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2018 in Review: We're in a Digital-First World

Posted by Pep Carrera on January 15, 2019

Woman looking at computer and iPhone. Photo by William Iven on Unsplash.As we enter 2019 and return to school and work, it’s clear that we’re finally in a digital-first world for learning materials.

Our internal stats really illustrate this macro trend. At this time last year, we had enabled a total of 7.8 million learners to access the learning materials that enabled them to excel in their pursuit of new skills and degrees. Now, we’ve almost doubled that number with over 15 million active learners; we rank in the top few hundred websites in the world during our busiest periods..

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Making OER Easy

Posted by Blair Tuckman on October 03, 2018

ellyot-588064-unsplashInstitutions across the country are looking for ways to reduce the cost of education. One of the many options available to do this is open educational resources (OER). However, institutions frequently report challenges with OER discoverability, accessibility, and ease of distribution. With careful planning and the right tools, OER can be part of your digital course materials program—and your campus can get the same benefits as those offered by traditional content.

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Tips for Teaching with Bookshelf

Posted by Blair Tuckman on August 01, 2018

300x300 A Master Class in Teaching Digital course materials are more robust, interactive, and valuable than many realize. Research shows that 60% of students feel that digital learning technology—like Bookshelf®, the world’s leading digital content platform—has improved their grades. Additionally, 88% believe they get better grades with interactive content vs. print.

But to maximize the impact of these tools, it takes an instructor who is comfortable teaching with digital. One way to achieve this is to learn from other instructors like Hannah Mullis, Adjunct Instructor of Communication at William Peace University.

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Op-ed: The villain cheating students and faculty

Posted by Mike Hale, Ph.D. on July 02, 2018

This op-ed was originally published on eCampus News on June 13, 2018.

Op-ed: The villain cheating students and facultyThere is a pervasive villain that strikes at the very heart of higher education. Its wound is painless yet powerful; victims don’t even know their academic life has been crippled until it’s too late. 

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Increasing retention with tools that fit the needs of modern students

Posted by Vanessa Boddington on June 04, 2018

Increasing retention with tools that fit the needs of modern studentsHigher education in the United Kingdom is changing, and a number of factors are contributing to this. The steady rise in tuition fees means that students are beginning to view university in a different light. Gone are the days when higher education institutions are simply viewed as “cathedrals of learning.” Instead, modern students have an increasingly transactional view of university. Student satisfaction and value for money is high on their agenda, and moves are being made by industry bodies in order to evaluate both these areas for prospective students.

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