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Spotlight Max Garrett: The Vital Role of Course Materials in Education

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

Course materials play a pivotal role in student success. Whether or not students have their materials by the start of class can have a significant impact on their ability to keep up with the course. It also affects how teachers are able to do their job. How have the recent changes in the educational landscape influenced course materials and students’ expectations?

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How to Prevent Backorders: Four Proactive Tips for Schools

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jan 16, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Backorders are frustrating. The students are ready to buy the books — a hurdle in its own right — and now the book isn’t available. Options are limited on what to do next. Do they wait for the book to come in and potentially fall behind in class or look for it from another source? Neither option is ideal for your school or students.

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Spotlight: Kelly Jones It All Comes Back to Service

Posted by Lori Reese on Aug 30, 2017 5:30:00 AM

MBS Direct Executive Director of Client Services, Kelly Jones, has been helping educators find course materials solutions since 2002. We sat down with her to discuss the latest challenges in education, the reason more schools are investing in hybrid solutions and the future of the textbook industry.

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Are You Friends or Frenemies with Your Course Material Fulfillment Provider? [Download]

Posted by Dean Asher on Nov 2, 2016 10:21:42 AM

It might sound like a question out of a glossy teen magazine, but it's important to evaluate your provider frequently and make sure you're getting the most value for your institution and your students. Everything may be going smooth as silk, but there could also be some bumps in the road that are causing major service disruptions.

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Hinsdale High School District 86 Offers More Equitable Cost Savings for Students

Posted by Dean Asher on Oct 4, 2016 5:00:00 AM

For the past six years, Hinsdale High School District 86 has been perhaps one of the most unique districts in the United States.

It's not uncommon for public schools in the Chicago area to administer a textbook or course material fee to families to cover costs for their student's education, but in an effort to reduce costs, Hinsdale's two high schools — Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South — opted to have families purchase their own materials from a third party.

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Wabash College Puts Books Where Students Shop: Online

Posted by Dean Asher on Sep 19, 2016 5:00:00 AM

As a liberal arts college for men with about 910 full-time students, Wabash College has been educating students in the Crawfordsville, Indiana area since 1832. But although they've had their own on-campus bookstore for much of that time, dwindling sales in an increasingly digital world forced the school to consider alternatives. After a visit to Hampden-Sydney College for an athletic event, College President Gregg Hess observed there were no books on the shelves at the campus store, and learned how effective an online course material store could be.

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BVCTC Improves Course Material Delivery and Customer Service to Students

Posted by Dean Asher on Aug 4, 2016 5:00:00 AM

When BridgeValley Community and Technical College's 2,000 full-time students attend classes online or at one of the school's two rural West Virginia campuses, they come from many different walks of life.

Some are straight out of high school looking to earn credits at the public two-year community college before transferring to a four-year university. Others are workers who originally graduated from college 20 years ago and are seeking a new certification to pursue a promotion in an engineering or nursing career. Some students have unfortunately been laid off and need to transition into another line of work.

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