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Low Cost Digital Content Without Sacrificing Quality

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jun 22, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Quality and affordable course materials aren’t mutually exclusive. Without the production costs of a traditional textbook, digital course materials are available at lower prices and can be customized for individual classes. Through MBS Direct's digital options, educators can meet the needs of their classroom and enhance student learning and engagement.

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Five-Minute MBS Direct Email Courses Now Available

Posted by Jason Smallheer on May 3, 2017 5:30:00 AM

MBS Direct offers free email courses on today’s key topics in education. Understanding you have a tight schedule, the information is delivered daily in small, digestible emails, each taking no more than five minutes to read.

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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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Digital Learning Day; Celebrating Innovative Teachers and Empowered Students

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Feb 3, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Technology in the classroom is changing how students learn and teachers teach. Digital Learning Day started in 2012 with the goal of recognizing teaching leaders for their practices in the classroom resulting in better learning environments for students. This year, the global event will be celebrated on February 23.

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OER Email Course; Digital Learning to Your Inbox

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Feb 2, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Understanding course material options available to your faculty and students is the first step in keeping student costs down, ensuring materials are in their hands when they need them which results in higher student success rates. In an effort to educate and offer clarity about digital offerings, MBS Direct has released another complimentary email course focusing on Open Educational Resources (OER).

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Email Courses Offer 25-Minute Digital Learning Education

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Feb 1, 2017 5:30:00 AM

MBS Direct has taken a new approach to educating school administration … sending the class directly to you via email. Understanding key concepts, such as digital content options and Open Educational Resources (OER,) has been a challenge for some, and the free email courses are designed to give you a high-overview lesson in each segment, in five minutes per day or less.

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Open Educational Resources; More Options = More Savings

Posted by Dean Asher on Jan 18, 2017 5:30:00 AM

If you've been exploring your options in lower-cost course materials, you've undoubtedly heard the phrase "Open Educational Resources" or "OER". You might assume you don't have the time or manpower to filter through the endless sea of content to find the right OER for your program, but what if you could easily find what you need from a library of well-respected journals and resources — drastically cutting costs to your students, getting more required course materials in their hands on time and improving learning outcomes?

It's easier than you think. Watch this video to learn how you can do it with MBS Direct.

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Pen and Paper Rock Keyboard

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Jan 17, 2017 5:30:00 AM

More classrooms are using tablets and laptops as notetaking tools and teaching aids. However, research is showing technology in the classroom may not help students learn as effectively.

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Alternative Content; Saving Money with Increased Options

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Jan 11, 2017 5:30:00 AM

What are the ingredients for perfect course materials? Start with something created by subject matter experts, add short, interesting videos, include embedded questions so you know how students are moving through the material and make it all customizable so you can tweak it in the future. Mix well and what do we get? Junction Education.

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Greatest Hits of 2016: A Look Back at Direct Network's Best Posts

Posted by Wendy Gish on Dec 22, 2016 12:29:12 PM

Higher Education and K-12 institutions who decided to make changes, giving their students more options, lower costs and an easier way to obtain their course materials. Podcasts with industry leaders about emerging trends in education. MBS Direct announcements and insider knowledge. Tips for school administrators and officials to increase their students' success and lower their educational costs. 

We've published some great content in 2016 if we say so ourselves, and based on our viewership statistics, it seems you agree. In case you missed them the first time — or just want to read them all again — here's a list of our most viewed and shared stories and articles from this year.

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