MBS Direct Saves Students More Than $32 Million in the 2015-16 School Year

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Sep 30, 2016 10:56:12 AM

Students and their families saved more than $32 million in the 2015-16 school year due to multiple MBS Direct programs and strategies. Serving both K-12 and Higher Education customers, MBS Direct shipped more than 3 million items serving more than 625,000 students, offering a variety of options that not only saved money at the time of purchase, but also decreased the cost of ownership of course materials. Some of the options that lead to customer savings include a variety of purchase options based specifically on customer needs, availability of materials at the time of purchase and aggressive pricing on textbook buybacks.

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Accessibility Concerns for Digital Content Which Are Easy to Overlook

Posted by Dean Asher on Sep 29, 2016 5:00:00 AM

One of the great things about educational technology is its seemingly limitless potential. It allows both instructors and learners to achieve more and bridge gaps across location, language and other barriers that traditional course materials cannot.

However, not all digital course materials are equally accessible. Sensory and mobility impairments, learning disabilities and other issues can prevent some students from being able to utilize their digital content.

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6 Questions Faculty Have About Creating Custom Course Materials

Posted by Kate Seat on Sep 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

There are a variety of reasons to consider creating a custom course pack, including lowering the cost of course materials for students and adopting more curriculum-specific content. And there are many different ways to create this custom content, ranging from completely hands-on (where the instructor chooses each resource individually), to a concierge approach, which engages a team of experts to complete the entire process. So why aren't more instructors choosing this option? 

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Detroit Catholic Central High School Simplifies eContent Delivery and Use for Students

Posted by Dean Asher on Sep 26, 2016 8:32:30 AM

Since 1928, Detroit Catholic Central (DCC) High School has given 9-12 grade boys in the Michigan area a quality college preparatory education guided by their motto: "Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge." In the present day, the school's 1,100 students get a more modern twist on their education — as a 1:1 iPad school, educational apps and digital course materials are an important part of the school's curriculum.

Sourcing the materials from dozens of publishers and content distributors, and providing them to their students in a convenient low-cost package soon became a tall order, however.

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Four Ways to Talk to Super-busy People

Posted by Dean Asher on Sep 22, 2016 5:00:00 AM

We've all been there. We need to get in front of the President of the college, or our department head, or another busy administrator who never seems to have the time to meet. It takes forever to even get ahold of them, you might have to reschedule countless times before you finally get in their office, and when you're finally there, giving your presentation or making your case to someone so busy can be difficult or downright intimidating.

It may always be a challenge to get that person's attention for more than a few seconds, but these four tips will make it easier.

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Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid to Hire Ambitious Staff

Posted by Dean Asher on Sep 21, 2016 5:00:00 AM

 Ambition. Drive. Motivation. Self confidence. They're all things we say we value, and even strive to cultivate in our students. But how do you feel about them during a job interview, or when you meet a new hire? Do those same traits in a candidate make you think they might be too "full of themselves," or likely won't stick around?

Indeed, these traits can be a subconscious double-edged sword for many people. They shouldn't be, however. A recent post from the Chronicle of Higher Education's academic blog Vitae explains why we should value ambition in academia.

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Wabash College Puts Books Where Students Shop: Online

Posted by Dean Asher on Sep 19, 2016 5:00:00 AM

As a liberal arts college for men with about 910 full-time students, Wabash College has been educating students in the Crawfordsville, Indiana area since 1832. But although they've had their own on-campus bookstore for much of that time, dwindling sales in an increasingly digital world forced the school to consider alternatives. After a visit to Hampden-Sydney College for an athletic event, College President Gregg Hess observed there were no books on the shelves at the campus store, and learned how effective an online course material store could be.

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Why Segmenting Your Audience Is Necessary and Will Make Your School's Marketing More Effective

Posted by Dean Asher on Sep 15, 2016 5:00:00 AM

If someone asks you who your audience is for any higher education message you produce, what is your answer? If it's "everyone," you're missing the mark. It's easy to see why that's such an appealing answer. Most higher education institutions cater to very diverse groups of people, all from different socioeconomic, age and sometimes even national backgrounds. But trying to paint your message with such a broad brush can lead to some serious problems, and hinder your ability to differentiate yourself from competing schools with similar offerings.

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A Day in the Life at the MBS Direct Contact Center [Video]

Posted by Kate Seat on Sep 14, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Our Contact Center is open 24/7, 7 days a week, to help our customers with any situation that may arise. Get a behind-the-scenes look at what a day in the life of an MBS Direct customer service specialist is all about:

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Questions New Teachers Should Ask — and Schools Should Be Able to Answer

Posted by Kate Seat on Sep 13, 2016 8:00:00 AM

While orientation is an important time for new teachers, for administrators, the onboarding process can be a valuable opportunity to communicate their institution's mission and performance expectations. To that end, as an administrator, you should be prepared to answer some specific questions — or make your new employee's transition easier by volunteering the following information. 

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