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Integrate Success With Outstanding Simplified Solutions

Posted by Liz Schulte on Dec 4, 2017 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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Spotlight Sean O’Connor: The OER Middle Ground

Posted by Lori Reese on Nov 30, 2017 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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OER by the Numbers

Posted by Lori Reese on Nov 21, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Get the definitive guide to open educational resources.

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

Posted by Lori Reese on Nov 20, 2017 5:30:00 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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Spotlight Kim Miner:  The Branding Piece of the Puzzle

Posted by Lori Reese on Nov 13, 2017 5:30:00 AM

With over 13 years in the course materials industry, MBS sales consultant Kim Miner has amassed an abundance of wisdom. We sat down with her to discuss the rapidly-changing industry — inclusive access, OER, hybrid store solutions and the future of digital.

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How St. Bernard High School’s STEM Program Fuels Success

Posted by Liz Schulte on Nov 6, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education have a lasting impact on students’ lives. To make sure all students are given their best chance to succeed, St. Bernard High School offers the only single-gender STEM program within a Catholic co-educational setting in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Heather Carmody, STEM Coordinator and STEM Department Chair at St. Bernard High School, spoke with us about their STEM program and how it enhances the student experience and helps foster a love of science and mathematics in students.

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The Struggle With Personalized Learning

Posted by Liz Schulte on Oct 10, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Personalized learning is a hot-button topic in education. The initiative has many proponents who believe in the benefits tailored education offers: Bill Gates, Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings — just to name a few. For years, the topic has been in the news, but change has come slowly, if at all. What will it take for personalized education to gain a better foothold in more classrooms?

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How Enhanced eBooks Can Save Reading

Posted by Lori Reese on Oct 4, 2017 5:30:00 AM

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

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OER Email Course; Digital Learning to Your Inbox

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Sep 19, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Understanding course material options available to your faculty and students is the first step in keeping student costs down, ensuring materials are in their hands when they need them which results in higher student success rates. In an effort to educate and offer clarity about digital offerings, MBS Direct has released another complimentary email course focusing on Open Educational Resources (OER).

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Spotlight: Jennifer Relles — the OER Solution Right for You

Posted by Liz Schulte on Sep 12, 2017 8:47:55 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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