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War of the Wireless Devices

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 19, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Which works best in the classroom — iPads™ or Chromebooks? Educators have debated that ever since Apple’s tablet and Google’s laptop first appeared on the market in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

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5 Ways a Campus Text Messaging Program Can Work for You

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 18, 2018 5:30:00 AM

If you want to get student communications right, you probably suspect issuing a school email isn’t enough. Email remains a fabulous vehicle for the deskbound: office workers check theirs about 30 times an hour. But for those on the go — like students and faculty — it's unreliable.

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Managing Unmanageable Employees

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 13, 2018 5:30:00 AM

A toxic employee makes the daily stresses of the education world unbearable. Already, tensions abound with faculty politics, student and family financial concerns — not to mention issues regarding enrollment and retention. These workers create chaos, lower morale and inspire your best employees to quit.

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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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How to Write the Perfect Bookstore Customer Service Survey (If Your Students Aren't Being Asked Already)

Posted by Dean Asher on Jun 11, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Customer service and the overall bookstore experience is a cornerstone to survival in a competitive market. That's why MBS Direct continually sends out customer service surveys to your students and families to continue to improve and ensure they stay happy.

But if you're operating your own store or are using another online bookstore, you may need to take matters into your own hands.

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Crowdfunding’s Impact on Giving to Education

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jun 8, 2018 5:30:00 AM

What if your school could raise more than $2 million in less than 48 hours without making a single phone call? Not only is it possible, one school has already done it. Philanthropic giving to education is increasing, and crowdfunding has changed the way donors are being reached. Nothing is going to replace personal relationships built between development officers and active alumni when soliciting large donations. This change comes in the form of small to moderate-sized contributions and the opportunity the internet provides to reach a much larger group of alumni and potential donors interested in the work your school is doing. Many higher education and K-12 schools have already started to see the impact of crowdfunding on their development efforts.

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10 Things You Need to Know About Nontraditional Students

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 7, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Let’s pretend I’m a nontraditional student. It may be hard to picture me, because nontraditional students come from a variety of backgrounds: we are veterans just back from Afghanistan, professionals over age 25 returning to school because we want to change careers or because we’re looking for advancement, and first-generation students fresh out of high school. We are also those enrolled primarily in online classes and holders of GEDs.

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Mapping Student Buying Habits: A Comparison of MBS Direct Distribution Options [Infographic]

Posted by Dean Asher on May 24, 2018 4:30:00 PM

Here's a short refresher about the options available to ensure your students have the materials they need when they need them.  

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Is AI the Future of Education?

Posted by Liz Schulte on May 23, 2018 5:30:00 AM

When the term artificial intelligence is used, it is easy for the mind to wander to Isaac Asimov’s foreboding stories that contemplate when humans will become obsolete. However, artificial intelligence is already a part of most Americans' everyday life. When we use an ATM over a teller at the bank, check our smartphones or ask Alexa® for the forecast, we encounter technology designed to make our lives easier. What is on the horizon for AI advancements in education? With giants like IBM, Google, Apple and Facebook taking an interest in ed tech, will AI permeate education the way it has other industries? Today, we will explore developments in ed tech and how AI could change the way people learn.

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5 Hidden Problems an Online Bookstore Solves

Posted by Lori Reese on May 17, 2018 5:30:00 AM

I had witnessed the convenience of an online bookstore first-hand as a college instructor, but it wasn’t until I visited a brick-and-mortar college store during rush that I realized how much can go wrong while a student is doing something as seemingly simple as buying a textbook. I thought that listing the book, the author and the ISBN number on my syllabus was more than enough to ensure students had their course materials in time for my class. Little did I know.

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