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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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Cape Henry Collegiate Makes It Easier than Ever for Families to Purchase Their Students' Course Materials

Posted by Dean Asher on Oct 10, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Cape Henry Collegiate is known for its academics, but if you ask Head of Middle School Amanda Hayes, families choose the Virginia independent school for its focus on knowing, valuing and challenging each of their pre-K through 12th grade students. With 900 students and a 10:1 student-teacher ratio, it's fairly easy to do.

So when their previous course material fulfillment provider struggled to provide the same level of attention and care to providing families with quality materials and service, the school knew it may be time to find a better fit.

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Accessibility Concerns for Digital Content Which Are Easy to Overlook

Posted by Dean Asher on Sep 29, 2016 5:00:00 AM

One of the great things about educational technology is its seemingly limitless potential. It allows both instructors and learners to achieve more and bridge gaps across location, language and other barriers that traditional course materials cannot.

However, not all digital course materials are equally accessible. Sensory and mobility impairments, learning disabilities and other issues can prevent some students from being able to utilize their digital content.

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Detroit Catholic Central High School Simplifies eContent Delivery and Use for Students

Posted by Dean Asher on Sep 26, 2016 8:32:30 AM

Since 1928, Detroit Catholic Central (DCC) High School has given 9-12 grade boys in the Michigan area a quality college preparatory education guided by their motto: "Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge." In the present day, the school's 1,100 students get a more modern twist on their education — as a 1:1 iPad school, educational apps and digital course materials are an important part of the school's curriculum.

Sourcing the materials from dozens of publishers and content distributors, and providing them to their students in a convenient low-cost package soon became a tall order, however.

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Pew Releases 2016 Book Reading Report

Posted by Dean Asher on Sep 7, 2016 9:42:50 AM

One of the leading American public opinion and social issue "fact tanks," the Pew Research Center's polls and surveys reveal what average Americans do or think about topics from politics and policy to social trends and media consumption. This year's annual Pew Book Reading report reveals that roughly 73% of all Americans have read at least one book in the past year, but what it suggests about format choices is more interesting to us as educators. Check out the summary from Inside Higher Ed's Joshua Kim after the jump.

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What Paper's History Tells Us About Ed Tech's Future

Posted by Dean Asher on Aug 24, 2016 3:30:00 AM

Sometimes to understand where a technology is headed, we have to take some time and look at where it's been.

It's true that paper will never truly go away — especially when many students still prefer print textbooks to digital titles — but the business and academic worlds as we know them are rapidly going more and more paperless. That said, paper itself has a very long and rich history as both a technology and a means of communication, which Inside Higher Ed columnist Joshua Kim recently learned by reading Mark Kurlansky's micro-history "Paper: Paging Through History." This history can help us better understand the evolving nature of educational technology as we use it in our classrooms. 

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