Groups work to broaden digital courseware based on OER
MBS Direct and Junction Education are working together to expand access to affordable, comprehensive digital courseware based on open education resources (OER).
MBS Direct’s Higher Ed partners will now have access to Junction’s library of college courses and its authoring platform. This continues to extend the range of affordable options MBS Direct has available to clients spanning rental and used textbooks, eBooks and digital materials.
“Junction’s curated courses are an outstanding option to support campus-wide efforts for affordable blended and fully online learning options,” said Bill Dampier, President & COO, MBS Direct. “We’re impressed by Junction’s ease of use, customization capabilities and rich analytics—all in an affordable package helping to reduce burdens on today’s time and budget-pressured students.”
“We’re pleased to work with one of the leaders in distribution of learning materials to colleges and universities to expand access to our growing range of courses,” said Vineet Madan, Founder & CEO, Junction Education. “We’ve already helped students save more than $300,000 and have saved instructors thousands of hours of effort sourcing, evaluating and integrating OER into courses that 4 out of 5 students prefer to alternatives.”
Junction’s features include:
– Closed captioned rich media with supporting terms and definitions
– Auto-graded assessments with 30+ item types
– Insight centers for faculty and students so they can use real-time data to adjust the class experience
– Integration with any LTI-compliant learning management system
– A proprietary early alert system that drives engagement by reaching students where they are—on their smartphones—via SMS and email
“After utilizing Junction Education in Psychology courses at UNM-Taos for over a year, students find the online materials extremely engaging, informative and up to date. And of course the cost savings serve as the icing on the cake,” said Dr. Randi Archuleta, Dean of Instruction at University of New Mexico Taos. Junction is already in use by over two dozen colleges and universities including University of New Mexico Taos, Luzerne County Community College, and Montclair State University.