Xerox Canada partners with Athabasca University to fund research into the use of technology in education



    TORONTO and ATHABASCA, AB, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - As part of Xerox Corporation's
global commitment to science and education, Xerox Canada has partnered with
Athabasca University to develop a research program focused on advancing mobile
learning and e-learning for students living in remote or rural areas of
Canada.
    Xerox has awarded Athabasca $250,000 to develop technologies for distance
education programs and to support a research chair in learning technologies.
The award aligns with the company's model of open, collaborative innovation
that supports the academic community while advancing the frontiers of
knowledge.
    "It's a natural partnership," says Dr. Frits Pannekoek, Athabasca
University's president. "Xerox is recognized internationally as a leader in
developing innovative business systems and Athabasca University is a
recognized world leader in distance education. The strategic alliance will let
both organizations grow and learn from each other."
    The research will focus on ways to use small, portable devices such as
MP3 players and PDAs to deliver courses and instructional material. Similar
research has led to the development of technologies that allow nursing
students living in northern Canada to use technology originally developed for
playing music videos to study heart monitor read-outs generated in teaching
hospitals in southern Canada.
    "Athabasca has been a trusted partner and customer for more than 15
years," says Kevin Warren, president and CEO, Xerox Canada. "This project
demonstrates how these types of long-term partnerships help build community,
as well as the future of our country."

    Secondary School support

    As part of the project, Xerox will also fund research for mobile and
e-learning applications for elementary and secondary school students
participating in the Northern Alberta rural education research project. The
project was created to help rural school districts facing declining enrolment
and small, decentralized schools that are having trouble supporting a
traditional educational model.
    The funding of the mobile learning and e-learning project at Athabasca
University is part of Xerox's overall efforts to conduct joint research with
some of the world's leading academic institutions. In 2006 alone, Xerox
Corporation made 42 grants to 31 university science programs and in the last
ten years has donated more than $15 million to over 150 different universities
around the world.

    Athabasca University - Canada's Leader in Distance Education

    Athabasca University is one of the world's foremost and fastest growing
distance and E-learning post-secondary institutions. The university serves
over 37,000 graduate and undergraduate students and offers more than 700
courses in 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees, diploma and certificate
programs. For more information about Athabasca University, visit
www.athabascau.ca.

    Xerox innovation at work

    Xerox Corporation is the world's leading document management, technology
and services enterprise, providing the industry's broadest portfolio of colour
and black-and-white document processing systems and related supplies, as well
as document management consulting and outsourcing services. This past year
Xerox was awarded the National Medal of Technology, the highest technology
award in the United States. For more information, visit
www.xerox.com/innovation.

    Note Editors: For more information on Xerox, visit http://www.xerox.com
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For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Laura Mergelas, Xerox Canada,
(416) 733-6216, laura.mergelas@xerox.com; John O'Brien, Athabasca University,
(403) 298-2931, jobrien@athabascau.ca

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