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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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Spotlight: Jim Luecke How Student Savings Impacts Student Success

Posted by Liz Schulte on Nov 7, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Jim Luecke is a strategic sales consultant for MBS. In the over 12 years he has worked with schools and stores, Jim has collected an abundance of industry knowledge. He uses that expertise to help schools find course materials distribution solutions that best suite their unique needs and situations. We sat down with him to discuss where he sees the industry heading and what trends are gaining momentum as he visits schools across the country.   

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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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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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Quality Counts: Why Faculty Need Streamlined OER

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

State legislators and administrators alike wonder why faculty aren’t clamoring to use Open Educational Resources. Though the academic community has been abuzz with talk of OER for years, research shows teachers have been slow to latch onto the trend.

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The Pros and Cons of OER

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 2, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Open Educational Resources are a hot topic in education. Students need ways to lower costs. Naturally, they look to schools to provide them with better solutions. In turn, many schools look to OER to help accomplish that goal. However, these no-cost options are just a piece of the course materials puzzle.

Let’s look at strengths and weaknesses of OER.

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Email Courses Offer 25-Minute Digital Learning Education

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Feb 1, 2017 5:30:00 AM

MBS Direct has taken a new approach to educating school administration … sending the class directly to you via email. Understanding key concepts, such as digital content options and Open Educational Resources (OER,) has been a challenge for some, and the free email courses are designed to give you a high-overview lesson in each segment, in five minutes per day or less.

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MBS Direct – 2016; The Year in Review

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Jan 20, 2017 12:03:20 PM

2016 was a busy year for MBS Direct with highlights including the introduction of a new Online Bookstore, more student savings on course materials and a new email course designed to make learning about digital options quick and easy.

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Alternative Content; Saving Money with Increased Options

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Jan 11, 2017 5:30:00 AM

What are the ingredients for perfect course materials? Start with something created by subject matter experts, add short, interesting videos, include embedded questions so you know how students are moving through the material and make it all customizable so you can tweak it in the future. Mix well and what do we get? Junction Education.

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