News Update :: Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Contracts, Deals, Awards

Wiley, Microsoft to Publish Texts for Higher Education Market

Scientific and academic publisher John Wiley and Microsoft Learning announced a “strategic partnership” to publish “Microsoft Official Academic Curriculum (MOAC)” textbooks and e-learning tools to the higher education market.

Under the terms of the deal, Wiley will develop and publish new higher education titles for the release of Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Office System 2007. Bonnie Lieberman, senior vice president for Wiley Higher Education, said the textbooks would “deliver a compelling teaching solution to instructors.”

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U. Alberta Makes Deal for eLearning Conferencing Tech

The University of Alberta said it is acquiring a platform to add synchronous content to its electronic learning offerings. The university said it made a deal to implement Elluminate Live! throughout its campus on the Sun Microsystems platform. This will allow the institution to add live content to distance learning programs in its education, nursing, community health, and business disciplines. Alberta vice provost Paul Sorenson said the “area of online synchronous communication is rapidly evolving.”

Alberta associate CIO Marika Bourque called the technology “one of the tools that can be used in a number of areas other than teaching, such as research collaboration and campus-wide help desk support.” The Elluminate features voice-over IP and Web conferencing technologies.

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