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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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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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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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Really, Truly, Actually Required Reading

Posted by Lori Reese on May 7, 2018 5:30:00 AM

It only takes a small act of imagination to understand why an inclusive access textbook model — a single fee that includes books in the cost of tuition — serves students and faculty well.

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Streamline Adoptions With Course Director

Posted by Liz Schulte on Mar 29, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Multitasking is a way of life, especially for teachers and administrators. Rarely are there enough hours in the day to do everything you need to do. While course materials adoptions are important for a variety of reasons, managing them often becomes one more task that takes precious hours.

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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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3 Reasons Inclusive Access Benefits Students

Posted by Liz Schulte on Mar 1, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Getting the right course materials in students’ hands before the start of class has increasingly become a challenge for schools. Some students decide course materials are not a necessary expense, threatening their overall success. Others make purchases from unvetted third-party sellers which can lead to the wrong books, poor conditions, counterfeits and lengthy backorders that leave students without the necessary materials for class. Inclusive access provides schools a way to simplify course materials distribution for students and schools alike.

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Why We Still Need Print in a Digital World

Posted by Liz Schulte on Feb 14, 2018 5:30:00 AM

In the print vs. digital debate, it is easy to take sides based on personal preference. I love books: the smell, the feel, the experience, etc. However, over the last few years, my personal reading habits have shifted. Most of my reading now happens digitally. It doesn’t make me love books less, but it has given me an appreciation for the convenience of digital. When it comes to the print vs digital debate, I tend to be of the mind that the reader should choose. However, research has demonstrated that reading comprehension improves with print texts.

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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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Are Course Packs the Right Option for You?

Posted by Liz Schulte on Oct 24, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Schools want to provide students with the best, most well-rounded education possible. In a perfect world, a teacher could draw from multiple sources and develop a syllabus that was specifically designed for the class he/she wanted to teach without costing students more money. However, asking students to purchase multiple course materials for each class is often met with resistance in no small part due to finances. Students are increasingly unhappy with the cost of course materials—especially when the whole text isn’t used. MBS Direct’s eText Builder offers faculty way to provide students with all the materials they need at a fraction of the cost.  

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