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Bring the World to Your Classroom

Posted by Liz Schulte on Feb 16, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Every day new technology is introduced that makes the world a little bit smaller. You can talk with people in all corners of the internet-touched world almost as easily as you can step outside and meet your neighbor. You can tour other countries and learn about their cultures and experiences with a few swift clicks on the keyboard. Higher education and K-12 students can benefit from the variety of experience that these virtual learning tools bring into a classroom. All it requires is a strong internet connection and a willingness to learn.

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6 Ways Students Benefit from an Online Bookstore

Posted by Kate Seat on Feb 8, 2017 5:30:00 AM

College students lead busy lives. Juggling classes, homework, jobs, extracurricular activities and their personal lives doesn't leave a lot of free time to devote to searching for the course materials they need to succeed. An Online Bookstore provides these price-savvy shoppers with convenience, increased savings and a broader selection. Here's how:

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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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2017 Retail Predictions: The Shift Is on As Brick-and-mortar Stores Fade

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

Retail sales in 2016 were dominated by eCommerce and technology driving purchases. The forecast for 2017 shows more of the same and thinning ice under the feet of some big name businesses.

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The College of Idaho Launches Online Bookstore and Stays on Campus

Posted by Dean Asher on Jan 27, 2017 5:30:00 AM

The College of Idaho maximized savings for students and minimized staff headaches by switching to an online bookstore and keeping a physical store on campus. Students now have the right course materials and the cost-saving options they prefer, while the school can concentrate on the higher profit margin spirit gear.

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Students Take Action to Combat Course Material Costs

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Jan 25, 2017 5:30:00 AM

With the costs of course materials on the rise, Higher Ed. students have joined hands and are using technology and an entrepreneurial spirit to keep expenses down and their odds of academic success intact.

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New Online Bookstore; Tailored for Today’s Student Success

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Jan 19, 2017 5:30:00 AM

A new Online Bookstore being rolled out to MBS Direct partner schools during 2017 was redesigned from the ground up with the goal of efficiently and effectively communicating with students, providing them with the course materials they need when they need them.

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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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Virtual Reality in Schools Brings Real World to Life

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Jan 13, 2017 5:30:00 AM

More than 87 million virtual reality headsets were sold in 2016. Often used for gaming, watching programs and education, the VR market is expected to explode from $1.5 billion in sales in 2015 to almost $40 billion in the next five years. How will your school take advantage of the industry boom?

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