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Tips for Increasing the Amount of Digital Content in Your School

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Dec 9, 2016 5:30:00 AM

As more schools are bringing more technology into the classroom and encouraging students to have some kind of device as part of their in-class learning, it makes sense that students can access their course materials on that device as well. While publishers are converting more of their newer content to a digital platform, there is still a lot of material that is only available in a low-tech format.

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Why Choose a Private School Education?

Posted by Kate Seat on Dec 8, 2016 5:30:00 AM
For many families, the decision to enroll their children in a private institution is based on factors ranging from a desire for a specific type of learning environment to the advantages private school can provide as a precursor to higher education.
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Ouachita Baptist University Expands Options for Students

Posted by Kate Seat on Dec 6, 2016 6:00:00 AM

For college stores, balancing regular retail space against the area needed for a robust textbook section can be a challenge. With their former leasing partner, Ouachita Baptist University Campus Store struggled to offer a broad enough selection of course material options to keep their students shopping in-store, without compromising the profit-making potential of their remaining retail space.

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Trending Topics in Education: Soomo Learning [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Dec 5, 2016 7:00:00 AM

After spending several years working to make content more engaging, Soomo Learning's Founder and Course Designer David Lindrum realized it was the immediate application of new knowledge that led students to be successful. In this podcast, David talks about how Soomo's data-driven approach helps faculty identify which students need the extra help and the best time for that intervention.

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Alternative Content Options Expanding Education

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Dec 2, 2016 5:30:00 AM

Finding low-cost, high quality content that engages students and is customizable does not need to be an “either/or” decision. Regardless of your goals, you have options.

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North Central University Simplifies Fulfillment, Saves Students Time

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

When North Central University's longtime bookstore manager took a job elsewhere, the school took the opportunity to re-evaluate its store and how it served students' course material needs. The Christian co-ed Minnesota residential college found that its 1,300 students were facing some challenges, including long waits and an inefficient process within their on-campus bookstore.

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MBS Direct's eGlossary: A Primer on the Digital Dialect [Download]

Posted by Dean Asher on Nov 24, 2016 5:00:00 AM

While experts still argue about the details, one thing is clear: digital course materials are here to stay. With such a meteoric rise of such a complex subject, it’s no wonder a lot of buzzwords cropped up in an attempt to define, explain and establish each element that makes up the digital learning experience.

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Why Adapt? Just Ask the Dinosaurs [eBook]

Posted by Kate Seat on Nov 23, 2016 7:00:00 AM
Sometimes the signs are right there. If your school's bookstore has been facing decreasing sales and increasing overhead, it may be time for a change.
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What the Increase in Distance Learning Means for Your School, and Your Brick-and-mortar Store

Posted by Dean Asher on Nov 16, 2016 12:25:26 PM

An interesting new statistic is reassuring news for private higher ed institutions that saw their "inevitable downfall" being forecast a few months ago: Distance learners are on the rise at institutions nationally, and it's proving to be a major revenue stream.

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Print vs Digital vs Print vs Digital: Which End Is Up?

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Nov 15, 2016 5:20:00 AM

Surveys don’t lie. They give you information and you take action based on the results. But what if different surveys give you conflicting information? What if one survey said higher education students prefer digital textbooks and another said the same students prefer print books? The quandary.

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