The Smithsonian is coming to a computer near you.
The composite of 19 museums and nine research centers has signed a 10-year licensing agreement with Great Courses, a division of
Some of the initial courses slated for release later this year focus on the inventors who propelled the Industrial Revolution, the universe as captured on film, and the history of iconic American artifacts, such as Abraham Lincoln’s hat.
“We are excited to help develop accessible and high-quality courses, based on the Smithsonian museums and collections, for a broad array of lifelong learners over the next decade,” said
The Washington area has emerged as a hotbed for promising education technology start-ups, part of a regional legacy that exists thanks to pioneering companies that started here and proximity to education policymakers and regulators.
But the companies are not just limited to those that deliver education to students via the Internet. The region is also home to media companies and historic institutions that provide instructional content viewed in classrooms.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
“Educators need education technology and content providers to be partners with them in creating effective lessons that not only drive high-quality digital resources into courses, but also appeal to students,” said
Discovery’s digital content will include videos, images, audio guides, problem sets and writing prompts in areas such as math, science and history, according to a news release.
Among the newer class of education technology firms is Landover-based
Last week, 2U premiered its first ever undergraduate degree program, a bachelor of science in nursing at Simmons College in Boston. The week before, 2U announced its first ever doctoral program in education at the University of Southern California.
To date, the company offers master’s degrees in partnership with a dozen different universities.