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29 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
Survey Says, Digital Course Materials are Here to Stay
Join us as we break down the results of the most recent Student Watch Survey conducted by the National Association of College Stores. We sit down with Brittany Conley, Research Analyst at NACS, to digest the key data points. Listen in as we talk about the shift in course materials spending, how digital course materials expanded their reach, and what students are saying about the value of inclusive access programs.
24 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Dynamic Changes in Faculty Perceptions of Course Materials and New Technology
In this episode, we sit down with Brittany Conley, Research Analyst at the National Association of College Stores to digest the key data points from the most recent Faculty Watch Survey produced by NACS. Listen in to learn how course material costs are declining, how the LMS is taking the lead role with faculty, and how faculty preferences are shifting from print to digital. This episode is packed full of fun data points that will have you looking at your course material strategy in new ways!
23 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Breaking Down the Financials of Going Digital
In this episode, we sit down with Julie Banks, Bookstore Director at the University of Dayton in Ohio, and Chad Stith, Retail Systems Program Manager at Verba | VitalSource to talk about the role digital is playing in course materials strategies across campus stores. Julie shares her wisdom and the outcomes of her decision to eliminate the physical rental program at her campus. Listen in as we talk about the financial impact as well as the student and stakeholder perceptions.
22 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
Data-Driven Strategies: ICBA 2021 Virtual Conference Edition
Listen in as Jared and Ryan sit down to answer your questions from their data-driven strategies presentation at the ICBA 2021 Virtual Conference. Hear how student purchasing trends have changed, inclusive access pricing continues to drive student savings, and the evolution equitable access will create for campus stores.
21 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Diving into Student's Digital Study Habits
In this episode, Jared chats with fellow data-nerd, Nick Brown, Director of Learning Platforms at VitalSource. Listen as Nick shares insight into student behaviors inside digital course materials, steps Campus Stores can take to increase engagement, and his vision for how the landscape will continue to evolve for digital course materials.
22 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
New Year, New Normal for Independent Campus Stores
Listen in as Ryan sits down with Ed Schlichenmayer, CEO of the National Association of College Stores to chat about what the new year holds for campus stores. Hear what innovative ideas are capturing the attention of NACS, insights on how campus stores will continue to evolve, and what to expect at the reimagined CAMEX 2021.
18 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Pivoting Your Course Material Marketing Strategy
Listen in as we sit down with Allison Hartel, the Assistant Director for Marketing and Outreach at CU Boulder Book Store to chat about all things marketing! Now more than ever, campus stores need to stay competitive in promoting their store offerings. In this episode, Allison shares all her insight and wisdom.
17 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
Fueling Digital Growth During Adverse Times
In this episode, we’re talking to Suzanne Donnelly from The Bronco Bookstore at Cal Poly, Pomona and our own very own Tom Hirtzel. Listen in as Suzanne shares how she worked to grow the store’s Instant Access program to achieve a 400% increase in IA adoptions for the recent fall term!
23 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
What's Next for the Independent Campus Store
Jon Bibo, CEO of ICBA, joins Jared to share his thoughts on ICBA’s evolving role, how the pandemic will shape the industry in the short and long term, and how stores are evolving to meet the moment. Need one more reason to listen? Hear Jon and Jared discuss their shared love of guitar and rock and roll.
16 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
The Changing Role of the Course Material Manager
The role of the course material manager has evolved as stores scale digital programs. What does that look like for course material managers? We chatted with Dave Urbany, Textbook Manager from West Chester University Campus Store, to learn about the changes happening in his day-to-day responsibilities.
17 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
Behind the Scenes of Data Driven Strategies
2020 may not have gone as most of us planned, but campus store teams have shown resilience and the ability to pivot quickly. Join Jared and Ryan as they share their perspective on what stores have done to successfully adapt to the ever-changing environment and what trends they think are here to stay.
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