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Mapping Student Buying Habits: A Comparison of MBS Direct Distribution Options [Infographic]

Posted by Dean Asher on May 24, 2018 4:30:00 PM

Here's a short refresher about the options available to ensure your students have the materials they need when they need them.  

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Is AI the Future of Education?

Posted by Liz Schulte on May 23, 2018 5:30:00 AM

When the term artificial intelligence is used, it is easy for the mind to wander to Isaac Asimov’s foreboding stories that contemplate when humans will become obsolete. However, artificial intelligence is already a part of most Americans' everyday life. When we use an ATM over a teller at the bank, check our smartphones or ask Alexa® for the forecast, we encounter technology designed to make our lives easier. What is on the horizon for AI advancements in education? With giants like IBM, Google, Apple and Facebook taking an interest in ed tech, will AI permeate education the way it has other industries? Today, we will explore developments in ed tech and how AI could change the way people learn.

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The Pros and Cons of OER

Posted by Liz Schulte on May 22, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Open Educational Resources are a hot topic in education. Students need ways to lower costs. Naturally, they look to schools to provide them with better solutions. In turn, many schools look to OER to help accomplish that goal. However, these no-cost options are just a piece of the course materials puzzle.

Let’s look at strengths and weaknesses of OER.

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5 Hidden Problems an Online Bookstore Solves

Posted by Lori Reese on May 17, 2018 5:30:00 AM

I had witnessed the convenience of an online bookstore first-hand as a college instructor, but it wasn’t until I visited a brick-and-mortar college store during rush that I realized how much can go wrong while a student is doing something as seemingly simple as buying a textbook. I thought that listing the book, the author and the ISBN number on my syllabus was more than enough to ensure students had their course materials in time for my class. Little did I know.

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Easily Learn More About Digital Textbooks Solutions

Posted by Jason Smallheer on May 16, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Improve your understanding of digital course materials with MBS Direct's free email courses. You will receive concise, digestible emails covering the key topics in digital textbook solutions.

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How Enhanced eBooks Can Save Reading

Posted by Lori Reese on May 15, 2018 5:30:00 AM

It’s a disease schools must cure: Undergraduates hate reading.

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The Roads to Course Materials Adoptions

Posted by Liz Schulte on May 14, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Timely adoptions are important to the school because they cut costs, save students money and help ensure student success by having all of the required course materials available before the start of class. The closer it gets to the end of the semester the more vital it is for faculty to make and turn in adoptions so the next semester can begin without a hitch.

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Bringing Community to College: Tuition Relief for Low Income Students

Posted by Liz Schulte on May 10, 2018 5:30:00 AM

A 29-year-old woman hustles to her community college campus, running late. She attends her classes, sits in the front row taking extensive notes and rushes back to her car as fast as she can. She can’t go to the evening study session, even though she needs it. It would require her to miss work which would likely result in losing her job. She doesn’t get home until after nine. She scrapes together a quick, cheap meal and then works on her homework until she falls asleep, once again forgetting to set her alarm.

She keeps going because she wants a better life. She hopes her degree will get her that promotion at work or a better paying job where she won’t have to choose between making rent and eating. 

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Good Fortune: Raising Your School’s Profile in China Could Elevate the Bottom Line

Posted by Lori Reese on May 9, 2018 5:30:00 AM

As enrollment numbers decline, schools are looking abroad for ways to build the bottom line. Among the international students that flock to the U.S. no country represents more strongly than China. Chinese students in America numbered 304,000 as of 2014-2015, according to Institute of International Education (IIE) annual report. That total had increased five times in a decade and is expected to continue growing.

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Code U: Computer Coding in the Core Curriculum

Posted by Lori Reese on May 8, 2018 5:30:00 AM

A set of job-ready skills, an income-boost, a promotion, a doorway to the middle class: Students want concrete results from college. How can you ensure your school’s degree will be worth more than the paper it’s printed on?

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