Digital Education Space Heating up

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In collaboration with TED, a nonprofit devoted to sharing ideas, Wiley will produce TEDTalks and related digital content from experts for use in the classroom.

TED Studies, the name of the program, promises “to provide teachers with innovative, engaging resources that can be used to supplement curricula” director of TED’s education segment Logan Smalley told Publishers Weekly.

TED Studies seems to be a new component of TED Ed, a project from the nonprofit focused on education that launched in BETA earlier this year. The goal of TED Studies is to provide “a powerful new resource for effective, flexible, and personalized teaching and learning,” Stephen M. Smith, CEO at Wiley, told PW.

The new partnership is not the only big move in digital education recently. The educational publishing space has seen a rash of in-house developments and partnerships to bring technology and digital content to the academy in meaningful ways.

Just last week, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt acquired two conventional educational properties from Wiley: CliffsNotes and Webster’s. Macmillan’s technology division acquired Sapling Learning, which provides interactive software for use in STEM fields, also last week. While McGraw-Hill has a digital learning partnership program lined up for fall 2013, with an aim to make learning more valuable and learning materials more affordable. ProQuest teamed up with Texas A&M to rush 15th through 17th Century cultural research in to the digital age. And, e-textbooks from AcacemicPub will have custom multimedia capabilities in time for the spring term.

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