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The Benefits of OER

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jun 20, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Lowering the price of education is important for enrollment numbers, retention, inclusivity and student success at every grade level. Offering used books, rentals, course packs and digital options can cut immediate costs, but adding open educational resources (OER) can take efforts a step above by enhancing learning and further decreasing expenses.

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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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Exploring Open Resources [Video]

Posted by Dean Asher on Jul 28, 2016 5:00:00 AM

If you've been exploring your options in lower-cost course materials over the past few years, you've undoubtedly heard the phrase "Open Educational Resources" or "OER" thrown around quite a bit. You might assume you don't have the time or manpower to filter through the seemingly endless sea of content out there to find the right OER for your program, but what if you could find what you need easily from a library of well-respected journals and resources — in turn 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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The Answers to Your Questions About OER

Posted by Dean Asher on May 3, 2016 10:15:45 AM

In April, Pearson sponsored an op-ed piece regarding open educational resources. It posed a lot of interesting questions about their required upkeep and ability to deliver desired learning outcomes. Ultimately, it questioned their efficacy, stating that they create "pedagogical inconsistency" for students and provide challenges in curating the latest, most up-to-date course materials for use in their classes. 

You can read Pearson's op-ed, if you'd like. David Wiley certainly did, and it was his response that caught our eye. We included an excerpt below, but be sure to check out the original post for the full context.

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