lots of space. Their is no clutter on the web-site with good use of font colour too. Only your e-mail is required to subscribe.
This is a type of web-site that I think is very worthwhile. In today’s world of Social Media and marketing on these sites for profit, Khan Academy is a breath of fresh air. It provides free education to those of us who may not be in a position to pay for it. In the times we are living I’m sure there are a lot of people around the world who appreciate and are grateful to Khan Academy.