Student Focus Group Indicates that Navigate 2 Improves Student Learning

blog1This winter, Jones & Bartlett Learning conducted a focus group with students in a Fire Officer course on our Navigate 2 platform. Navigate 2 combines interactive content with student practice activities and assessments. The technology and content of Navigate 2 is designed to expand the reach of the classroom. Navigate 2 classes can be taught online, in the classroom, or as a hybrid of both.

About 23 students participated in the recent focus group and almost all students reported that Navigate 2 helped them study and prepare for exams more efficiently. 




Navigate 2 offers students a variety of resources including mobile-friendly course materials, an interactive eBook, and student practice activities and assessments. Through these resources, students found that Navigate 2 was easy to use and well organized.




Student Voices

I liked the activities that were presented [in Navigate 2.]”

“Navigate 2 has many features, which will enable the student to apply concepts, principles, etc.

“Once familiar with [Navigate 2], it kept me on track to what needed to be done and when.”

“[Navigate 2] is well organized, has a good progressive learning flow to it, and does well to prepare the student for the classroom. I’m impressed with the interactive activities and ability to upload supportive material for enhanced learning.”

The calendar in [Navigate 2] was useful to prepare my time management. As an adult, I’m used to sitting in a classroom and having the one on one experience with an instructor. With this system I found a very useful friend to use once I understood how to. The new firefighters coming out of high school or college will love this system.”

 “[Navigate 2] helped schedule timelines, had a good flow to it, and prepared me for upcoming classroom activities.”

[Navigate 2] prepared me for the work assignments thru each chapter. I was far more prepared to by the time the class session began.

An additional finding of this research was that those who spent the most time in Navigate 2 were also the ones to be most satisfied with the product.



More research is needed to fully understand the impact Navigate 2 has on students’ learning experiences, but initial information demonstrates a user friendly system that helps students learn and retain information.

Are you interested in contributing to this research? Contact your Public Safety Specialist to learn how you can trial and/or adopt Navigate 2 for your course today!


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Intersistemas to Serve as the Exclusive Distributor of Spanish-Language Emergency Medical Services Training Materials for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)

Burlington, MA – April 23, 2015: Jones & Bartlett Learning (JBLearning) is pleased to announce that its publishing partner in Latin America, Intersistemas will serve as the exclusive distributor for all NAEMT education course materials published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. This new arrangement will meet the growing demand for Spanish-language training materials for emergency medical responders.

Intersistemas will exclusively offer Spanish-language materials throughout Spanish speaking Latin America for the following NAEMT education courses:

  • PHTLS: Soporte Vital de Trauma Prehospitalario, Octava Edicion
  • PHTLS Military edition for Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)
  • Advanced Medical Life Support
  • Emergency Pediatric Care, including the PEPP textbook
  • Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services
  • Principles of Ethics and Personal Leadership
  • EMS Safety

“Jones & Bartlett Learning is globally recognized as a provider of world-class content, and together with our extensive experience and publishing partnership with NAEMT, we are pleased to offer this distribution opportunity,” remarked Eduardo Moura, Chief Product Officer of JBLearning. “We are pleased to see NAEMT and Intersistemas working together to bring these resources to the EMS community in Latin America.”

“For Intersistemas, it is an honor to work with NAEMT and JBLearning in this important initiative to improve emergency care education and attention in our region. Distributing these materials will directly result in saving more lives,” said Alejandro Vera, Partner/CEO of Intersistemas.

NAEMT President Chuck Kearns noted, “NAEMT is pleased to work with JBLearning and Intersistemas to ensure that our students and faculty throughout Latin America can easily access NAEMT course materials.  We look forward to working in this partnership to expand emergency responder education throughout the region.”

Intersistemas and its affiliate Distribuidora Intersistemas have a large network of distributors throughout Latin America that have exclusive rights to distribute NAEMT materials. Distributors are located in Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.

About Intersistemas

Founded in 1970, Intersistemas has established a reputation as the premier Spanish-language publisher in the medical and healthcare fields. Intersistemas has developed a variety of products on health education available in print, audio, and online, widely distributed in all Spanish-speaking countries, for major healthcare institutions, medical schools, medical associations, and pharmaceutical sponsors.

About National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians

Formed in 1975 and more than 50,000 members strong, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is the only national association representing the professional interests of all emergency and mobile healthcare practitioners, including emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, paramedics, advanced practice paramedics, critical care paramedics, flight paramedics, community paramedics, and mobile integrated healthcare practitioners. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings, and in the military. NAEMT operates education programs in over 50 countries across the globe.

About Jones & Bartlett Learning

Jones & Bartlett Learning, a division of Ascend Learning, is a world-leading provider of instructional, assessment, and learning-performance management solutions for the secondary, post-secondary, and professional markets. We develop educational programs and services that improve learning outcomes and enhance student achievement by combining authoritative content written by respected authors with innovative, proven, and engaging technology applications that meet the diverse needs of today’s instructors, students, and professionals.

Across a broad spectrum of fields ranging from health care and emergency services to computer information systems, our educational technology applications and instructional assessment and performance-management solutions are revolutionizing how instructors teach and how students and professionals learn. With the most up-to-date, authoritative content available from academia and industry thought-leaders, Jones & Bartlett Learning is leading the way for educators, students, and professionals to discover new educational and professional skill-development opportunities to enable personalized learning— anytime, anywhere.

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Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

There is a cliché in many movies and television shows where a man stands up, gasps, clutches his chest, and falls to the ground after having a heart attack. In reality, a heart attack victim could just as easily be a woman, and the scene could be a much less dramatic one.

heartattackHeart attack symptoms can present differently in women than in men.  The most common symptom in women—as well as in men—is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to experience other symptoms of a heart attack that may not be as recognizable.

These symptoms include:

  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms
  • Pain or discomfort in the back or neck
  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Nausea or light-headedness
  • Shortness of breath without chest discomfort
  • Stomach pain or discomfort
  • Pressure or pain in the lower abdomen
  • Unexplained anxiety or fatigue

Despite the fact that heart disease is the number one killer of women, many women who experience the less common symptoms of a heart attack chalk up their discomfort to the flu, acid reflux, or general aging.

There are several steps that can be taken to increase heart health and reduce the risk of a heart attack:

  • Quit smoking
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Participate in regular exercise
  • Get regular check-ups from your physician

If experiencing any of the symptoms of a heart attack 9-1-1 should be called immediately. EMS professionals can begin treatment much sooner than if the person having a heart attack arrived at the hospital by car. There are also treatments that can halt a heart attack in its tracks if given soon enough after symptoms present. EMS teams are trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped—saving hundreds of lives annually. Finally, by arriving in an ambulance the patient will also receive treatment faster at the hospital than if they were to arrive by car.

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One Boston Day: Heroic Actions of First Responders to Marathon Bombing

Today marks the two-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings and a new annual Boston tradition declared by Mayor Marty Walsh as “One Boston Day.” It provides us with the opportunity to remember all the victims and survivors of the horrible tragedy that took place on Marathon Monday in Boston, Massachusetts. It also offers the opportunity to reflect upon the bravery demonstrated by the fearless first responders who arrived on the scene that day.

bostonstrongThere are numerous accounts of heroic first responders who took part in the rescue and treatment of victims on Boylston Street and around the city two years ago. There is the story of Dr. Ricky Kue, the EMS physician assigned to the medical station at the finish line. Kue, an army veteran, was likely one of few individuals on scene with blast injury experience from his 2008 deployment to Iraq. Kue believes his training and experience overseas were invaluable to his effective triage and treatment of patients that day.

There is also this account from Walter Dunbar, one of the first paramedics to arrive on the scene, who attributed the limited loss of life to the excellent training he and the rest of the EMS responders received.  The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency concurred with Dunbar’s assessment stating in their report, “Although many patients sustained grave injuries, every patient who was transported to area hospitals survived.” Dunbar went on to run the Boston Marthon himself on the one-year anniversary of the bombing.

Then there is Rich Serino’s account of EMT, paramedic, police, and fire fighter response the day of the bombing. Serino, a 36-year EMS veteran in Boston, commends the actions of the responders that day stating in an article for the Boston Globe:

“There were many nights I went home proud of the men and women of Boston EMS, but I was never more proud of them and the residents of my town, than I was (that day).”

April 15th will now forever serve as a reminder of the courageous efforts first responders in every community take each day to keep our lives safe. As Mayor Walsh said:

“April 15 is a date that has come to stand for our city’s deepest values. One Boston Day will inspire all of us to come together as the community we are and share the spirit of Boston by giving back.”

Please join our Fire and EMS team in a moment of silence at 2:49 PM, the time the first of two bombs exploded near the finish line, as we look forward in hope alongside the resilient city of Boston.


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Drones: How New Technology is Helping Fire Fighters

As wildfires increase in frequency and intensity, fire fighters are utilizing all available technology to combat these dangerous infernos and keep their crews safe.


With the commercialization of drone technology, fire service professionals are finding that these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are more accessible and incredibly helpful in managing and neutralizing wildfires.

Drones are able to fly over wildfires and safely collect information that is invaluable to fire fighters on the ground. Just fifty years ago, the process to gain access to this information required planes to fly over the blaze to take photographs, have the film developed, and then dropped in tubes to fire fighters on the ground. Now, with the use of drone technology, that information can be relayed almost instantaneously.

Drones can also improve communication between various fire fighter units and save valuable time and money in the process. Wildfires often exist in remote areas where there is little or no reception, making communication very difficult. However, drones are able to hover over areas with poor service, providing an Internet signal and information to fire fighters on the ground. And because pilot flyovers are costly and must be done primarily at night, drone technology improves the speed and accuracy with which fire fighters can gather information on a particular wildfire. This can be incredibly helpful in determining the path a fire might take as well as the areas most at risk and in need of evacuation.

As fire service professionals continue to research new methods to effectively combat wildfires, drone and other new technologies will undoubtedly be another tool to maintain crew and public safety.

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Have You Registered for EMS On The Hill Day 2015?

emshd_300x250Represent Your State and the EMS Profession on April 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C.!

Hosted by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), the EMS On The Hill Day event was created to gather EMS professionals and federal legislators together to discuss current issues, learn about new ways to support EMS professionals across the nation, and ultimately to work towards legislation that will help improve patient care.

Attend EMS On The Hill Day for your profession, your patients, and your community.

Register today!

Unable to attend? There are many ways to advocate for EMS:

  • Call/write to your congressional leaders.
  • Email your congressional leaders.
  • Spread awareness and stay connected on social media with #EMSontheHill and tell us about advocacy efforts in your area!

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Spring Forward and Review Important Safety Reminders

SmokeAlarm2Daylight Saving Time begins at 2AM on Sunday, March 8.

The Jones & Bartlett Learning Public Safety team reminds you to:

  • Move your clocks forward one hour.
  • Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms–change the batteries or replace the alarms as needed!
  • Review your emergency preparedness plans and replenish your first aid kits!

Plan to be prepared in 2015!
Get started today:

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Student Focus Group Concludes Navigate 2 with Interactive eBook Will Improve Learning

scinav2Last fall, we conducted a focus group with students at Glendale Community College on Navigate 2 Advantage Access for Fundamentals of Microbiology, Tenth Edition, based on the classic undergraduate microbiology text by Jeffrey C. Pommerville. During the focus group, students received a product demonstration of Navigate 2 Advantage Access, including a comprehensive and interactive eBook, assessments, and practice activities. After the demonstration, students completed a survey on their initial reactions, carried out a set of tasks, and provided their feedback on the Navigate 2 user experience as a whole from the student perspective. Read the complete case study now.


Students were asked to rate the Study Center, eBook, and Assessments on a scale from 1-10, with 1 indicating a very weak feature and 10 indicating a very strong feature. Each received ratings above 9. After a user experience, student ratings remained stable, indicating an overall positive experience with the product. In addition, students provided testimonials that reinforce this finding that Navigate 2 is both beneficial and easy to use. Furthermore they agreed that Navigate 2 was well-organized, user-friendly, and helped them study more efficiently.

Student Voices

“Navigate 2 appears to be well organized, easy to use, and contains an eBook! My current online program doesn’t provide an eBook and it is very disappointing. The assessments and study center seem extremely beneficial as well.”

“The organization involving the assessments and study center are outstanding.”

“Navigate 2 is easy to use and I think it would help to improve an overall class grade because the study materials and learning tools would help to gain a better understanding of what is being taught in class.”

“I like the user-friendly style.”

“[The features of Navigate 2] are an effective way to boost study time and help the student remember the material for the long run.”

After their experience using Navigate 2:

  • 100% agreed that if they had Navigate 2 resources available to them they would use them while studying
  • 91% agreed that Navigate 2 would help them learn
  • 90% agreed that the activities would help them study more efficiently

Navigate 2 eBook Helps Students Learn More Effectively

100% of students agreed scinav2agreethat the interactive eBook within Navigate 2 would help them study. What’s more, they found the enhanced features, such as highlighting, notes, and animations, especially useful.

Student Voices

“[Navigate 2] saves time and is easy to use anywhere.”

“I am able to highlight what I think is important.”

“The animations, glossary in text, and other resources will help me study and retain more information while making it easier to read the textbook.”

“[Navigate 2] allows me to interact with more assignments.”

“I like to have additional information while studying because repetition helps me study.”


Navigate 2 Assessments and Practice Activities Earn High Marks

The majority of students said that the Navigate 2 assessments helped them gauge their understanding of the material. Moreover, the focus group found that 100% of students believed that the assessments would help them learn and study more efficiently.

scinav2agreeassessStudent Voices

“The [Navigate 2] assessments are very good for gauging how well I understand the material.”

“[I was impressed by] the ease of use within the discussion questions.”

“[The Navigate 2 assessments are] easy to use.”

“When I finish studying a chapter, I can test myself.”

“Having quizzes and the discussion forum would help me see where I am in the class and if I need to work harder.”

“I liked that there are discussion forums that I can reply to; students can help each other and ask the professor as well.”

In addition, more than 90% of students said that the Navigate 2 practice activities would help them learn and study more successfully. Students especially found the flashcards helpful as a study tool.

scinav2agreepracticeStudent Voices

“[Navigate 2 practice activities] help to provide a better understanding of the material. I can see what I answered incorrectly and learn from it.”

“I like the different variety of activities I could use to study.”

“It’s great to have all those practice activities at your fingertips.”

“I really enjoyed using the flashcards. I liked how they showed me my answer and the correct answer.”

“I liked the discussion questions because these activities would help me check my understanding of the material.”

“[Navigate 2 practice activities] helps with my memory by repeating the vocabulary.”

“The flashcards are great!”


Since each student learns and studies differently, Navigate 2 engages all learning styles with a wide-range of interactive activities. As a result of their experience using Navigate 2 Advantage Access for Fundamentals of Microbiology, Tenth Edition, the students in the focus group felt that the variety of practice activities and learning tools would benefit them in their studies and improve their overall learning experience. In particular, the students found the flashcards in the Study Center and the practice activities within the interactive eBook to be most beneficial. For more information, visit our website.

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2014 National EMS Awards of Excellence

Jones & Bartlett Learning would like to recognize the recipients of the 2014 National EMS Awards of Excellence.

The NAEMT Educator of the Year award, sponsored by Jones & Bartlett Learning, was won by Melissa Doak, NREMT-P. Melissa is a dedicated EMS instructor, mentor, and avid researcher.  Known for her innovation, Doak teaches NAEMT’s EMS Safety course and promotes EMS practitioner safety.

Other reward recipients include: Susan Bailey, NREMT-P, Paramedic of The Year; Brandon Pruit, EMT, NAEMT EMT of The Year; Christian Hospital EMS, Paid EMS Service of The Year.

Congratulations to all of the recipients!

EMS World and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) established the National EMS Awards of Excellence program to recognize outstanding achievement in the EMS profession.

The nomination period for next year’s awards will open in early 2015. Visit for more information.

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Participate in EMS On The Hill Day: April 29, 2015

EMS On the Hill DayRepresent Your State and the EMS Profession on April 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C.!

Hosted by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), the EMS On The Hill Day event was created to gather EMS professionals and federal legislators together to discuss current issues, learn about new ways to support EMS professionals across the nation, and ultimately to work towards legislation that will help improve patient care.

Register today!

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