Research

Studies, surveys, and experiments that prove the effectiveness of zyBooks.

zyBooks wins competitive Phase I SBIR grant from U.S. Dept. of Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hadley Dreibelbis, Finn Partners Hadley.Dreibelbis@finnpartners.com 202-518-6496 ZYBOOKS USES U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION GRANT TO FUND UNMET NEEDS IN COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION zyBooks receives $200,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Award Los Gatos, California, June 6, 2018 – With a growing workforce demand for computer science skills, it is more necessary than ever for high schools, colleges and universities to adequately prepare students for future jobs through coding education. zyBooks, a company focused on developing web-based STEM learning tools, is addressing this need with a newly awarded U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences grant. The U.S. Department of Education Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program provides over $1,000,000 in funding to each grantee for the research and development of education technology products that improve student learning and have commercial potential. zyBooks was awarded Phase I of funding ($200,000) to develop a coding education program prototype...read more ››

How we help reduce student frustration

zyBook authors understand that content delivery can evolve as we better understand our students. One area of concern for us is student frustration. Certainly, we want students to wrestle with our content, but we don’t want them to struggle so much that they give up in frustration. Authors use our student activity report to help identify content areas for improvement by targeting what students struggle with the most. This report is for all student activity for a subject during a time frame, such as Java during Fall 2017. In the report, each activity has useful metrics, which are averages across all students. We might look at the number of tries students take until they answer correctly, the amount of time spent on a particular activity, or the number of bug reports submitted to our team. Let’s demonstrate our approach using one particularly useful metric: The number of tries students make...read more ››