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Can Microsoft Overtake Google’s Classroom Dominance?

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jun 28, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Earlier this month, at the company’s EDU event, Microsoft revealed they are returning to the world of education in a big way. Introducing new equipment, apps and pedagogical innovation that could give Google a run for the top spot, competing on all levels — including cost.

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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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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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What Do Statistics Reveal About Educators and Social Media?

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 25, 2018 5:30:00 AM

There are reasons why less than half of educators surveyed use social media as a classroom tool. Cyber-bullies, worried parents and the wish to further students’ non-electronic interpersonal skills may top the list.

Statistics show some teachers also fear students’ superior aptitude with the technology. Others simply feel incompetent with ed tech.

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What's the Best Way to Measure Online Success?

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

Bounce rate, page views, conversions, sessions, SEO: What does it all mean? Website analytics can be intimidating. Yet, administrators must have a grasp on essential online metrics if they hope to make smart decisions about what to invest in marketing.

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Why Are Faculty Often at War With Administrators?

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

Let’s say you’ve formed a committee to discuss your school’s transition from a brick-and-mortar college store to an online course material distributor. You’ve looked at the numbers. You’ve done your due diligence. It’s obvious to you the new bookstore will serve students better and further academic success — things that should matter to faculty. Yet, the academics on your committee are recalcitrant. They’re constantly throwing out verbal grenades that undermine efficient decision-making. What’s going on?

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Spotlight Bill Love: The No. 1 Challenge for K–12 Schools

Posted by Lori Reese on Nov 28, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As a regional sales manager working with K–12 schools on the East Coast, Bill Love has a unique perspective on the changes and disruptors in the education industry. He helps all kinds of institutions — from the most established to the up-and-comers — find course materials solutions that serve their families, support student success and lower costs. We sat down to discuss the challenges private schools are facing right now and how the official school bookstore affects student outcomes and an institution’s financial viability.

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How Do You Maximize Social Media in the Classroom?

Posted by Lori Reese on Nov 9, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Let’s say, as academic dean, department chair or head of school, you’re persuaded that introducing social media in the classroom has undeniable advantages. You know your students’ lives are brimming with online interaction. You want to bring that enthusiasm to school. You want to ensure skills and ethics students develop under your roof also apply to the virtual world.

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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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MBS Direct: Your Partner in Rush

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Aug 15, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Rush season is upon you. Students have a week, or two, before classes start. You want to ensure they have the course materials they need to point them towards success in the classroom, but you don’t need to do it alone.

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