The Direct Network


Deepening Charter School Ties

Posted by Lori Reese on Aug 21, 2017 5:30:00 AM

A partnership between an institute of higher education and a charter school network can be a beautiful thing. For the charter, college and university connections help introduce students to a broader array of possibilities for higher education than they might normally see. The college or university, in turn, is offered a chance to reach a greater number of students, increase campus diversity and boost enrollment numbers.

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The Unexpected Longevity of Print

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

When the iPad® first appeared in 2010, I was among those who believed print texts were going the way of vinyl. Print might fulfill the longings of future collectors and fetishists, I thought, but for those of us whose profession relied on books, the practical attractions of a digital library would trump any sentimental attachment to the gleam of a paperback spine.

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How Faculty Perceive Their Role in Course Materials Choices

Posted by Lori Reese on Aug 17, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As pressure mounts to reduce student costs, it’s critical for administrators to understand how faculty regard course materials. Instructors are the top decision-makers when it comes to instructional design. Without faculty buy-in, administrative initiatives are likely to fail.

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MBS Direct: Your Partner in Rush

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Aug 15, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Rush season is upon you. Students have a week, or two, before classes start. You want to ensure they have the course materials they need to point them towards success in the classroom, but you don’t need to do it alone.

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What Prospective Students Really Think of Your School

Posted by Lori Reese on Aug 9, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Vacant buildings, unhappy administrators and limited high-tech offerings: These are just a few of the things that can prompt a visiting prospective student to reject your school. Yet young people often hold back on negative comments when asked what they think of a campus, turning the task of recruitment into a game of mind-reading.

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Can Virtual Reality Become the Perfect Learning Aid?

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 4, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Something is always changing or improving in technology. If you turn your back on the industry too long, a new piece of tech will have been developed, implemented and on the way out before you even knew you missed it. Right now, some of the most exciting developments are coming out of virtual reality and artificial intelligence, but what implications will they have on the world of education?

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5 Tips for Handling Rush

Posted by Lori Reese on Aug 3, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As the school year draws near, so does the course materials rush. Along with the pressure to ensure everything arrives before day one, come calls and visits from students, faculty and parents — some polite, some angry, some frantic.

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Google Glass: Changing the Face of Enterprise

Posted by Lori Reese on Jul 28, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Administrators wondering how to best prepare students for the changing workplace need to look again at Google Glass. That’s right: The wearable mini-computers are back and the new Google Glass Enterprise Edition® may change the way many of us do our jobs.

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5 Things Successful Executives Do to Increase Productivity

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jul 27, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Too often people need more hours in a day. The lists of tasks that need to be completed grow rather than shrink in size, especially when you are the central decision-maker for a school. Meetings, interruptions and office politics eat away at your time. Here are five ways some of the country’s top executives manage their time to increase productivity.

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Feed Student Hunger, Fuel Student Success

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jul 26, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As food insecurity and homelessness among college students grow, the once parodied image of the starving student eating everything in sight ceases to be a laughing matter. Higher education for many is the pursuit of a better life. Along the journey toward that idealized destination, some students will face impossible hardships: surviving on one — if that — meal a day, finding a safe place to sleep each night and struggling to make it through each day until graduation. Without assistance, some will be forced to drop out.

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