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A Look at How Students Buy Course Materials

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 24, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Course materials have a vital role to play in the success of a student’s education. However, making sure students have what they need when they need it is a concern. With the growing cost of education and student financial struggles, it’s important to understand their buying habits and their preferences when looking for solutions.

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The Social Media Balancing Act

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 23, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Schools must have a social media marketing strategy, but balancing social media with all the daily tasks you have often feels impossible. If you tilt one way, you end up falling into the social media blackhole and losing hours of your day when you should have been focusing on work. If you lean the other way, it is easy to neglect a valuable tool for connecting with prospective students. Life would be so much easier if you knew where and when you should post, but that’s just a dream … or is it?

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Promoversity Makes Offering School Merchandise Easy

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 22, 2017 5:30:00 AM

MBS Direct has recently partnered with Promoversity to offer your school an online merchandise program. Whether you need spirit wear, customized event t-shirts or mugs, Promoversity offers a one-stop shop at no cost to you.

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Deepening Charter School Ties

Posted by Lori Reese on Aug 21, 2017 5:30:00 AM

A partnership between an institute of higher education and a charter school network can be a beautiful thing. For the charter, college and university connections help introduce students to a broader array of possibilities for higher education than they might normally see. The college or university, in turn, is offered a chance to reach a greater number of students, increase campus diversity and boost enrollment numbers.

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The Unexpected Longevity of Print

Posted by Lori Reese on Aug 18, 2017 5:30:00 AM

When the iPad® first appeared in 2010, I was among those who believed print texts were going the way of vinyl. Print might fulfill the longings of future collectors and fetishists, I thought, but for those of us whose profession relied on books, the practical attractions of a digital library would trump any sentimental attachment to the gleam of a paperback spine.

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How Faculty Perceive Their Role in Course Materials Choices

Posted by Lori Reese on Aug 17, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As pressure mounts to reduce student costs, it’s critical for administrators to understand how faculty regard course materials. Instructors are the top decision-makers when it comes to instructional design. Without faculty buy-in, administrative initiatives are likely to fail.

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Colleges in Crisis

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 16, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Colleges face changes in the educational landscape daily. However, the current storm of revenue losses, student stressors and negative public perception has thrust many into uncharted territories. What are the issues facing today’s administration and what can be done to help? 

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MBS Direct: Your Partner in Rush

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Aug 15, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Rush season is upon you. Students have a week, or two, before classes start. You want to ensure they have the course materials they need to point them towards success in the classroom, but you don’t need to do it alone.

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Eastside Preparatory is Now Offering Lower Cost Materials to Students

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Aug 14, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Currently finishing up its 12th school year, Eastside Preparatory, a grade 5-12 school in Kirkland, Washington, knows a thing or two about rapid change. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that the school was just an idea in the heads of school founders Alice and Tom Strong. In the years since, Eastside has grown into one of the most well-respected and academically rigorous schools in the area as they’ve aimed to make good on their mission statement:

We inspire students to create a better world through Critical Thinking, Responsible Action, Compassionate Leadership and Wise Innovation.

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The Evolution of Chatbots

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 11, 2017 5:30:00 AM

While talking with my mother one weekend, she was tapping away on her phone, eyebrows drawn together as she scowled at the screen. Immediately, I knew something was up. First, my mother isn’t technologically savvy. It took about six months with her writing down the instructions three times to teach her how to check her email. Second, she doesn’t text. She had only sent one text message — it was to me and complete gibberish.

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