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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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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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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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Good Fortune: Raising Your School’s Profile in China Could Elevate the Bottom Line

Posted by Lori Reese on May 9, 2018 5:30:00 AM

As enrollment numbers decline, schools are looking abroad for ways to build the bottom line. Among the international students that flock to the U.S. no country represents more strongly than China. Chinese students in America numbered 304,000 as of 2014-2015, according to Institute of International Education (IIE) annual report. That total had increased five times in a decade and is expected to continue growing.

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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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Four Ways MBS Direct Makes Marketing Your Buyback Easier

Posted by Liz Schulte on Apr 23, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Buyback is a great way for students and families to save money on the cost of their course materials, which increases their satisfaction with their educational experience. However, a lot is happening at the end of the semester, making it far too easy for buyback to come and go without students being aware it happened. With the hectic end-of-year pace, MBS Direct wants to make it as simple as possible for you and your students to have a great buyback.

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Preparing Students for Careers

Posted by Liz Schulte on Apr 19, 2018 10:30:00 AM

The worldwide growth of artificial intelligence will change the job requirements of future generations. Preparing students to be successful in an increasingly digital world requires more than a college degree. Students need to start developing computer science skills at least by high school if not sooner. It will better prepare them for almost any future career they decide to pursue.

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What Can the Right LMS Do for Student Success?

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 10, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Love them or hate them: Learning management systems are here to stay.

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Ed Tech Showdown

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

Google, Microsoft and Apple are vying for the coveted K–12 market. These three corporate giants have products and services they say will help overwhelmed educators carry their workload, boost student achievement and increase student interest. In some ways, all the products offer similar solutions, but there are also differences in the functions they are capable of supporting. Today, we are going to break down what each product is capable of achieving in the classroom.  

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