Students Say Navigate 2 eBooks “are fantastic”

Nav2eBookinLaptopAre you searching for a more interactive and collaborative learning and teaching experience? Look no further than our new eBooks included with Navigate 2 course materials.

Available on computers, tablets, and mobile devices, Navigate 2 eBooks allow students to read their textbooks both online and offline, enhance their learning with interactive tools, and make and share personal notes.

“The features in the eBook are fantastic and I haven’t seen any other eBooks that have similar features.” – Student Review

All eBooks also contain ungraded knowledge checks and graded assessments throughout the chapter and an end-of-chapter graded quiz to gauge comprehension. In addition, Navigate 2 tracks and captures all user interaction in an easy-to-use data dashboard.

What are you waiting for? Learn more at or watch our new Navigate 2 eBook video now:

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Jones & Bartlett Learning Releases New White Paper on Shifting Perspectives on eBooks

whitepaperpageoneOver the past several years, there has been a notable shift in attitudes among instructors and students towards digital products that enhance learning, especially eBooks. In our new white paper, we examine these shifting views to show that both instructors and students favor digital learning solutions, particularly the Jones & Bartlett Learning Navigate eFolio and interactive eBook available within Navigate 2. What’s more, through surveys and focus group research, we can demonstrate how Navigate products have increased student engagement and improved learning outcomes. Read the full white paper now.

Instructor and Student Attitudes Towards eBooks

In May 2013, Jones & Bartlett Learning surveyed nearly 1,000 instructors about their digital courseware preferences and expectations. Encompassing 10 disciplines from both higher education and vocational education, the survey included instructors representing: Allied Health Professions, Automotive, Biological Science, Computer Science, Emergency Medical Services, Fire, Health Administration, Health Science, Nursing, and Public Health. The purpose of the survey was to learn more about the types of products that today’s instructors need in order to develop online learning solutions that best meet teaching and learning requirements. While the majority of instructors surveyed said they preferred printed textbooks, the data showed that their attitudes are changing. For example, while 17% of instructors said they had adopted digital resources in the past year, 32% are planning to adopt them next year.

More than 80% of instructors who were surveyed said that high quality videos, case study activities, and simulations were highly useful because they not only support their teaching but also provide their students with real world experiences at a low cost. Images and rich media are found to have a motivational effect on learning, while fostering long-term memory by helping students organize and structure information. The Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning (Mayer, 2001) states that:

  • First, learners have to select relevant information from text
  • Second, organize it in a meaningful way by building connections
  • Third, integrate it by establishing these connections

Annotations such as highlights or notes can help build these connections. Other resources provided in interactive eBooks, such as videos or animations, further support these connections.


Navigate 2 supports the Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning through its eBook with interactive tools and note-taking capability, virtual study center with practice activities and flashcards, built-in homework and testing assessment center, and dashboards that provide access to detailed reports.

Additional third-party research conducted over the past several years reinforces the shift toward eBooks and their positive impact on the student learning experience. Lim & Hew (2014) looked at the usefulness of eBooks with annotative and sharing capabilities and how they provided opportunities for students to connect with their peers online. The sample consisted of 36 secondary school students in Singapore. The students used the annotation and collaboration features for two weeks and were asked to reflect on their experiences. The majority of students (24) endorsed the content sharing aspect of the eBook and close to half (15) said that it made learning a more social experience. Overall, more students had a positive experience than a negative experience with the interactive eBook. However, some experienced an initial disconnect or were overwhelmed by the technology.

In addition, research from the Book Industry Study Group has shown that students’ preference for print over digital texts has dropped from 72 percent in 2011 to 60 percent in 2012. During the same time period, the number of students owning tablets, which enable them to read eBooks, rose from 26 percent to 37 percent. With 60 percent of students still preferring traditional textbooks, United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s call for our nation to move swiftly toward digital textbooks in order to keep up with other countries might sound somewhat over-ambitious. However, the market is rapidly moving in this direction. Tim Stookesberry, Vice President at John Wiley & Sons publishing, said in a recent interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education that he sees signs of a fast transition from a print to a digital world, with less than 50 percent of the company’s higher education revenue still coming from “pure print.” This number is down more than 5 percent from two years ago.

PricewaterhouseCoopers found in a recent study that the market for eBooks (not just eTextbooks) has grown rapidly over the past few years. In 2009, the electronic book market share was 2.9 percent; by 2012 it had increased to 14.9 percent, and it is projected to rise to 22.5 percent in 2015. These trends show that readers across all generations are getting more and more accustomed to the electronic format. Similarly, Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director of Digital Book World has reported that eBook revenue across the publishing industry has more than doubled in the past few years, from $869 million in 2010 to $2 billion in 2011. This trend opposes the one currently seen in print publishing.

Impact on Student Learning & Engagement

Case study research from Jones & Bartlett Learning demonstrates that students prefer interactive eBooks over printed textbooks after a successful user experience.


For example, the Jones & Bartlett Learning Navigate eFolio, an easy-to-use interactive eBook that combines authoritative content with enhanced learning activities™, has been shown to have a positive impact on student learning and engagement. In the fall of 2013, we pilot tested Navigate eFolio: Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge with two instructors and 65 students from Darton State College and The University of Texas at Tyler on their experiences using the product.

More than 80% of students said that Navigate eFolio: Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge prepared them well for class, was enjoyable to use, and helped them study more efficiently. Also, nearly all students were glad they used the product and would recommend it to students for future use. Of the students participating in the pilot study, 89% agreed that the product was a helpful learning tool. Most importantly, the findings could show with data that those students who accessed the product more frequently were also the higher performers. For example, Darton State College students receiving an “A” in class accessed the product more frequently (on average 20 times more over the duration of the semester) than students receiving a “B or below.” This difference was statistically significant. For more information, view the poster presented at the 2014 ATI Nurse Educator Summit.

Student Testimonials:

“[Navigate eFolio] provided quicker access than using an actual book.”

“[I] enjoyed the ease of reading the book online—much easier to pull it up on any computer than carrying the book around.”

“The information is readily available without having to flip through pages of the book. I really enjoyed using Navigate eFolio .”

“Navigate eFolio had tools that allowed me to take notes, highlight areas, print, and save subject material.”

“[In Navigate eFolio] things were very easy to get to, so I didn’t spend a lot of time searching.”

“Being able to look up things easily [in Navigate eFolio] instead of flipping through the book was helpful.”

Leading the Way in Interactive eBooks with Navigate 2

Nav2eBookinLaptopNavigate 2 transforms how students learn and instructors teach by bringing together authoritative and interactive content aligned to course objectives, with student practice activities and assessments, study planning and remediation, and learning analytics reporting tools.

In addition, Navigate 2 course materials include a complete eBook that provides a personal, interactive, and collaborative learning experience on computers, tablets, and mobile devices. With embedded enhancements, such as videos, animations, and related documents, the eBook reinforces key concepts. All eBooks also contain ungraded knowledge checks and graded assessments throughout the chapter and an end-of-chapter graded quiz to gauge comprehension. What’s more, written and voice notes can be shared with peers or learners enrolled in a course, while highlights and bookmarks can be created for future reference. In addition, all user interaction with the eBook is tracked and captured in a data dashboard for learners and educators.

Navigate 2 Focus Groups Results

From January to May 2014, Jones & Bartlett Learning conducted focus groups with instructors and students on Navigate 2. Overall, four instructor and two student focus groups were conducted across multiple disciplines, including Public Health, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Allied Health Professions, and Science. In addition, group interview essions were held with the Jones & Bartlett Learning Advisory Board on Online Learning, a select group of instructors.


Overall, this resulted in feedback from 51 instructors and 11 students. During these sessions, participants were presented with features and functionalities of the eBook within Navigate 2, and were given the opportunity to test the product by performing tasks specified by a moderator. For example, they were asked to add a note to the eBook, replay a video, or highlight text.

After their user experience, the instructors and students rated the product on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 indicating a very strong feature and 1 a very weak feature. When asked about the interactive eBook in Navigate 2, students and instructors rated it very strongly at 8.8 and 8.5. When asked what students and instructors liked most, they frequently mentioned the low price of the eBook, its flexibility, and the ability to take notes.

At these sessions, instructors across multiple disciplines consistently rated the Navigate 2 eBook positively (between 7.8 and 9.3 on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 indicating a very weak feature and 10 a very strong feature). Similarly, student ratings ranged from 8.3 to 9.0.

Focus Group Testimonials:

Public Health Student: “The eBook price is great.”

Allied Health Student: “[I like the] highlighter feature with the eBook.”

Science Instructor: “Many students don’t want to pay for expensive books, so the eBook is a good option.”

Science Instructor: “[Navigate 2 seems] easy to use and allows the reader to highlight sections. [There are] many functions that enhance the textbook and it appears [to be] easy to move things around.”

Fire/EMS Instructor: “The eBook option for 50% off is very appealing to my students as most do not keep their books.”

Fire/EMS Instructor: “[I like the] eBook annotations.”


In summary, our recent data collection and research efforts support the fact that eBooks and interactive features, such as animations, images, and videos, increase student performance by motivating and engaging them. Specific research conducted on Navigate eFolio and Navigate 2, as demonstrated throughout this white paper, reflects a positive impact on student learning and engagement, which in turn increases outcomes.

Overall as an industry, we’re continuing to witness the shift in both behavior and attitudes among instructors and students toward eBooks and other digital learning resources. For some instructors and students, the adoption and usage of digital products has been rapid; while in other cases this move has been at a much slower pace. Nonetheless, we’re at the forefront of a complete digital transformation across education in terms of how students learn and instructors teach. As a company, Jones & Bartlett Learning is committed to providing premier teaching and learning solutions through its Navigate 2 offerings. To learn more about Navigate, visit our website.

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Jones & Bartlett Learning Awarded Three 2014 AJN Book of the Year Awards

AJN Book of the YearExciting news to share– we’ve received three 2014 AJN Book of the Year Awards from the American Journal of Nursing. Representing the best in nursing publishing and encompassing a wide-variety of categories, the 2014 AJN Book of the Year Awards acknowledge the most valuable texts published between August 2013 and August 2014.

The Jones & Bartlett Learning title awarded First Place in the Palliative Care and Hospice category included 2014 Oncology Nursing Drug Handbook by Gail M. Wilkes and Margaret Barton-Burke. Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge, Third Edition by Dee McGonigle and Kathleen Garver Mastrian received Second Place in the Information Technology/Social Media category. Critical Thinking TACTICS for Nurses: Achieving the IOM Competencies, Third Edition by M. Gaie Rubenfeld and Barbara Scheffer was awarded Second Place in the Nursing Education/Continuing Education category.

“Jones & Bartlett Learning is truly honored to accept this prestigious recognition from AJN, further validating the hard work and dedication of our esteemed authors and our publishing team. We observe these awards as confirmation of our ongoing efforts to provide high quality, cutting edge, and peer reviewed resources to the field of nursing and nursing education.” – Amanda Martin, Executive Editor, Jones & Bartlett Learning

About the award winners:

2014 Oncology Nursing Drug HandbookWritten especially for nurses caring for patients with cancer, the 2014 Oncology Nursing Drug Handbook uniquely expresses drug therapy in terms of the nursing process: nursing diagnoses, etiologies of toxicities, and key points for nursing assessment, intervention, and evaluation. Updated annually, this essential reference provides valuable information on effective symptom management, patient education, and chemotherapy administration. Completely revised and updated, it features a new chapter on Chemobiotherapy for Noncancer Diseases. New drug entries include: enzalutamide, omacetaxine (Synribo), tbo-filgrastim (Netroval), ado-trastuzumab emtansine, aflibercept, bosutinib, cabozantinib, carfilzomib, dabrafenib, pomalidomide, ponatinib, regorafenib, trametinib, abatacept (Orencia), adalimumab (Humira), certolizumab pegol (CIMZA), etanercept (Enbrel), golimumab (Simponi), infliximab (Remicade), tocilizumab (Actemra), and tofacitinib (Xeljanz).

Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge, Third EditionNursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge, Third Edition by Dee McGonigle and Kathleen Garver Mastrian is the definitive text for nursing informatics courses. Grounded in the Foundation of Knowledge Model, it is an outstanding student resource and guide to the history of healthcare informatics, current issues, basic informatics concepts, and health information management applications. This comprehensive text includes the building blocks of informatics through complicated topics such as data mining, bioinformatics, and system development. The Third Edition has been expanded to include informatics coverage for all levels of nursing practice from a Bachelor’s Degree through a DNP degree. New to this edition is a chapter on Data Mining as a Research Tool and The Art of Caring in Technology Laden Environments.

Critical Thinking TACTICS for Nurses, Third EditionCritical Thinking TACTICS for Nurses: Achieving IOM Competencies, Third Edition is a user-friendly and practical manual focusing on the day-to-day realities of doing, learning, and evaluating critical thinking in nursing. With clear examples of both the parts and the whole of this complex process, each chapter includes action learning activities to promote critical thinking: Tracking, Assessing, and Cultivating Thinking to Improve Competency-based Strategies or TACTICS. Completely updated and revised, it offers critical thinking components combined with the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) five core competencies. New to this edition are updated case studies, new illustrations, new content on how to facilitate synthesis of high level critical thinking, additional content on critical thinking within the nursing process, increased TACTICS, and new appendices to assist with the assessment of critical thinking.

We are so grateful for this prestigious honor from AJN! To learn more about Jones & Bartlett Learning nursing resources, visit our website.

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Health Care and Technology Top List of 2015 Best Jobs

Best Jobs 2015U.S. News & World Report has released their ranking of the 100 best jobs for 2015. Beginning with the occupations that the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts will grow the most between 2012 and 2022, the list ranks jobs in a variety of industries based on projected openings, rate of growth, job prospects, unemployment rates, salary, and job satisfaction.

Unsurprisingly, as a result of this criteria, health care and technology jobs rank highest on the list. Here is a sample of the top 10 best jobs:

  1. Dentist
  2. Nurse Practitioner
  3. Software Developer
  4. Physician
  5. Dental Hygienist
  6. Physical Therapist
  7. Computer Systems Analyst
  8. Information Security Analyst
  9. Registered Nurse
  10. Physician Assistant

Jones & Bartlett Learning is proud to be leading the way in teaching and learning materials that make a difference in the best and fastest growing fields in 2015 and beyond.

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Advanced Practice Nursing: Contexts of Care Deemed “a wonderful addition to the field of nursing and healthcare”

Advanced Practice Nursing: Contexts of CareAdvanced Practice Nursing: Contexts of Care by Lynette Hamlin recently received a perfect score of 100 and 5 stars from Doody’s Review Service. According to reviewer, Kathleen M. Woodruff, DNP, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, “this unique resource is a wonderful addition to the field of nursing and healthcare.”

Read more excerpts from the review:

“The book covers a wide range of topics including advanced practice nursing and governance, issues related to prescriptive authority and credentialing, reimbursement, and quality management. Healthcare policy issues related to advocacy, patient safety, informatics, and ethics are discussed in depth. In addition, the book covers advanced practice roles and development of interprofessional teams.

Exploring these challenging topics gives advanced practice nurses the background and knowledge they need to actively contribute thoughtful solutions to these complex healthcare issues.”

Would you like to learn more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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Make Smarter New Year’s Resolutions

Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

Simon Bartlett, PhD, CSCS, ATC

This week, our special guest bloggers, Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, and Simon Bartlett, PhD, CSCS, ATC, authors of 100 Questions and Answers about Sports Nutrition & Exercise, give expert insights into healthy New Year’s resolutions.

Three of the most popular New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight, get fit, and eat healthy. Do these sound familiar? They probably do since they seem to make the yearly list for most people. The thing is losing weight, getting fit and eating healthy are not easy tasks. We want to help you achieve these goals by making smart, motivating and achievable resolutions. Consider some of these tips to make your 2015 New Year’s resolutions a reality.

Resolution: Lose Weight

Goal – lose weight and keep it off.


  • Safe, effective and healthy weight loss occurs at the rate of 0.5-1 pound/week.
  • Weight loss is slower than weight gain.
  • Gauge progress by weighing yourself once per week (preferably in the AM after you void and before you eat or drink).
  • Set a series of weight loss goals over the course of the year versus one goal for the year.

Weak resolution: My goal is to lose 20 pounds this year.

Strong resolution: My goal is to lose 2 pounds per month and then maintain my weight for the last 2 months of the year.

 Resolution: Get Fit

Goal – increase cardiovascular health and strength.


  • Engage in exercises you enjoy.
  • Don’t go full speed ahead (especially if you haven’t exercised in awhile).
  • Gradually add time, distance, speed, and/or strength to your workouts.
  • Try a new activity; sign up for a new class or join a group program.
  • Recruit a workout partner.
  • Allow time to stretch before and after activity.
  • Be more than weekend warrior.
  • Do not feel pressure to join a gym. If you aren’t a gym-goer there are plenty of other ways to get fit.

Poor resolution: My goal is to run a 10-mile race.

Good resolution: My goal is to train 3-4 days a week so I can run a personal best in a 10-mile race.

Resolution: Eat Healthy

Goal – eat balanced meals and snacks.


  • Fill your plate with whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins.
  • Do not skip meals and snacks because it will lead to overeating at other times of the day.
  • Try one new healthy food every week.
  • Plan ahead.
  • Eat home more often.
  • Try two new recipes each month.
  • Get the whole family involved.
  • Keep a food log for a week.

Poor resolution: My goal is to cut out all junk food.

Good resolution: My goal is to eat well 85-90% of every day and allow myself a small treat if I so desire.

You can’t expect change to happen overnight. There will be set backs and bumps in the road, but if you take the time to set realistic goals the setbacks and bumps will be less likely to sideline your resolution(s). Cheers to healthier you in 2015!

*Note: Before starting an exercise plan make sure you have clearance from your physician. If you are struggling with weight loss and/or a proper exercise plan consider making an appointment with a Registered Dietitian and/or an Exercise Physiologist. Both are highly trained professionals that can help you safely meet your goals. information can be found in 100 Questions and Answers About Sports Nutrition and Exercise by Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD and Simon Bartlett, PhD, CSCS, ATC.

Do you have a nutrition or exercise question? If so, submit them to . Questions will be answered on a monthly basis.

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Jones & Bartlett Learning Releases Navigate eReader App

Navigate eReaderNow Navigate 2 goes wherever you do thanks to the just released Navigate eReader app. Available for download from iTunes and the Google Play store, the app features:

  • Voice and written notes
  • Bookmarking
  • Highlighting
  • Media, including videos, animations, and knowledge checks
  • Links
  • Save and sync

Watch a Navigate 2 preview video now:

Can’t wait to learn more about Navigate 2? Visit our website or download the app now from iTunes and the Google Play store.

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The “Classic in its Field” Nurse as Educator, Fourth Edition Earns 5-Stars

Nurse as Educator, Fourth EditionNurse as Educator: Principles of Teaching and Learning for Nursing Practice, Fourth Edition by Susan B. Bastable just earned a perfect score of 100 and 5 stars from Doody’s Review Service. Reviewer, Gretchen Schumacher, PhD, GNP-C, FNP, NP-C, from Michigan State University College of Nursing, writes that this “classic in its field,” is an “excellent, updated overview of the education of nurses and patients in a dynamic healthcare system.”

Read more excerpts from the review:

“An important focus is the IOM report and the QSEN (Quality and Safety Education for Nurses) foundations and evidence in teaching/learning principles. Current case studies and thought-provoking review questions throughout the book develop concepts regarding learning characteristics and barriers to learning. Strategies for successful teaching and learning are discussed, including behavioral objectives, methods of instruction, and learning evaluation. Updated state of the evidence helps readers to view information in light of current evidence.

[It is] appropriately updated in the context of a dynamic healthcare environment. Nurse educators in both academic and clinical settings would benefit from understanding these concepts. It is a comprehensive resource for anyone facing the challenges of teaching and learning in healthcare with a desire to develop skills that are grounded in evidence and results.”

Want to learn more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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5-Star Review: Nursing Theories: A Framework for Professional Practice, Second Edition

Nursing Theories: A Framework for Professional Practice, Second EditionExcellent news to share– Nursing Theories: A Framework for Professional Practice, Second Edition by Kathleen Masters just received a perfect score of 100 and 5 stars from Doody’s Review Service. According to reviewer, Patricia E. Zander, MSN, PhD, RN, from Viterbo University, it “provides a wealth of information, but does not overwhelm readers new to theoretical thinking.”

Read more excerpts from the review:

“The clear, concise format with its highlighted key points and exemplary information is appropriate for both undergraduate nursing students and practicing nurses.

Each chapter includes a concise description of the theory’s main components, a patient scenario and an example of the nursing process to demonstrate application of that theory in light of today’s best practices, and engaging critical thinking and classroom exercises that will promote interest in the use of the theory in nursing practice.”

The chapter-by-chapter ancillary website offerings that reinforce and expand upon the chapter content are very easy to access and to navigate.”

Are you interested in learning more? Visit our website.

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Happy Computer Science Education Week!

Join us in celebrating the fifth annual Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) December 8-14, 2014.

CSEdWeek is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Conceived by the Computing in the Core coalition and produced this year by, it commemorates computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper’s birthday. Supported by the U.S. Congress, CSEdWeek partners also include Microsoft, Google, Intel, and many other organizations.

For the second year in a row, Hour of Code is the theme of Computer Science Education Week. Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. Designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics, Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science that nurtures problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity to provide a solid foundation for success in any 21st century career path.

Jones & Bartlett Learning recognizes the critical role of Computer Science in education, and offers new and trusted resources for the study, instruction, and practice of Computer Science. From introductory computer science to programming, information security, and game development, we provide instructors and professionals with superior texts and quality resources developed by respected authors and educators. At Jones & Bartlett Learning we are committed to providing industry-leading solutions for superior student learning outcomes.

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