Yesterday, we were excited to learn of the launch of TED’s new educational platform, TED-Ed. Better still, Seso, the experience design firm founded by UCLA Extension instructor Marc Mertens, was instrumental in bringing this dynamic project to fruition. Marc will share his expertise in our upcoming summer course; User Experience Design.
The TED-Ed platform provides educators access to TED’s growing library of carefully curated educational videos, and the ability to build unique lessons around ideas. These lessons can then be tracked through unique URLs, allowing educators to individually measure the efficacy of their teaching. The TED-Ed site is an engaging new component in the educator’s tool box, and represents a forward thinking development in the continually evolving world of education.
TED-Ed has already garnered glowing praise from The Washington Post, The Atlantic, GOOD, and The Chronicle of Higher Education among others. The Atlantic calls the new platform “Big” and maybe even “revolutionary.” While The Washington Post remarks that TED-Ed uses “sophisticated animation, professional editing and high-quality production values to produce online lessons that are hard to forget.”
Check out this feedback from Marc’s former UX Design students:
“This was the best class I have ever taken, period. The subject material was really interesting and something that I can use in my career. I felt challenged, yet fully supported by Marc and the class. Out class also felt really cohesive and aligned. Awesome networking!”
“I wish Marc taught more classes! He is a great teacher, 110% knowledgeable, and really engaging. He makes a class in user experience a totally awesome user experience. I can’t thank him enough for all the advice, support and direction.”
“While he was an authority on everything we discussed, I liked that he also embraced other’s knowledge and expertise in the field.”
Apart from his upcoming User Experience Design course, you can also catch Marc at Big City Forum’s Mapping LA: Design Based Thinking, taking place May 2nd at the Armory Center for the Arts.