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Wiley Partners with TED

Hoboken, N.J. (November 12, 2012) John Wiley & Sons, Inc., (NYSE:JWa, JWb), a global provider of content and workflow solutions in areas of scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly research; professional development; and education, announced today a new collaboration with TED, the non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, to create and supply instructor materials for their recently launched series of "TED Studies."

To support the demand for integrating TEDTalks into classroom coursework, TED created TED Studies 21 collections of curated talks, organized into popular academic subject areas. Wiley will commission instructor materials to accompany TED's offering to educators. These materials will be offered at no cost with TED's video content on iTunesU, and other platforms around the world.

"Combining the TEDTalks series for academia with Wiley's high-quality, customized educational materials and expertise creates a powerful new resource for effective, flexible, and personalized teaching and learning," said Stephen M. Smith, Wiley's President and Chief Executive Officer.

Commissioned from leading authors who are specialists in their academic and professional fields, the instructor materials developed for each TED Study will provide teachers with valuable curriculum content. Each set of instructor materials will include contextualizing essays, assignment questions and activities, key debates, experiments, and glossaries relating to the TEDTalks. Links to related content from Wiley and other publishers will be included for lecturers to share with students, or for lifelong learners to interact with directly.

"Our goal is to provide teachers with innovative, engaging resources that can be used to supplement curricula and bring lessons to life," said Logan Smalley, Director of TED-Ed, TED's education-focused initiative. "TED-Ed is committed to lessons worth sharing, and we are thrilled to offer these 21 collections as a new resource particularly with the perspectives of highly regarded teachers and innovators from Wiley's vast network."

The TED Studies span a wide range of subject areas in which Wiley has a wealth of content and author relationships. The first authors to join the project are:

  • Prof Cary Cooper, Lancaster University Management School and co-founder of Robertson Cooper TED Psychology: Understanding Happiness
  • Prof Tamara Sonn, College of William and Mary TED Religion: Understanding Islam
  • Prof Robin Lock and Patti Frazer Lock, St. Lawrence University; Dr Kari Lock Morgan and Dr Eric Lock, Duke University; Dennis Lock, Iowa State University TED Statistics: Visualising Data
  • Prof John Kingston, University of Massachusetts TED Linguistics: Exploring the Evolution of Language
  • Prof Jeff and Lisa Smith, University of Otago TED Education: Creative Problem-Solving
  • Prof Alex Rogers, University of Oxford TED Marine Biology: Deep Oceans
  • Prof Tom McPhail, University of Missouri, St Louis TED Media & Journalism: Covering World News
  • Prof Patricia Campbell, American Public University TED Government & Politics: Cyber-influence and Power
  • Prof Max Boykoff and Dr Kanmani Venkateswaran, University of Colorado, Boulder TED Environmental Studies: Climate Change
  • Prof Jose Oscar Mur-Miranda and Prof Ben Linder, Olin College TED Design+Engineering: Ingenuity in the Developing World
  • Prof Jeff Forshaw, University of Manchester and Dr Peter Millington, University of SheffieldTED Physics: The Edge of Knowledge
  • Prof Brian McGrath, Parsons The New School for Design and Prof David Grahame Shane, Columbia UniversityTED Urban Design: The Ecology of Cities

Several other courses and author teams will be announced over the year.


Contact: Susan Spilka

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