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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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Digital content is an important piece of the course materials puzzle. It provides students with options, savings and interactive learning. When choosing whether to adopt an eBook, alternative content or a custom course pack, it is critical to understand the ins and outs of each option so you can make the best decision for your school.
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.
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.