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Trending Topics in Education Podcast - Bolles [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Jun 5, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Carrie Watkins: At the Atlas Conference in April, we talked with Jennifer Moore, an instructional designer at the Bolles School, about what it means to be a guide for students and faculty, as well as the energy that education needs right now. With all the advances of the past few years about how we approach classroom education, Jennifer talks about how it's hard not to be excited about the future of education.

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Trending Topics in Education Podcast - EcoRise [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on May 1, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Carrie Watkins: For the past eight years, EcoRise Youth Innovations has been helping students recognize they can make an impact on their environment. In this podcast with Jonathan Stott, deputy director with EcoRise Youth Innovations, we discuss the importance of introducing ecoliteracy and sustainability topics across the curriculum. Jonathan talks about giving students hands-on experience with projects that directly affect their schools and communities and giving students experience with potential career paths they may not have otherwise explored.

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Trending Topics in Education Podcast - SkyePack [Podcast]

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Mar 27, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Faculty members are looking for more customization options to align their content with the learning objectives of the course. However, limited time for research and resources makes it difficult for some to build a course pack from scratch. SkyPack is offering more customization and more control over pricing.

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6 Questions Faculty Have About Creating Custom Course Materials

Posted by Kate Seat on Mar 21, 2017 5:30:00 AM

There are a variety of reasons to consider creating a custom course pack, including lowering the cost of course materials for students and adopting more curriculum-specific content. And there are different ways to create this custom content, ranging from completely hands-on (where the instructor chooses each resource individually), to a concierge approach, which engages a team of experts to complete the entire process. So why aren't more instructors choosing this option?

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6 Questions Faculty Have About Creating Custom Course Materials

Posted by Kate Seat on Sep 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

There are a variety of reasons to consider creating a custom course pack, including lowering the cost of course materials for students and adopting more curriculum-specific content. And there are many different ways to create this custom content, ranging from completely hands-on (where the instructor chooses each resource individually), to a concierge approach, which engages a team of experts to complete the entire process. So why aren't more instructors choosing this option? 

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Trending Topics in Education: LAD Custom Publishing [Podcast]

Posted by Kate Seat on Feb 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

In our conversation with Lance Liggin with LAD Custom Publishing, we'll talk about the importance of giving faculty the flexibility and control over their material, and the cost of that material through custom course packs. Lance will also touch on a new partnership that they have with a company that produces game-based simulations aligned specifically to your course objectives.

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It's Alive!! Custom Course Materials, Now Even Easier

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Dec 10, 2015 6:00:00 AM

By creating custom course materials, your faculty and staff can provide on-point, cost-effective materials that reflect your curriculum more precisely. And now it's even easier to assemble the right resources — find out how:

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4 Key Ways to Increase Affordability for K-12 Families

Posted by Kate Seat on Oct 6, 2015 8:48:24 AM

When it comes to your institution's mission or core values, does affordability for your families play an important role? Are the cost of textbooks equivalent to the value they're providing? Is your families' perspective the same as yours? 

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XanEdu and MBS Direct Partnership Aims to Provide Easy and Affordable Custom Course Material Solutions to Higher Ed and K-12 Markets

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Sep 24, 2015 9:05:00 AM
Ann Arbor, Mich.-- XanEdu, Inc. and MBS Direct have partnered to provide a streamlined way to adopt, manage and deliver high-quality custom textbooks to the education market. MBS Direct integrated and launched a white label version, called eText Builder, of XanEdu’s Customization Platform. eText Builder allows faculty to provide course materials specifically tailored to their class objectives, meanwhile reducing the high cost of traditional textbooks.
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Best Practices for Creating OERs

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Aug 17, 2015 10:52:00 AM
Incorporating OERs is a great way to help your students save — and to refresh your existing curriculum. However, if you just can't seem to find the right resource, it may be time to create your own!
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