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The Pros and Cons of OER

Posted by Liz Schulte on 12/5/17 5:30 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.

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Print Versus Digital: What Does the Latest Research Tell Us?

Posted by Lori Reese on 11/20/17 5:30 AM

Although current surveys show 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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The Unexpected Longevity of Print

Posted by Lori Reese on 8/18/17 5:30 AM

When the iPad® first appeared in 2010, I was among those who believed print texts were going the way of vinyl. Print might fulfill the longings of future collectors and fetishists, I thought, but for those of us whose profession relied on books, the practical attractions of a digital library would trump any sentimental attachment to the gleam of a paperback spine.

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UNM Bookstore Ditches Traditional Margins, Adds Price Comparison and Sees Big Boost in Unit Sales

Posted by Dean Asher on 7/24/17 5:30 AM

University of New Mexico Bookstore Director Carrie Mitchell jokes that sometimes she thinks her state is a little behind the curve of textbook trends. When sales started to stagnate and decline for stores nationwide five or six years ago, as students flocked toward perceived better deals online, the UNM Bookstore remained steady.

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Adapting to Digital

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/31/17 5:30 AM

When digital publishing became widely available, the major publishers ignored it. Then eBooks started making headlines, and the industry began to grow at incredible rates. Still, traditional publishers were slow to react. The consensus was that publishers had “five years” to get in front of the issue even though they were already five years behind.

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Email Courses Offer 25-Minute Digital Learning Education

Posted by Jason Smallheer on 2/2/17 5:30 AM

MBS Direct has taken a new approach to educating faculty about available content options your customers are using … sending a class directly to their 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 provide a high overview lesson in each segment, in five minutes per day. As a retailer of course materials, this information is useful to store managers as well.

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What the Increase in Distance Learning Means for Your School, and Your Brick-and-mortar Store

Posted by Dean Asher on 11/24/16 5:00 AM

An interesting new statistic is reassuring news for private higher ed institutions that saw their "inevitable downfall" being forecast a few months ago: Distance learners are on the rise at institutions nationally, and it's proving to be a major revenue stream.

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What Your Store Needs to Know about the Latest Instructional Tech Survey

Posted by Dean Asher on 10/11/16 9:04 AM

The majority of faculty members nationwide are increasing their use of technology in the classroom. That's great news for your store.

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Are Students Being Priced Out Of a Higher Education? [White Paper]

Posted by Dean Asher on 6/22/16 5:00 AM

Whether they like it or not, students are most likely going to need their textbooks if they want to be as successful as possible in their pursuit of higher education. But with the costs of both tuition and course materials rising exponentially above the rate of inflation, are students able to afford to be successful? According to figures from the United States Department of Labor and CollegeBoard.org, from 1986 to 2014, overall inflation rose by 115%, but tuition and fees increased by 365% and college textbooks have gone up by 82% in just the last 10 years.

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Drive Traffic to Your Store and Incentivize Students to Put Their Phones Down with Pocket Points

Posted by Joe Clarkin on 5/10/16 11:00 PM

We all recognize that smartphone usage is nearly ubiquitous across the country. The total number of owners is expected to surpass 200 million in the United States, and 2 billion worldwide in 2016. Those statistics, of course, encompass people of all ages and backgrounds – when you start to segment those users by shared traits, the numbers can seem even more overwhelming.

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