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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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The Rental Reference

Posted by Liz Schulte on Oct 17, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Rentals offer students upfront savings on their course materials, but not all rental programs are created equal. It is important to make sure you find the right rental program that meets your school’s individual needs.

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Streamline Adoptions With Course Director

Posted by Liz Schulte on Oct 9, 2017 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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Hear What Others Are Saying About MBS Direct

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 29, 2017 5:30:00 AM

MBS Direct’s ease, convenience, cost-savings and support provides K–12 partner schools the digital flexibility they need to reach new educational heights. 

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A Look at How Students Buy Course Materials

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

Course materials have a vital role to play in the success of a student’s education. However, making sure students have what they need when they need it is a concern. With the growing cost of education and student financial struggles, it’s important to understand their buying habits and their preferences when looking for solutions.

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The Pros and Cons of OER

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 2, 2017 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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Really, Truly, Actually Required Reading

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 18, 2017 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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