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XanEdu and McGraw-Hill Sign Deal

Bell & Howell Co. and its newest division, XanEdu (http://www.xanedu.com), have announced the signing of a comprehensive licensing and distribution agreement with McGraw-Hill Higher Education (http://www.mhhe.com), a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies (http://www.mcgraw-hill.com). Under the terms of the agreement, McGraw-Hill Higher Education will integrate XanEdu products and tools into its textbooks and Web sites.
 
XanEdu delivers premium online content and courseware products to college students and educators. Its focus is course-centric and curriculum-aligned, and is designed to provide extensive customization tools. According to the announcement, XanEdu offers access to over 3,500 full-text publications and millions of cross-relational curriculum materials, along with hundreds of thousands of original works.

Ed Stanford, president of McGraw-Hill Higher Education, said: "XanEdu's exceptional content and sophisticated search protocols make the company's products valuable and important for our customers. Their ease and convenience of use bring a value-added dimension of customer convenience and support. We look forward to a productive and exciting partnership that will provide a range of exclusive advantages to the higher education community."

McGraw-Hill will make new CoursePack, CasePack, and LitPack products available to its faculty customers and will offer customized online versions for use with specific textbook titles. XanEdu's CoursePacks enable professors to create customized, copyright-cleared reading materials to supplement coursework or serve as core course resources. Educators can select from hundreds of CoursePacks based on standard subject curricula, developed by XanEdu's editorial team and subject experts. CasePacks support both undergraduate and graduate business studies and provide a broad selection of cases from leading developers. XanEdu LitPacks support a range of literature studies and offer a combination of literary works, scholarly articles, and contextual materials, much of which is not available in electronic form from any other source.

All XanEdu CoursePack resources will be available to university faculty through McGraw-Hill's PowerWeb, an online service that accompanies several of the company's textbook titles, and McGraw-Hill's PRIMIS Online, an online database for print or electronic delivery of core course content. Faculty will also be able to access custom products built on PRIMIS Online via McGraw-Hill's free course-management platform, PageOut.

Source: Bell & Howell Co.



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