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Are Course Packs the Right Option for You?

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

Providing students with the best, well-rounded education possible is the most important factor in education. In a perfect world, a teacher could draw from multiple sources and develop a syllabus that was specifically designed for the class he/she wanted to teach without costing students more money. However, asking students to purchase multiple course materials for each class is often met with resistance in no small part due to finances. Students are increasingly unhappy with the cost of course materials—especially when the whole text isn’t used. MBS Direct’s eText Builder offers faculty way to provide students with all the materials they need at a fraction of the cost.  

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Print Vs. Digital Course Materials

Posted by Liz Schulte on Feb 21, 2017 5:30:00 AM

“Print is dead.”

“Digital will never last.”

Everyone has an opinion about the print vs. digital debate. Facts and figures can be quoted for both sides, making a compelling argument for each. The cost of print can be too much for students to shoulder. Retention is harder to achieve with digital. Back and forth, the argument can go on forever because the truth is neither platform is inherently bad or good. Both have unique pros and cons that make the decision about which one to choose nearly impossible.

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Students Take Action to Combat Course Material Costs

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Jan 25, 2017 5:30:00 AM

With the costs of course materials on the rise, Higher Ed. students have joined hands and are using technology and an entrepreneurial spirit to keep expenses down and their odds of academic success intact.

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The Real Reasons Students Aren’t Getting Their Hands on Course Materials

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Jan 10, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Students are not purchasing their course materials and there are reasons outside of cost. Factors include faculty disagreeing with administration, students spending their money elsewhere and a lack of selection when trying to purchase materials late.

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Your Students Are Wrong About 'optional' Course Materials

Posted by Dean Asher on Dec 13, 2016 12:09:22 PM

Students are buying fewer textbooks from one year to the next. However, the reasons do not rest solely on cost.

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6 Options to Lower the Cost of Course Materials

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Dec 12, 2016 5:30:00 AM

Save your students the most money on course materials. MBS Direct makes it easy with multiple ways to reduce costs. Maximize affordability at your school by following our checklist.

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Connect Faculty with Innovative Course Materials

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Mar 29, 2016 4:00:00 AM

The way students get their books has changed a lot in recent years. Many of those changes are the result of student desires  they crave a wider variety of content than ever, and are willing to look all over the place to get it. That means that schools and their faculty have had to work hard to keep up with the desires and demands of their students, and that the race to adapt probably won't slow down any time soon. So how can your school get ahead and work with faculty to make sure you're providing the latest, most cutting-edge content?

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Increasing Student Engagement through Course Material Selection [White Paper]

Posted by Kate Seat on Mar 22, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Ensuring students stay engaged with their coursework is a difficult and multi-faceted task, but it's an important one for schools that want to help students succeed and improve retention rates.

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How to Get Books in More Students' Hands Before Day One

Posted by Dean Asher on Jan 12, 2016 5:00:00 AM

As the cost of educational materials continues to rise, an increasing number of students delay the purchase of course materials, or don’t purchase books at all. To combat this, the ability to include books in students’ course material fees is gaining a significant amount of discussion in the academic world.

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All Types of Course Materials for All Types of Students

Posted by Kate Seat on Aug 18, 2015 8:00:00 AM

The following story isn't real — but it could be. Many families have parents who have resumed their studies, sometimes even beginning their college careers at the same time as one of their children. And the amount of "nontraditional" students is increasing every year: 75% of undergraduates have at least one characteristic that classifies them as nontraditional (according to the NCES).

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