Top Hat, a higher education learning platform based in Toronto, has acquired Minneapolis, Minnesota-headquartered Bluedoor, an independent press that specialises in educational content for higher education. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

The acquisition includes more than 400 labs and course materials used by over 500 authors. Top Hat stated that these materials will be converted into digital courseware on its platform and infused with interactive elements for virtual and in-person classrooms.

Bluedoor produces publications for science disciplines and says its content is used at more than 400 US institutions which TopHat will convert into interactive digital courseware.

Mike Silagadze, founder and chief executive of Top Hat, said: “Bluedoor has a stellar reputation as an expert in educational content for the sciences. Our partnership has evolved into a perfect fit for Bluedoor to join Top Hat and strengthen our market position in the science disciplines. We are excited to work as one team to empower educators with the tools and content they need to easily and effectively encourage and support student outcomes.”

Bluedoor chief executive Jon Earl added: “At Bluedoor, our focus has always been on empowering educators with flexible high-quality content. By joining Top Hat and transforming our content into interactive digital courseware on its all-in-one platform, we can enable more educators to deliver their courses effectively and bring active learning to life for their students.”

In February, Toronto-based Top Hat announced it raised US$55 million in Series D financing to drive the shift from traditional textbooks to digital interactive course materials. The company is working with print publishers like Fountainhead Press to transform their print-only content into interactive digital courseware.

Prior to the acquisition of Bluedoor, Top Hat acquired the Canadian domestic higher education textbook business from Nelson, Canada’s largest educational publisher.

Date published: 27 August 2020

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