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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.