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Quality Counts: Why Faculty Need Streamlined OER

Posted by Lori Reese on Jul 12, 2018 5:30:00 AM

State legislators and administrators alike wonder why faculty aren’t clamoring to use Open Educational Resources. Though the academic community has been abuzz with talk of OER for years, research shows teachers have been slow to latch onto the trend.

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The Unexpected Longevity of Print

Posted by Lori Reese on Jul 11, 2018 5:30:00 AM

When the iPad® first appeared in 2010, I was among those who believed print texts were going the way of vinyl. Print might fulfill the longings of future collectors and fetishists, I thought, but for those of us whose profession relied on books, the practical attractions of a digital library would trump any sentimental attachment to the gleam of a paperback spine.

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Spotlight: Jennifer Relles — the OER Solution Right for You

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jun 12, 2018 5:30:00 AM

This week we had the pleasure of sitting down with MBS Direct’s Publisher Relations Coordinator Jennifer Relles to discuss OER. Jennifer has been with MBS for five years and loves helping clients discover the ins and outs of OER services and low-cost digital content alternatives.

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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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How Enhanced eBooks Can Save Reading

Posted by Lori Reese on May 15, 2018 5:30:00 AM

It’s a disease schools must cure: Undergraduates hate reading.

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How to Simplify Your School’s Access Codes

Posted by Liz Schulte on May 2, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Access codes can be a complicated piece of the course materials puzzle. Making sure students not only have what they need but are also able to access their materials for class can be frustrating. Every publisher has its own way of handling these codes, which can lead to confusion when working with multiple publishers. Below, find our best practices for simplifying your school’s access codes to make sure your semester starts without a hitch.

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Print Versus Digital: What Does the Latest Research Tell Us?

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 30, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Although current surveys show that faculty have no preference about whether students buy digital or print books, that could change in light of new research from a pair of reading experts at the University of Maryland.

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OER by the Numbers

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 3, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Get the definitive guide to open educational resources.

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Spotlight Sean O’Connor: The OER Middle Ground

Posted by Lori Reese on Feb 27, 2018 5:30:00 AM

As textbook prices rise, more schools are looking for effective digital solutions. These include anything from inclusive access programs to free open educational resources to alternative content, which often combines OER with materials like digital courseware. Alternative content streamlines the adoption and implementation process for faculty.

We sat down with alternative content expert, BNED LoudCloud’s marketing manager Sean O’Connor, to discuss digital trends, faculty interest in cost-effective materials and how digital courseware and analytics can boost student outcomes.

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Integrate Success With Outstanding Simplified Solutions

Posted by Liz Schulte on Feb 22, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Course materials are an essential part of learning. Whether or not students have their materials can affect their overall experience in the class and with the school. A student without the required text will fall behind and cause extra work for their instructors. Integrations provide school as a way to simplify distribution and help ensure every student has the necessary materials.

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