XanEdu Introduces Breakthrough Digital Publishing Solution for the Executive MBA Market

“Folio-x” enhances the teaching and learning experience by delivering custom course materials with greater value, flexibility and freedom FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 25, 2010 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. – XanEdu, the leading faculty-preferred provider of custom course materials and textbooks, announces Folio-x, a digital solution that contains of a collection of innovative digital product enhancements.  XanEdu Folio-x enables students and educators more convenience and greater usefulness when producing and using XanEdu custom course materials. XanEdu is introducing the new solution this week to the Executive MBA (EMBA) market at the EMBA Council 2010 Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC Canada October 24-27, 2010. “Folio-x takes the publishing and distribution of custom course materials to a new service level by combining the best standard features from XanEdu’s existing digital portfolio of products with new features such as the XanEdu iPad app, device-neutral delivery, and advanced highlighting and note taking into a single solution,” said Tyler Steben, Vice President, Custom Publishing at XanEdu Publishing, Inc. “XanEdu Folio-x includes more than just the XanEdu iPad app that we recently announced.  Our solution gives EMBA students new freedom to use and manage their digital course materials in the same way that they interact with traditional print versions.  XanEdu enhanced PDF files enable students to organize materials, highlight or take notes, and share them with classmates.  They can be read and accessed on any device that accepts PDF files or has Adobe Acrobat Reader. No plug-ins required, students own the content forever, and material may be transferred to any handheld device.” XanEdu plans to upgrade existing EMBA customers to the Folio-x platform beginning in...

XanEdu to Discuss Initial Results of Nationwide iPad and Kindle Tests in MBA Classes

XanEdu’s session at the EMBA Council 2010 Annual Conference will help programs evaluate the future of tablet adoptions FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 22, 2010 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. – XanEdu, the leading faculty-preferred provider of custom course materials and textbooks, today announced that the company will discuss preliminary findings of classroom tests conducted across the country to determine the feasibility and market readiness of handheld devices for content distribution in the higher education space.  The session, titled: “Are E-Book Readers and Handheld Devices Ready for EMBA Prime Time,” will take place on October 25, 2010 at 1:15pm and 2:30pm CT at the Executive MBA Council’s 2010 Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC Canada. Tyler Steben, Vice President, Custom Publishing at XanEdu Publishing, Inc. will co-present on a panel with Janice Dolnick, Director, Boston University EMBA and Phillip Sanchez, Director, UT Dallas EMBA. Together, they will share the results of class tests conducted this fall with the Kindle and the iPad. “Our panel will examine the practical and logistical issues related to deploying learning materials in new digital formats, and pedagogical issues that arose while doing so,” said Steben. “The collective experience from the perspective of program directors and a custom course materials vendor will offer unique insight to the audience.” Conference attendees will be looking for best practices in hopes of preparing their Executive MBA Programs for the future and staying ahead of the technology curve. Top of mind will be issues related to convenience and cost-effectiveness of digital publishing solutions. Steben adds, “This session is meant to convey real-world lessons learned and discuss frankly what worked well and...

XanEdu and NYU Stern conduct large-scale iPad testing in MBA classes

XanEdu expands iPad rollout to include test activity in over 50 classes this fall. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 20, 2010 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. – XanEdu, the leading faculty-preferred provider of CoursePacks and custom textbooks, has partnered with New York University Stern School of Business to conduct its first program-wide test of Apple iPads this fall. Instructors will use the XanEdu CoursePack Management System to publish materials that students will then be able to access on iPads. Last month XanEdu announced its iPad CoursePack publishing program as part of the company’s strategic technology plan. XanEdu’s iPad app feature set will be driven by input from hundreds of students participating in XanEdu’s fall 2010 class tests.  Key features include digital note taking, collaboration tools and integration into popular learning management systems on campus. “For over 10 years, XanEdu has developed its digital publishing products based on input and feedback from our customers,” said Tyler Steben, Vice President Custom Publishing, XanEdu Publishing, Inc.   “Broadening our iPad activities to include a larger number of classes at NYU Stern helps ensure that the XanEdu iPad app will provide the best experience possible for students.” Students will be asked to provide feedback through usage logs, surveys and focus groups. As part of its commitment to leveraging technology to enhance the learning environment, NYU Stern’s IT group was seeking new models that support its mission.  A recent survey conducted by the program revealed that roughly half of students use an iPad or iPhone, which made this new effort a strategic choice. Kim Corfman, Vice Dean for MBA Programs, notes: “At NYU Stern we are...