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Has anyone used zyBooks in their classes? I've seen some good comments on the SIGCSE list about them. I would primarily use this in our CS I class (Java) with their lab feature as a way to provide students with review and practice problems.

Currently, our CS I course only consists of 3 weekly 50-minute sessions, we have no assigned textbook (and much to my dismay, so separate lab sessions for students to practice the material - which in my opinion severely limits their uptake/comprehension of this material). I'm hoping this book/approach may be at least a partial remedy.

http://www.zybooks.com/catalog/programming-in-java/

It looks promising, but I would like some feedback from those who have used these (even if in other than Java courses)

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To be a bit more specific (as suggested, +1), I'm curious about the students' reaction to the text and the labs. I.e., did they like the text, found the explanations clear, the lab/exercises helpful for learning and reviewing the material.

I'm also interested if the instructors found a greater understanding of the material by the students who used the labs.

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    $\begingroup$ This seems a bit broad. Would you mind specifying what kind of feedback you're looking for, or possibly which specific parts\aspects of the book you'd like feedback on? $\endgroup$ – ItamarG3 Aug 8 '17 at 16:38
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    $\begingroup$ I like this question now. And welcome to Computer Science Educators! I hope we hear more from you in the future. $\endgroup$ – Ben I. Aug 8 '17 at 17:04
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    $\begingroup$ I thought zyBooks Computer Organization and Design looked good, but it was too expensive for my students. $\endgroup$ – Ellen Spertus Aug 9 '17 at 1:26
  • $\begingroup$ I think we should close this. its been around for a while and its about a specific brand of books which does not seem to be all that popular. $\endgroup$ – Jay Mar 24 '18 at 6:43
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    $\begingroup$ @Jay I've chosen to keep this open. Popularity of the subject isn't a good reason to drop a question, rather it's a reason to keep it. This site might be the only place where uncommon resources can be investigated. $\endgroup$ – Gypsy Spellweaver Mar 24 '18 at 15:09

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