The Direct Network


The Pros and Cons of OER

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 2, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Open Educational Resources are a hot topic in education. Students need ways to lower costs. Naturally, they look to schools to provide them with better solutions. In turn, many schools look to OERs to help accomplish that goal. However, these no-cost options are just a piece of the course materials puzzle.

Let’s look at strengths and weaknesses of OERs.

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Streamline Adoptions With Course Director

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 1, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Multitasking is a way of life, especially for teachers and administrators. Rarely are there enough hours in the day to do everything you need to do. While course materials adoptions are important for a variety of reasons, managing them often becomes one more task that takes precious hours.

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The Rental Reference

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jul 18, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Rentals offer students upfront savings on their course materials, but not all rental programs are created equal. It is important to make sure you find the right rental program that meets your school’s individual needs.

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Really, Truly, Actually Required Reading

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

It only takes a small act of imagination to understand why an all-inclusive textbook model — a single fee that includes books in the cost of tuition — serves students and faculty well.

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Schreiner University’s Course Materials Solution

Posted by Liz Schulte on Mar 20, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As a small, traditional, liberal arts college in the heart of Texas Hill Country, Schreiner University prides itself on serving a diverse population of students in a personalized manner. The faculty and administration know each student and are invested in their success at school, as well as in their lives. They are dedicated to shaping the educational experience to suit the students’ needs as well as giving them the tools necessary to accomplish their goals.

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Print and Digital Course Materials; The Iceberg Drifts On

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

The search for a clear winner in the battle for course material supremacy drags on. During the last 12 months there have been surveys and studies conducted with the goal of determining which direction students are moving in their preference, and like a search for the Loch Ness Monster, the picture is fuzzy.

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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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