XanEdu Expands Offering to Include Daily Desktop Updates to Its CoursePack Line


  XanEdu's CoursePacks+ Brings Breaking News Into Higher Education Courses -
          Making the Everyday World Part of the Learning Experience

    ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- XanEdu, a division of Bell and
Howell's Information and Learning (NYSE: BHW), in keeping with its aim to
offer students and professors the most relevant and up-to-date curriculum
available in post-secondary education, announced today it will be offering
CoursePacks+ -- aligning the XanEdu ReSearch Engine and CoursePack products.
This combination allows for a mix of authoritative, instructor-selected
material and a constant up-to-the-minute feed of related material making it
possible to integrate breaking news immediately into classroom discussion and
analysis.
    XanEdu offers students and professors unprecedented desktop access to
journals, periodicals, newspapers, original works and case studies.  Primary
source and archival content help professors teach smarter and students learn
more efficiently. Included in XanEdu's product line are customizable
CoursePacks and the XanEdu ReSearch Engine -- which, when combined together
form CoursePacks+, make XanEdu's course materials not only rich in content,
but as up-to-date as possible.
    "This marriage between our ReSearch Engine and CoursePacks products puts
timely, targeted information into the classroom immediately," said XanEdu's
General Manager Lew Gossage. "It is another example of how XanEdu makes
learning a continually informed process. Instead of using a static textbook,
with CoursePacks+ students are able to see daily how the real world is
relevant in their courses."
    To create CoursePacks+, each product is bundled with a discipline from the
XanEdu ReSearch Engine. For example, a CoursePack+ designed for a class on an
analysis and discussion of the U.S. versus Microsoft, would contain the core
materials the professor builds for the class, and would also be updated on a
daily basis with relevant news updates in the form of articles from
periodicals (dailies/weeklies/monthlies).
    "CoursePacks+ offers students a perfect balance of historical content with
new developments to make learning come off of the page and into the
curriculum," Gossage said.
    There are currently more than 125 CoursePacks+ titles available in a
variety of disciplines. XanEdu expects that by April over 500 additional
subjects will be available in business, humanities, social science, education,
nursing, science and more.

    About XanEdu
    XanEdu is a division of Bell & Howell.  It publishes online course
materials for the higher education market, helping faculty teach smarter and
students learn smarter.  XanEdu also has amassed one of the largest commercial
and scholarly archives of journals, periodicals, newspapers, books,
dissertations and academic collections -- second only to the Library of
Congress in terms of volume. XanEdu partners include: the American Association
for History and Computing; Blackboard; Blackwell Publishers; Britannica;
Convene.com; Current History; eCollege; Embanet; INSEAD; Richard Ivey School
of Business at The University of Western Ontario; Kaplan; John F. Kennedy
School of Government at Harvard University; NACRA; Phi Theta Kappa;
SMARTHINKING; Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International
Management; and WebCT plus partners with leading authors nationwide.
http://www.xanedu.com

    About Bell & Howell Information & Learning
    Information and Learning, a business unit of Bell & Howell, is a global
leader in collecting, organizing and distributing value-added information to
faculty, researchers and students in universities, libraries and schools in
more than 160 countries. Information and Learning is the leading aggregator
and access provider of articles and information contained in periodicals,
newspapers, dissertations, out-of-print books and other scholarly collections
from more than 8,000 publishers worldwide. An extensive and growing archive of
periodicals, journals, newspapers, dissertations and other sources of
information is available online through ProQuest(R), on CD-ROM, microform,
print and other media. Complete details are available at
http://www.bellhowell.infolearning.com .

    About Bell & Howell Company
    Bell & Howell Company (NYSE: BHW), headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI, is a
leading information solutions and services provider to industries worldwide.
In each of its businesses, the company transforms information through software
and services, helping its customers operate more efficiently and effectively.
Additional information on Bell & Howell Company can be found at
http://www.bellhowell.com .

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CONTACT: Ingrid Ellerbe of XanEdu, 800-218-5971, ext. 6172 or
lellerbe@xanedu.com; or Lara Woelfle of Fleishman-Hillard,
202-828-9758 or woelflel@fleishman.com, for XanEdu