MBS Direct Logojunction-logo-web-small                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MBS Direct and Junction Education Partner to Scale Access to Engaging, OER-Based Courseware to Colleges and Universities Columbia, Missouri - May 25, 2016 - 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. About Junction Education: Since 2014, Junction Education has been making available engaging, affordable and easy to use high-quality courses in areas such as Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Biology and History that 82% of students prefer to alternatives. For more information about Junction Education, visit www.junctioneducation.com. About MBS Direct MBS Direct, LLC is the industry leader in providing online bookstores with comprehensive print and digital inventories of course materials. Since 1992, MBS Direct’s tools, services and dedicated staff have provided fulfillment, consultation and research into the future of educational materials for more than 750 higher educational and K-12 institutions. Through cost saving initiatives, MBS Direct served more than 660,000 students in 2015, saving them over $57 million. For more information about MBS Direct, visit www.mbsdirect.net.   Media Contacts: Junction Education Vineet Madan vineet@junctioneducation.com 866-830-0400 x700   MBS Direct Wendy Gish wgish@mbsdirect.net 573-445-2243   ###