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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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Trending Topics in Education: Boundless Learning [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Apr 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Boundless Learning has only been around for about five years, but they've already started to disrupt the textbook market. In this conversation with Cecil Banhan with Boundless Learning, we talked about the importance of customization in content. We also touched on how the content needs to be affordable, but affordable and focused on learning outcomes. We also got a little philosophical about how education is questioning some long-held assumptions in order to address these cost concerns.

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Trending Topics in Education: LAD Custom Publishing [Podcast]

Posted by Kate Seat on Feb 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

In our conversation with Lance Liggin with LAD Custom Publishing, we'll talk about the importance of giving faculty the flexibility and control over their material, and the cost of that material through custom course packs. Lance will also touch on a new partnership that they have with a company that produces game-based simulations aligned specifically to your course objectives.

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It's Alive!! Custom Course Materials, Now Even Easier

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Dec 10, 2015 6:00:00 AM

By creating custom course materials, your faculty and staff can provide on-point, cost-effective materials that reflect your curriculum more precisely. And now it's even easier to assemble the right resources — find out how:

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4 Key Ways to Increase Affordability for K-12 Families

Posted by Kate Seat on Oct 6, 2015 8:48:24 AM

When it comes to your institution's mission or core values, does affordability for your families play an important role? Are the cost of textbooks equivalent to the value they're providing? Is your families' perspective the same as yours? 

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XanEdu and MBS Direct Partnership Aims to Provide Easy and Affordable Custom Course Material Solutions to Higher Ed and K-12 Markets

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Sep 24, 2015 9:05:00 AM
Ann Arbor, Mich.-- XanEdu, Inc. and MBS Direct have partnered to provide a streamlined way to adopt, manage and deliver high-quality custom textbooks to the education market. MBS Direct integrated and launched a white label version, called eText Builder, of XanEdu’s Customization Platform. eText Builder allows faculty to provide course materials specifically tailored to their class objectives, meanwhile reducing the high cost of traditional textbooks.
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Best Practices for Creating OERs

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Aug 17, 2015 10:52:00 AM
Incorporating OERs is a great way to help your students save — and to refresh your existing curriculum. However, if you just can't seem to find the right resource, it may be time to create your own!
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Why Aren't Students Acquiring Course Materials?

Posted by Dean Asher on Jun 18, 2015 10:54:00 AM

They significantly improve learning outcomes, and students who buy them say they found them useful. We all know it's important to make sure students have the right course materials in hand by the beginning of classes, but term after term, there are students who simply don't acquire the materials they need to be the most successful they can be in the classroom.

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MBS Direct's eText Builder. . . In Action!

Posted by Kate Seat on May 21, 2015 11:55:00 AM

Last month, we introduced eText Builder, MBS Direct’s new tool for compiling custom course materials. By choosing to create and adopt custom course packs, your faculty can help students save money and provide a resource that has the potential to precisely reflect the curriculum.

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How Can Open Source Materials Benefit Faculty?

Posted by Joe Clarkin on May 5, 2015 9:14:00 AM
The cost of course materials frequently resurfaces as part of a larger debate about the cost of higher education as a whole. Whether the expense quoted is the College Board's estimate of $1200 a year per student for textbooks and supplies, or a more realistic, data-based figure of about $600 per year, the associated costs of education are a hot-button issue. So what are some of the ways to help reduce these expenses? A possible solution may be a strategic incorporation of open resources or custom course materials.
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