Last fall, we conducted a pilot study on Navigate Computer Science with two instructors and their students at La Roche College and Union College. Both instructors and 23 students provided us with their feedback and experiences using the product. In addition, the instructors allowed us to link information about their students’ performance to how often they accessed Navigate so we could evaluate the relationship.
After using Navigate Computer Science, 96% of students agreed that it saved them time, while 87% said it made learning more enjoyable.
What else did students have to say?
“I was able to access my textbook online and didn’t have to worry about working on my assignments in the lab. I could also get a head start and do reviews for my next class. And online submissions have also been helpful.”
“[Navigate] allowed me to quickly and easily find any info I needed for class from grades to test questions.”
“If I was just sitting somewhere wasting time on my laptop I was instead able to study and do the online quizzes for class. [Navigate] definitely helped me use my time more efficiently.”
“Everything [in Navigate] is organized in the same place so it doesn’t take a long time to find anything.”
“[Navigate] was easy to log in and it was very user friendly.”
Navigate Computer Science includes an integrated eBook that allows students to read and study the material on their computers or tablets. 84% of students agreed that having the eBook available online allowed them more flexibility in organizing their study time than a print text alone. Furthermore, 79% of students agreed that the eBook better prepared them for graded assignments than a print text alone.
The pilot study also showed that students who used the Navigate Computer Science interactive eBook preferred it over the printed textbook. In fact, 42% of students said that they preferred the eBook over the printed text, while 32% of students would prefer to use both formats together.