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Pepperdine Joins Sakai Foundation to Help Support Innovative Technology for Global Academic Community

A Community that Ensures the Most Effective Technology for Teaching and Learning

Malibu, California - March 24, 2011 -- Pepperdine University announced today it has joined the Sakai Foundation Partners Program, a worldwide organization that focuses on creating technology that enhances teaching, learning, and research globally. Pepperdine will be joining the company of Stanford University, Indiana University, University of Oxford, University of Michigan and other leading academic institutions in spearheading the way to ensure the most effective technology is available to the academic community.

"Universities like Pepperdine play a crucial role in creating the direction and leading the future development of the Sakai software and community," said Ian Dolphin, Sakai Foundation executive director. "We welcome Pepperdine as a member and look forward to continuing to enhance our collaborative partnership in building the future of the Sakai community."

On January 1, 2011, Pepperdine University adopted Sakai as its official learning management system after a 13-month pilot study. Faculty and students across all Pepperdine schools were invited to participate in the study to assess Sakai. The study found that Sakai provided the most versatile platform that fits the University's unique culture.

"Sakai has proven to be a superior match for the needs of our faculty and students," said Timothy Chester, vice provost for academic administration and chief information officer at Pepperdine University. "Since Sakai's learning management system has become an important part of teaching and learning here at the University, we are privileged to do our part and give back to the academic community."

As a partner of the foundation, Pepperdine will benefit from the opportunity to share its unique perspective on higher education and continue its legacy of promoting academic excellence. Pepperdine Information Technology's Jonathan See, deputy chief information officer, will represent the University as the member officer and Gerard Flynn, director of technology and learning, will serve as the designated representative.

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