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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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Alternative Content Webinar Offers Solutions to Save Students Money

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Dec 14, 2016 5:30:00 AM

MBS Direct presented the webinar “Navigating Your Digital Content Options” on Dec. 13, 2016. The focus of the program was to educate key higher-ed decision makers on lower cost digital options available to their students.

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Tips for Increasing the Amount of Digital Content in Your School

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Dec 9, 2016 5:30:00 AM

As more schools are bringing more technology into the classroom and encouraging students to have some kind of device as part of their in-class learning, it makes sense that students can access their course materials on that device as well. While publishers are converting more of their newer content to a digital platform, there is still a lot of material that is only available in a low-tech format.

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MBS Direct's eGlossary: A Primer on the Digital Dialect [Download]

Posted by Dean Asher on Nov 24, 2016 5:00:00 AM

While experts still argue about the details, one thing is clear: digital course materials are here to stay. With such a meteoric rise of such a complex subject, it’s no wonder a lot of buzzwords cropped up in an attempt to define, explain and establish each element that makes up the digital learning experience.

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Print vs Digital vs Print vs Digital: Which End Is Up?

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Nov 15, 2016 5:20:00 AM

Surveys don’t lie. They give you information and you take action based on the results. But what if different surveys give you conflicting information? What if one survey said higher education students prefer digital textbooks and another said the same students prefer print books? The quandary.

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[Email Course] Make Sure You Know Digital Content

Posted by Dean Asher on Nov 1, 2016 5:00:00 AM

You're interested in lowering course material costs for your students, your faculty are interested in adopting more engaging, customizable content, and you've got the internet and device infrastructure in place to support it: you know you're ready for digital content, but maybe you're not sure where to start.

Perhaps the difference between eBooks, access codes and courseware are confusing. It could be you're not sure if you'd need multiple readers or access portals for every student in your program to utilize their content. Don't worry, MBS Direct is here to make you an expert.

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