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What Happens When Teachers Are Tech Leaders?

Posted by Lori Reese on Feb 1, 2018 5:30:00 AM

These teachers stand out — and raise eyebrows. They integrate the latest technologies into their classrooms. They have popular Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and blogs. They score lucrative speaking gigs at conferences on educational leadership. These are the  high-profile classroom teachers that companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google and Amazon court with freebies —  everything from gift cards to iPads and free access to premium classroom software — and they are igniting debate about corporate-infused pedagogy. Should you encourage your teachers to seize such opportunities or forbid them from fraternizing with Silicon Valley elites?

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Is Adaptive Learning the Future of Education?

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jan 31, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Adaptive learning is an intriguing idea. It is easy to see how the idea of utilizing technology to create a personalized learning process for students that adapts to the needs of the learner is a compelling one for educational institutions and students alike. After all, finding a way to reach and engage more students in a sustainable way is game changing.

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Spotlight Lori Van Gerpen: You Need at Least One Foot on the Train

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

Territory Manager Lori Van Gerpen meets with college stores and campus administrators across the nation. With more than 15 years in the course material industry — plus several years’ experience working in collegiate retail — Van Gerpen has a wealth of knowledge to share with those struggling to find course material solutions. We sat down with her to discuss the future of the industry — digital, Open Educational Resources (OER) and the need for all stakeholders in the course material process to be prepared for change.

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Print Versus Digital: What Does the Latest Research Tell Us?

Posted by Lori Reese on Jan 29, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Although current surveys show that faculty have no preference about whether students buy digital or print books, that could change in light of new research from a pair of reading experts at the University of Maryland.

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How Will Retail Change in 2018? Get the Year’s Predictions Here

Posted by Lori Reese on Jan 25, 2018 5:30:00 AM

One-time retail juggernauts Macys and Sears shut down hundreds of stores. The eCommerce force-from-beyond, Amazon, bought Whole Foods and introduced its first checkout-free convenience store, Amazon Go. 2017 was undoubtedly one of retail’s craziest years on record. What does that mean for 2018?

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Spotlight: Jim Luecke How Student Savings Impacts Student Success

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jan 24, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Jim Luecke is a strategic sales consultant for MBS. In the over 12 years he has worked with schools and stores, Jim has collected an abundance of industry knowledge. He uses that expertise to help schools find course materials distribution solutions that best suite their unique needs and situations. We sat down with him to discuss where he sees the industry heading and what trends are gaining momentum as he visits schools across the country.   

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Textbook Wisdom: Want to Help At-Risk Students? Get Your Book Orders in Early

Posted by Lori Reese on Jan 23, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Welcome to our third installment of Textbook Wisdom, a Direct Network series that speaks directly to faculty about course material issues. This week’s article deals with a perennial administrative concern: Early adoptions. Post it on social media — and email the link to faculty. Bridge the gap between bookstores and administrators.

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Winning Faculty Allies in the Struggle for Affordable Course Material Solutions

Posted by Lori Reese on Jan 22, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Would you like to know how and why faculty treat textbooks the way they do? According to our report, “Winning Faculty Allies in the Struggle for Affordable Course Material Solutions,” many teachers are emperors of their classrooms: They select their books with a keen interest in maintaining academic freedom — and they don’t expect input from others.

Find out how faculty choices affect the cost of education and how your administration can win allies in reducing course material costs in this exclusive report.

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Cutting Costs Through Consolidation

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jan 19, 2018 5:30:00 AM

As enrollment numbers continue to decline, many schools must make difficult decisions. Some look for alternative revenue streams to help fill the financial gap while others must take bigger steps. Consolidation of schools or programs is something more schools consider as financial futures are strained.

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Print Vs. Digital Course Materials

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jan 18, 2018 5:30:00 AM

“Print is dead.”

“Digital will never last.”

Everyone has an opinion about the print vs. digital debate. Facts and figures can be quoted on both sides, making a compelling argument for each. The cost of print can be too much for students to shoulder. Retention is harder to achieve with digital. Back and forth, the argument can go on forever because the truth is neither platform is inherently bad or good. Both have unique pros and cons that make the decision about which one to choose nearly impossible.

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