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What is Wondrium?
Wondrium brings you engaging, educational content through short form videos, long form courses, tutorials, how-to lessons, travelogues, documentaries, and more, covering every topic you’ve ever wondered about and many you never thought you’d wonder about.
To make lifelong learning and personal enrichment a fun and fulfilling experience for everyone.
To offer the most diverse, mind blowing, non-fiction learning experiences to the world.
Our Origin Story
We started in 1990 as The Teaching Company, known for creating The Great Courses, which provided college-level video courses on subjects such as history, science, and philosophy.
After 30 years and more than 20 million courses having been taken, we are excited to add new and unique content to our platform and expand to offer more experiences that fulfill the needs of all lifelong learners.
It all started when Tom Rollins, the founder of The Great Courses, was a law student at Harvard University. He was facing an important exam for which he wasn’t prepared.
Dreading the notoriously boring subject but knowing his success depended on understanding the material, Rollins obtained videotapes of 10 lectures by a noted authority on the subject. The tapes were unlike anything Rollins had experienced in his Harvard lecture halls. They were outrageously insightful, impressively thorough, and engagingly witty. Most important: They hammered home the concepts in a way that made the subject both accessible and interesting. They made learning not a chore to be accomplished but an adventure to be experienced. Tom went on to make an “A” in the course.
He never forgot the unique power of recorded lectures by a great teacher—and the way that a bright mind could ignite a passion for lifelong learning. And years later, in 1990, Rollins founded The Great Courses to share that unforgettable experience with the rest of the world.
Due to his law student experience, Rollins pursued his endeavor to ensure that The Great Courses would be taught by top college professors and leading experts in their fields, therefore, providing the highest quality of learning experiences available to the public. With this combined level of quality, The Great Courses was quickly embraced by the lifelong learning community as a trusted resource for continuing lifelong education.
Over the years, The Teaching Company grew beyond producing VHS and cassette tapes that were just focused on academic subjects and ventured into covering a range of subject categories, including science, math, economics, literature and language, history, religion and philosophy, fine arts, and music. As technology changed, The Teaching Company produced DVDs and CDs, while also further expanding to include better living, health and wellness, and how-to courses. With the advent of streaming technology, The Great Courses Plus launched in 2015, giving our Great Courses audience a video-on-demand subscription option, allowing them to access as many courses as they wished, at any place, at any time, and at the convenience of their own schedule. Now, in 2021, the range of topics is expanding, once again, to include personal enrichment, hobbies and leisure, travel, and more.
We hope you are excited to take the next step in this journey with us.
Who Is Wondrium
We are a team of passionate people who believe the love of learning can be contagious as long as you provide the right experiences. To that end, we are dedicated to collecting and creating learning experiences that you will LOVE. Get to know a couple of us!
“Content developers are every presenter’s first audience, script editor, sounding board, and advocate. I feel incredibly privileged to help these brilliant people take their content from great to mind blowing. My job gives me the chance to work with the smartest people on earth every day, and it’s incredibly satisfying to know that I’m helping these folks bring their brilliance to the world.”
Jessica D., Content Developer
“Here in the studio we are dedicated to making the experience for the on-camera presenter as comfortable as possible so that they can deliver the best performance of their material. Before they even arrive we work with the producer and graphics department to create a unique and topical set for each production. Wondrium has given us new opportunities to dive deeper into the visual creative process. It has opened up new ways to create striking and interesting visual productions that match the high level, quality material our presenters bring.”
Roberto de M., Video Production Director
We seek out only the best and the brightest professionals to guide your learning experiences. Here are a few of our engaging experts:
John McWhorter, PhD
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University
Dorsey Armstrong, PhD
Associate Professor of English and Medieval Literature at Purdue University
James Scott Bell, JD
award-winning novelist and writing instructor
Art Benjamin, PhD
Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, professional “Mathemagician”
award-winning professional photographer and a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine
We partner with the top names in video learning experiences to bring you exclusive, engaging content that you love learning from and will never forget. Here are a few of our partners:
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If you are passionate about being part of a world that wants to make learning cool again, we want you to work for us, too. Check out our current openings. If you don’t find a fit now, feel free to drop us a resume in case a future match opens up.
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Wondrium in the News
LEADING EDUCATIONAL STREAMING PLATFORM, THE GREAT COURSES PLUS, TO REBRAND AS WONDRIUM AND EXPAND NONFICTION CONTENT OFFERING FOR THE LIFELONG LEARNER
CHANTILLY, VA (April 26, 2021)--New Licensing Agreements with Kino Lorber, MagellanTV, and Craftsy add hundreds of new titles to robust catalog of over 7,500 hours of enrichment programming at launch this summer.
The Teaching Company, the nation’s leading developer and marketer of premium-quality media for lifelong learning and personal enrichment, announced today that it will debut Wondrium early this summer, the next generation of its global streaming platform, rebranded from The Great Courses Plus.
Wondrium also announced it has signed new licensing agreements with Kino Lorber, MagellanTV, and Craftsy to provide trusted informative content for the ad-free, subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service at launch. Altogether, they will help fill the service’s library with more than 7,500 hours of streaming video including award-winning, international documentary and independent films, docuseries, short-form series, featurettes, courses and tutorials. The Great Courses titles will remain available to members, along with materials from existing partners A&E Television Networks, Scientific American, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and The Culinary Institute of America.READ MORE
The Great Courses, best known for featuring the world’s leading professors and experts, has been a well-regarded and trusted resource for lifelong learners to pursue their passions and expand their knowledge of academic subjects. In 2015, the launch of the brand’s streaming service, The Great Courses Plus, opened the door for a broader audience and a new range of topics. Wondrium takes the learning experience to the next level, offering the best in entertaining, engaging, and educational content, and will provide a resource that complements people’s daily media habits, allowing them to pursue their passions, dig deeper into subjects, hone their habits, and find something they will love to learn about.
“We are passionate lifelong learners and believe that nothing compares to the feeling of satisfaction and excitement that comes with learning something new. We’ve spent the last 30 years crafting moments and experiences that have given our members those ‘Aha!’ moments. Now, we’re expanding that notion even further beyond the format factor we are best known for and diversifying our content offering to include a wider variety of resources, formats, and experiences for our members to enjoy when they want, where they want, and how they want,” said Paul Suijk, President & CEO of The Teaching Company. “We’re so excited to introduce Wondrium to the world and partner with great providers of nonfiction programming to bring our members a robust collection that both enriches and quenches their thirst for knowledge.”
Wondrium will be available across mobile, web, and connected TV platforms, including Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, iOS, and Android with the same three pricing options as The Great Courses Plus: a Monthly Plan at $20/month, a Quarterly Plan at $15/month (billed $45 every 3 months),and an Annual Plan at $12.50/month.
About The Teaching Company Creating unique learning experiences since 1990, The Teaching Company is the nation’s leading developer and marketer of premium-quality media for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. The Great Courses and The Great Courses Plus are the premier, consumer-facing brands of The Teaching Company. Delivered in engaging, expertly produced video and audio formats—in convenient online, digital, video-on-demand, and DVD formats—these carefully crafted content experiences provide access to a world of knowledge from the most accomplished experts, instructors, and storytellers. The content-rich, proprietary library spans over 1,200 titles with more than 26,000 lectures designed to expand horizons, deepen understanding, and teach new skills in subject categories such as the arts, science, literature, self-improvement, history, music, philosophy, theology, economics, mathematics, business, professional advancement, photography, cooking, personal development, and more. The Teaching Company of Chantilly, Virginia is owned by Los Angeles-based Brentwood Associates. More information can be found at www.TheGreatCourses.com and www.TheGreatCoursesPlus.com.
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