About andrewpass

A Pass Educational Group, LLC is an organization dedicated to the development of quality educational resources. We work with organizations of all sizes and types, developing assessment questions, lesson plans, curricula, and eCourses. Started by Andrew Pass in 2009, the company now employs more than 1,400 experts in multiple disciplines. Our clients include education giants such as Pearson Education, Scholastic, and Britannica.
So far andrewpass has created 19 blog entries.
18 04, 2018

Engaging Students Through Online Learning and Interactive Assessments

By | 2018-04-19T17:37:04+00:00 April 18th, 2018|assessment, curriculum, Curriculum Planning, education, Instructional Design, interactive, Interactive Learning|0 Comments

With the advance of technology, students and educators have options outside of the traditional classroom experience. Online learning, or eLearning, is a fresh educational setting that provides more opportunities for engagement and sets the stage for an inviting learning experience. Interactive assessments through eLearning are also transforming the way learners and educators exchange information. An effective online course ensures that varied learning styles are considered so that the learner remains engaged enough to complete the course. Since there is usually no instructor to guide the day-to-day activity, both the content and the related assessments must be engaging. Interactive assessments are assessments that involve interaction on part of the learner. This can be as simple as an immediate response that displays “Correct!” or “Good Job,” but the most effective interactive assessments require the learner to participate in the learning process. When this is done effectively, learners not only engage in the processing of content but are able to test their knowledge of the content almost simultaneously. Examples of interactive assessments in eLearning include the following: Drag and [...]

11 04, 2018

Why are Developmental Editors Important?

By | 2018-04-11T19:37:34+00:00 April 11th, 2018|curriculum, design, editing, education, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Content development involves more than researching the specified area and deciding which components of that area are worth developing into a deliverable, whether that be a course, a blog, an editorial, a handout, etc.  It involves a team dedicated to the delivery of a quality curriculum. A developmental editor (DE) is an essential member of the development process. The DE ensures the content being delivered is free of bias and meets the required specifications and guidelines. The DE is the ultimate proofreader.  The DE has no investment in the piece being delivered. With no investment in the piece, there should be no conflict of interest in ensuring writers implement their edits. As many projects call on instructional designers or writers to put together initial versions of content, it is the developmental editor who takes those initial versions and checks for relevance, accuracy, and completion. If a piece needs revisions, it is the DE who sends recommendations for improvement to all vested parties. As part of their editing responsibilities, an effective DE may: Point out obscure or [...]

5 04, 2018

Writing Items at Different Bloom’s Taxonomy Levels

By | 2018-04-20T16:44:22+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Blooms Taxonomy, curriculum, Instructional Design|0 Comments

Bloom’s Taxonomy is the hallmark of learning models used today. In fact, most people utilize the strategies outlined in Bloom’s without even knowing it. Through early school experiences, we are taught to function through remembering, understanding/applying, and analyzing, which are the very tenets of Bloom’s. We take the most basic key points and develop or retrieve more information depending on how much we want to deduce. Let’s take a closer look at Bloom’s Taxonomy fully for clarification: Remembering: the basic recall of information presented through various methods. When we “remember” something, we are able to name it, locate it, define it, etc. We are able to take the content and paint a visual for the learner. Understanding: the demonstration of what we remember. When we “understand” something, we are able to apply that knowledge in a myriad of ways. We may compute, illustrate, or show others how we interpret that particular concept. Applying: the solving of problems associated with basic understanding: When we “apply” something, we try to understand its relevance in new situations. Analyzing: the [...]

29 03, 2018

Topic: Why Partner with a Vendor for Course Development?

By | 2018-04-12T19:25:34+00:00 March 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Partnering with a vendor such as A Pass Educational Group, LLC (A Pass) gives you access to a large number of contractors with diverse specialities. A vendor provides you with a workforce that is ready to tackle a project developing courses or other educational materials of any size, on nearly any timeline. There are many benefits to partnering with a vendor for your content development, whether you need lesson planning, micro-credentialing, item writing, or full course development. Of course, there are many other educational resources that a vendor can develop for you. A Pass develops virtually any educational resource for K-12, higher ed, and corporate trainings. Since all content is customized to your specific project needs, the development options are endless! Below are several benefits to partnering with a vendor. Subject Matter Expertise In a large pool of contractors, you will find workers with varying backgrounds. Each contractor will bring their own expertise to the course development. A vendor has experience working with different industries and will pair contractors with the right backgrounds to your [...]

22 03, 2018

Why Instructional Designers Are Important

By | 2018-03-22T19:26:20+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|curriculum, Curriculum Planning, education, Instructional Design, math, Social Studies|0 Comments

Why is it important to use Instructional Designers (IDs)? The curriculum development process involves many moving parts that work to create material that compels the learner. This process includes a team of graphic designers, web developers, writers, copy editors and instructional designers. The instructional designer (ID) plays an important role in the curriculum development process. An ID is an expert in the learning process and advocates on behalf of the learner throughout the curriculum development process. The ID’s role To get a better understanding of what an ID does, let’s look at tasks they complete in the curriculum development process. An ID: Conducts a needs assessment to determine what the learner needs to know and what gap of knowledge exists. Identifies the learning environment and existing equipment available for the learners. Asks questions such as: Do the learners have access to Microsoft Word? Do the learners view the material on their phones or on a laptop? Works with a subject matter expert to collect information based on the needs of the learner. Writes learning objectives with [...]

15 03, 2018

Writing Curriculum Goals and Objectives

By | 2018-03-15T15:27:54+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Course Writers, curriculum, Instructional Design|0 Comments

Effective curriculum goals and objectives should have two major outcomes. First, students should acquire the same knowledge from the same courses, regardless of teacher. Second, the students should finish a course ready to move on to the next course, year, or life stage. These goals and objectives aim to standardize learning objectives for all students and simplify outcomes for teachers. That said, constructing straightforward, achievable goals and objectives can be a lofty task. Here, we will discuss these processes so that you can more simply focus on constructing a holistic curriculum that benefits all parties. Curriculum Goals Curriculum goals are general, broad statements that lead towards long-term outcomes. These goals are typically designed to be met by students after a longer period of time such as a year of schooling or a series of courses in a discipline. Specifically, goals are always farther-reaching than objectives, and as such are usually based on the idea that they lead students towards being better able to be productive members of their societies. Here are some ideas to consider when [...]

8 03, 2018

Characteristics of Effective IDs

By | 2018-03-14T19:19:04+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Curriculum Planning, education, Instructional Design|0 Comments

The instructional design process takes information from a subject matter expert and transforms it into curriculum with measurable results. An effective instructional designer (ID) creates dynamic instruction that meets the diverse needs of specific learner groups. IDs who create engaging curriculum share similar characteristics. Below are the top five characteristics you can expect to find in effective IDs.   Knowledge of learning theories An effective ID is knowledgeable of learning theories and employs those theories to meet the course objectives. This knowledge helps to make the appropriate design decisions. The ID stays on top of current research and communicates the importance of this research to the team. Download the Brief: 4 Critical Questions to Ask Instructional Designers Advocate for the learner Each individual learner group has its own needs and will take different approaches to the course material. In the analysis phase, the ID identifies the specific needs of the learner group to create a learner profile. The learner profile is used throughout the development process. The ID then gathers the information from the subject [...]

1 03, 2018

Major Steps in the Process of Curriculum Design

By | 2018-03-14T19:07:42+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Course Writers, curriculum, Curriculum Planning, education, Instructional Design|0 Comments

The curriculum design process takes information from a subject matter expert and, through much iteration, creates instruction. But how does information from an expert get translated into educational content that is effective for learners? It goes through four steps of design. In each step are important team members including project managers, instructional designers, writers, copy editors, and subject matter experts. The team works together to create effective content. Let’s have a look at the four steps in the curriculum design process. Gathering Information The first step of the design process involves planning and determining who the learner is and what they need to get out of the material. The team begins by initially identifying what the scope is. This involves asking questions like: Who will take the course? What does the learner already know? What is their attitude towards the subject? Instructional designers then work with the subject matter expert and obtain the necessary information by asking many questions. With information in hand and a clear idea of the audience, the team moves on to the [...]