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Best Practices for Creating OERs

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Aug 17, 2015 10:52:00 AM
Incorporating OERs is a great way to help your students save — and to refresh your existing curriculum. However, if you just can't seem to find the right resource, it may be time to create your own!
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Best Video Sites for Educators

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jun 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Sometimes the best way to supplement a lesson is with a well-chosen video, but it can be tricky to find the right resource. To simplify your search, check out this selection of links compiled by Edudemic.
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MBS Direct's eText Builder. . . In Action!

Posted by Kate Seat on May 21, 2015 11:55:00 AM

Last month, we introduced eText Builder, MBS Direct’s new tool for compiling custom course materials. By choosing to create and adopt custom course packs, your faculty can help students save money and provide a resource that has the potential to precisely reflect the curriculum.

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How Can Open Source Materials Benefit Faculty?

Posted by Joe Clarkin on May 5, 2015 9:14:00 AM
The cost of course materials frequently resurfaces as part of a larger debate about the cost of higher education as a whole. Whether the expense quoted is the College Board's estimate of $1200 a year per student for textbooks and supplies, or a more realistic, data-based figure of about $600 per year, the associated costs of education are a hot-button issue. So what are some of the ways to help reduce these expenses? A possible solution may be a strategic incorporation of open resources or custom course materials.
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OER Repositories You Need to Know About

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Mar 30, 2015 11:00:00 PM

Open Educational Resources (OERs) continue to have a positive impact on your students’ education and your school’s budget.

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How OER Are Impacting Education

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Mar 16, 2015 11:00:00 PM

No matter what industry you’re in, people are always going to be looking for the next big thing. Early adopters will readily move forward, while others will take a more cautious approach. When one of those things pops up in education, multiple stakeholders must be included in any decision to use the new thing. First and foremost, is this new thing going to be beneficial to your students? What is the effort, for both faculty and administration, required to implement the new thing?

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Affordable, High-Quality OpenStax Texts Now Available from MBS Direct

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Feb 19, 2015 3:00:00 AM

OpenStax College is revolutionizing the way students all over the world are learning with the release of textbooks that are both peer-reviewed and in full-color, providing excellent quality at a low cost. Since 2012, more than 1,000 high schools, colleges and universities have chosen to adopt the available titles. Because these texts are the result of a cooperative, peer-reviewed process that encourages active feedback from the educational community, discussion is welcomed and updating is a constant process.

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