Wiley is diving head-first into the growing business of online education. The Hoboken, N.J.-based educational and professional publisher is launching DigitalClassroom.com today, a new e-learning website focused on technology.
The website offers 2,500 video tutorials and access to 50 ebooks on the latest software, operating systems, Web design, Web development, graphic design and more. Access to the site is by subscription, which will cost users $20 a month; it’s being offered at a lower introductory rate for a one-year subscription, $10 a month.
Having divested itself of its trade publishing assets, Wiley has gone through a makeover that limits its exposure to the problem of shrinking bookshelf space and opens it up to the potentially lucrative but highly competitive online education business.
In Aug. 2012, Wiley sold its Frommer’s division to Google. In Nov., it sold CliffsNotes and Webster’s to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. At the same time, the company has beefed up on the education side, acquiring online education firm Deltak.edu for $220 million in Oct. 2012. It has also formed partnerships to deliver online education tools and content. In June 2012, it partnered with BlackBoard to give students and teachers who use the BlackBoard learning management software access to digital content from Wiley’s WileyPLUS collection. The company is also experimenting with free and open source content in a new partnership with OpenStax that will bring the latter’s open source textbooks to WileyPLUS.
As for its latest move, Wiley is partnering with the American Graphics Institute, which provides professional development training programs to publishers, developers and design firms. In addition to providing access to content, the platform offers added features for groups, including creating private forums for instruction or discussion, access to instructor-only content and the ability to create tutorials.
Wiley Announces Digital Classroom – Comprehensive e-Learning Site for Video Training, Digital Books and Interactive Course Content
Digital Classroom provides online video training, e-books and tutorials covering the latest software apps, operating systems, web design and development and graphic design techniques straight from the experts
John Wiley and Sons, Inc., in partnership with the American Graphics Institute, announce the launch of Digital Classroom (www.digitalclassroom.com), a new e-learning resource that combines video training from expert instructors with a rich library of digital books published by Wiley. Whether learning for fun or looking to enhance career skills, Digital Classroom offers an extensive content library for beginners to advanced users across all types of applications. With more than 2,500 video tutorials and 50 digital books currently available, Digital Classroom is an online education and training resource for learning the latest software apps, operating systems, web design and development and graphic design techniques. Digital Classroom allows users to learn what they want, when they want it.
“People want to learn on their own terms and with DigitalClassroom.com users can see step-by-step lessons and participate in e-learning courses from their desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device,” said Barry Pruett, Vice President and Executive Publisher for Wiley Professional Development, “Whether you’re viewing a video, reading an e-book or interacting with other members of the site, Digital Classroom provides an optimal user experience and gives you the freedom and flexibility to learn the way you want to learn.”
Digital Classroom provides subscription access to thousands of videos, digital books and learning tutorials on a wide variety of topics and skill levels, all integrated with social media for sharing course progress with colleagues and friends. All of the videos on Digital Classroom are completely searchable by keyword or topic to help users find the exact answers and content needed.
“Digital Classroom users get access to the highest quality instructors for learning creative software, web design, web development and office applications,” said Christopher Smith, President of American Graphics Institute. “Everyone now has affordable access to a comprehensive e-learning environment including video tutorials, digital books and discussion groups with our educators. Whether you are learning to advance your career, to keep up with technology, or for fun, Digital Classroom provides the on-demand learning resources you need.”
The limited time introductory pricing for a monthly membership to Digital Classroom is $20 per month, or an annual membership is available for $10 per month with a one-year subscription. Digital Classroom membership benefits include:
— Access to thousands of videos, digital books and lesson files
— Available 24/7 on tablets, smartphones, notebooks and desktops
— Rapid learning results with proven methods
— Wide variety of topics and skill levels with new courses added monthly
— Learn on your schedule and pace
— Videos and e-books for learning Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, Apple, web design and development, graphic design, photography and more topics
Group rates for Digital Classroom are also available and are ideal for schools and businesses with groups of 10 or more. Digital Classroom group memberships include the regular features as well as the ability to:
— Designate instructors
— Create classes with private forums
— Add your own content including PDFs and Word files
— Invite participants and students
— Access instructor-only content
— Create tutorials
— Assign content to participants
Digital Classroom is a trusted resource and community that helps users efficiently and easily learn the latest technology applications critical to success in the classroom, expanding job skills and careers. For more information, visit www.digitalclassroom.com. For information on Digital Classroom group membership rates call 1-800-356-5016.
Wiley is a global provider of content-enabled solutions that improve outcomes in research, education, and professional practice. Wiley’s Professional Development business creates products and services that help customers become more effective in the workplace and achieve career success. It brings to life the ideas and best practices of thought leaders in business, finance, accounting, workplace learning, management, leadership, technology, behavioral health, engineering/architecture, and education to serve these communities worldwide.
Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa, JWb), has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 450 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace. Wiley’s global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company’s website can be accessed at http://www.wiley.com.
About American Graphics Institute
American Graphics Institute (AGI) provides professional development training programs and consulting services to publishers, creative professionals, design firms, marketing professionals, web designers, and web developers. For more than 15 years AGI has assisted the most prominent financial services firms, fashion companies, retail firms, and publishers use technology more efficiently to reach their creative goals and deliver their content in any format, on any device. As the creator of the Digital Classroom book series, American Graphics Institute instructors have authored more than 50 books on creative software, web design, and business tools.
American Graphics Institute has delivered training and professional development for more than 100,000 people from its offices in Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia. Founded by Jennifer Smith in 1997, American Graphics Institute is privately held and its website can be found at http://www.agitraining.com.