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Are Course Packs the Right Option for You?

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

Providing students with the best, well-rounded education possible is the most important factor in education. 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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3 Reasons Inclusive Access Benefits Students

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 31, 2017 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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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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Schreiner University’s Course Materials Solution

Posted by Liz Schulte on Mar 20, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As a small, traditional, liberal arts college in the heart of Texas Hill Country, Schreiner University prides itself on serving a diverse population of students in a personalized manner. The faculty and administration know each student and are invested in their success at school, as well as in their lives. They are dedicated to shaping the educational experience to suit the students’ needs as well as giving them the tools necessary to accomplish their goals.

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Print and Digital Course Materials; The Iceberg Drifts On

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Mar 10, 2017 5:30:00 AM

The search for a clear winner in the battle for course material supremacy drags on. During the last 12 months there have been surveys and studies conducted with the goal of determining which direction students are moving in their preference, and like a search for the Loch Ness Monster, the picture is fuzzy.

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