Top Hat Buys bluedoor

Top Hat, a Toronto, Canada-based active learning platform for higher education, acquired bluedoor, a US independent press that specializes in educational content for the sciences in higher education.

Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

The acquisition includes more than 400 labs and course materials used by more than 500 authors. These materials are being converted into digital courseware on Top Hat’s platform and infused with interactive elements, enabling educators to bring active learning to life in both virtual and in-person classrooms.

Led by Jon Earl, CEO, bluedoor is a publisher of publications for science disciplines, and its content is used at more than 400 institutions in the United States. By converting its print-only content into interactive digital courseware, Top Hat is ensuring that educators who adopt these titles will now be able to engage and motivate students in any teaching environment, whether online or in-person, synchronous or asynchronous.

Led by Mike Silagadze, founder and CEO, Top Hat is an all-in-one courseware platform that enables active learning—a proven student-centred teaching pedagogy that promotes deep understanding, critical thinking, and subject mastery—with interactive content, tools, and activities. Millions of students at 750 North American colleges and universities use it to teach and engage with students before, during, and after class, in both in-person and online education.

In February, 2020, Top Hat raised $55M USD in Series D financing. Prior to the acquisition of bluedoor, the company acquired the Canadian domestic higher ed textbook business from Nelson, Canada’s largest educational publisher, to expand its broad portfolio of content delivered through Top Hat’s active learning platform.



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