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'''The Teaching Company''' makes [[college]]-level courses from prominent [[professor|professors]] and [[scholarship|scholars]] available in recorded formats by top-ranked teachers. The courses cover a variety of disciplines. The company is based in Chantilly, [[Virginia]] and is headed by Thomas M. Rollins. Courses are available in different formats including [[audiotape]], [[CD-audio]], [[DVD]], and [[MP3]] formats. Content is pitched towards continuing [[education]], particularly for [[adult|adults]], and are often available at [[public library|public libraries]].
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'''The Teaching Company''' is a publisher offering, under the brand name ''The Great Courses'', video and audio recordings of college-level lectures.
 
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The company was founded in 1990 by Thomas M. Rollins, a former government employee, and is based in Chantilly, [[Virginia]].
The company was founded in 1990 by [[Thomas M. Rollins]], former Chief Counsel of the United States Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and a graduate of [[Harvard Law School]], who noticed the effectiveness of videotapes in learning during his study.<ref name="katebales">
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| first=Kate
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| title=Ivy League Courses for Price of a Video
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| date=February 16, 1994
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| url=http://www.nytimes.com/1994/02/16/news/16iht-videduc.html
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| work=The New York Times
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}}</ref>  He initially tried to create a government program to produce tapes for the public, but was unable to do so because of legal restrictions.<ref name="katebales"/> After leaving office the idea stayed with him and he started seeking out top professors to create courses for sale to the public, according to the Teaching Company website.<ref>Teaching Company website - ''Our history''</ref>
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Rollins persevered. He selects professors personally in many instances, and gets feedback from customers as well as members of the academic community. The ideal teacher is a recognized [[expert]] and established [[scholarship|scholar]] in a given subject area who has excellent [[teaching]] and [[communication]] skills. For example, [[Classics|classics]] expert [[Elizabeth Vandiver]] and former [[library|librarian]] is a widely-respected authority on subjects such as [[Ancient Greece|Greek]] [[mythology]] as well as [[epic]] [[poetry|poems]] such as the ''[[Iliad]]'', ''[[Odyssey]]'', and the ''[[Aeneid]]''. The Teaching Company offers several courses by Dr. Vandiver. By 2009, there were more than 300 courses with 3,000 hours of content in the following subject categories:
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* [[Business]]
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* [[Economics]]
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* [[Fine Arts]]
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* [[Music]]
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* [[Ancient History]]
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* [[Medieval History]]
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* [[Modern History]]
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* [[Literature]]
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* [[English Language]]
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* [[Philosophy]]
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* [[Intellectual History]]
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* [[Religion]]
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* [[Science]]
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* [[Mathematics]]
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* [[Social Sciences]].
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[[Image:Alexei Filippenko.jpg|thumb|right|alt=Picture of a man smiling.|[[Astronomy|Astronomer]] [[Alexei Filippenko]] teaches courses for the Teaching Company, some of which are on [[DVD]].]]
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==Professors and scholars featured in ''The Teaching Company'' courses==
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* [[Kenneth R. Bartlett]]
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* [[Arthur T. Benjamin]]
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* [[Bob Brier]]
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* [[Sean M. Carroll]]
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* [[Phillip Cary]]
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* [[Philip Daileader]]
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* [[Dennis Dalton]]
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* [[Malcolm David Eckel]]
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* [[Bart D. Ehrman]]
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* [[John Esposito]]
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* [[Brian M. Fagan]]
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* [[J. Rufus Fears]]
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* [[Alexei Filippenko]]
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* [[Sylvester James Gates]]
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* [[Steven L. Goldman]]
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* [[Anthony A. Goodman]]
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* [[Robert Greenberg]]
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* [[Allen C. Guelzo]]
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* [[James Hall (philosopher)|James Hall]]
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* [[Ken Hammond]]
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* [[Kenneth W. Harl]]
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* [[Peter H. Irons]]
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* [[Luke Timothy Johnson]]
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* [[Douglas Kellner]]
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* [[Alan Charles Kors]]
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* [[Edward Larson]]
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* [[Seth Lerer]]
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* [[Amy-Jill Levine]]
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* [[Allan Lichtman]]
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* [[John McWhorter]]
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* [[Sherwin B. Nuland]]
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* [[Joseph Nye]]
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* [[Robert A. Oden]]
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* [[Daniel N. Robinson]]
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* [[Rick Roderick]]
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* [[Robert Sapolsky]]
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* [[Benjamin Schumacher]]
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* [[John Searle]]
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* [[Jeremy Shearmur]]
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* [[Seth Shostak]]
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* [[Robert C. Solomon]]
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* [[Michael Starbird]]
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* [[Edward B. Burger]]
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* [[Jonathan Steinberg]]
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* [[Steven Strogatz]]
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* [[Timothy Taylor (economist)|Timothy Taylor]]
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* [[Neil deGrasse Tyson]]
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* [[Elizabeth Vandiver]]
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* [[Irwin Weil]]
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* [[Arnold Weinstein]]
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* [[Richard Wolfson (physicist)|Richard Wolfson]]
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* [[David Zarefsky]]
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==References==
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The Teaching Company is a publisher offering, under the brand name The Great Courses, video and audio recordings of college-level lectures. The company was founded in 1990 by Thomas M. Rollins, a former government employee, and is based in Chantilly, Virginia.