Toronto-based Top Hat, a teaching and learning platform for higher education, has acquired Morton Publishing Company, an independent press headquartered in Englewood, Colorado that specialises in scientific educational content.

The acquisition includes more than 600 lab and course materials that are being converted into customisable digital courseware on Top Hat’s platform which will have interactive elements such as videos, simulations and interactive homework questions. Morton Publishing Company content is used at more than 1,500 US institutions.

Joe Rohrlich, chief executive of Top Hat, said: “We have worked closely with Morton’s team as a partner and now as part of the Top Hat platform to deliver modern student-centred learning experiences. We have been incredibly impressed with Morton’s commitment to going above and beyond for their customers. By coming together as one team, we will be able to facilitate creative, meaningful, and purposeful ways for even more students to learn the information and skills they need to succeed.”

David Ferguson, president and chief executive of Morton Publishing, commented: “To be in a position to be acquired is a remarkable achievement. Since Doug Morton founded our company over 40 years ago, Morton Publishing has prided itself on working with our authors to offer a dynamic catalogue of products focused on delivering tools for active learning with sensible prices for students and instructors. Top Hat provides us the opportunity to meet the future with solutions that will only be possible using their best-in-class digital learning platform. Morton Publishing’s acquisition by Top Hat is the perfect opportunity at the perfect time.”

East Wind acted as exclusive financial advisor to Morton Publishing.

Date published: 10 September 2021

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