John Wiley has reached an agreement with TED, the nonprofit specializing in spreading discussions on technology, entertainment, design and other subjects, to produce instructional material for TED Studies, 21 collections of curated discussions aimed at the school market and organized under academic subject categories. The Wiley/TED instructional content will be offered for free along with TED video content via iTunesU, and other content outlets.

TED Studies integrates TEDTalks, the daily video podcasts of TED’s best discussions and performances, to create classroom coursework and Wiley is commissioning materials from a variety of specialists that will accompany the TED Studies content. The TED Studies will feature a sampling of debate on key issues, essays, experiements and activities tied to the topics of TEDTalks.

Logan Smalley, director of TED-ED, the TED education unit, said “our goal is to provide teachers with innovative, engaging resources that can be used to supplement curricula and bring lessons to life.”

Among the topics and academics involved are Psychology: Understanding Happiness with professor Cary Cooper from the Lancaster University Management School; Linguistics: Exploring the Evolution of Language with professor John Kingston of the University of Massachusetts, and Media & Journalism: Covering World News with professor Tom McPhail of the University of Missouri.

Wiley president and CEO Stephen M. Smith said, “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.”