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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 6 blog entries.
18 01, 2018

Three Questions to Ask When Developing High-Quality Micro-Masters Courses

By | 2018-01-18T14:38:18+00:00 January 18th, 2018|curriculum, education, Instructional Design, mooc|0 Comments

Deciding to present your curriculum to the world via a MicroMasters MOOC is an excellent decision!  This environment opens doors for learners that they may have perceived as being closed.  Work, family, and other obligations leave many with the impression that they don’t have time to further their education.  With a MicroMasters MOOC, they get a taste of an advanced degree coupled with the confidence needed to be more productive in the workplace.  This is a win-win for all parties involved. A MicroMasters course should be designed with the mindset that you are taking the learner to a higher elevation.  Learners should feel like they are making a hearty investment in their futures, and they will rely on the course to be engaging, interactive, and meaningful.  The MicroMasters course is different from traditional courses learners would take.  It is designed from a professional development standpoint in which skills obtained can be utilized immediately.  Learners should love the course, walk away changed, and tell others of the awesome experience. Where do you start?  Drafting an outline for [...]

11 01, 2018

Five Steps for Incorporating Performance-Based Assessment into Interdisciplinary Learning

By | 2018-01-11T16:02:29+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Course Writers, curriculum, Curriculum Planning, education, Instructional Design|0 Comments

“Good morning, class! Today, we’re going to study the literature of the ancient Mayan civilization and examine how it shaped their economy, understanding of the natural world, and language. At the end of the lesson, you’ll be assessed based upon your ability to calculate the total increase, in square miles, by which their empire grew during the height of their literary period and apply this knowledge to civil engineering in our own community. Is everyone ready?” If the scenario above reminds you of the last interdisciplinary lesson plan you read (or wrote), you’re not alone! With more districts around the country moving toward the interdisciplinary approach, there’s a good chance it’s at least on your radar. Imagine, for a moment, the reactions of the students presented with this lesson. Or, the disbelief of an administrator preparing to observe it. To round out the ELA/math/science/social studies lesson, the students in the scenario are going to show what they know in a performance-based assessment (PBA). Another hot topic in the education world, these assessments allow for a deeper [...]

4 01, 2018

Two Principles to Consider when Developing a Degree Program

By | 2018-01-04T22:17:09+00:00 January 4th, 2018|content development, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Planning, education|0 Comments

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. To give students an education they can be proud of—and one that will help them thrive in the career of their choice—higher education institutions have a responsibility to stay current and marketable. One way the academy can accomplish this feat is to offer new degree programs that help them expand their reach and demonstrate their relevance in an already saturated educational market. While program development can be an exciting adventure, it can also be overwhelming and a somewhat daunting and arduous undertaking. Whether an academic institution seeks to introduce a new discipline or make significant changes to an existing discipline, there are some key principles to keep in mind in the development of a degree program. To ensure success of the new program, things such as program viability, fit within an existing program, available resources, administrative support, financial stability, clear academic vision and mission, and [...]

28 12, 2017

3 Ways that MOOC Development Differs from the Development of Traditional Online Courses

By | 2018-01-03T16:51:23+00:00 December 28th, 2017|content development, education, Educational Content, Instructional Design|0 Comments

Students around the world are logging in to participate in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). A MOOC is traditionally open to anyone and all content is free. The openness of a MOOC leads to enrollment in the thousands with students of varying backgrounds. Students who choose to participate in MOOCs are motivated differently than those who enroll in traditional online courses. Traditionally, no credits are earned by taking a MOOC. Students are instead motivated by personal interest or professional development. The nature of a MOOC is changing. Top universities are now using MOOCs to gain wide exposure. Students can get a taste of what the university has to offer. Some universities are even offering university credits at a fraction of the cost for completing their MOOC. The large scale of a MOOC, and its openness to students from across the globe, changes the delivery of the course. MOOC lectures can be accessed at any time and the course is self-paced with no due dates. Three elements should be kept in mind when developing a MOOC. Peer [...]

21 12, 2017

Three Triggers for Beginning a High School eLearning Lesson

By | 2018-01-03T17:04:36+00:00 December 21st, 2017|education, Instructional Design|0 Comments

High school students across the nation are taking their courses online. It’s important to understand what motivates them. Identifying their motivation will help in building engaging content. Prior to developing an eLearning lesson, consider their learning characteristics. High School Student Learning Profile Critical thinker Goal setter Engages in self-reflection Preference of active learning over passive learning Highly curious thinker Seeks connections In the beginning of the Elearning lesson, the first goal is getting their attention. If the learner is initially hooked, it’s easier to keep their attention. But how do you initially capture the student’s attention and keep it? Below are three ways to trigger your high school student’s attention. 1. Interactivity To spark your student’s interest, give them control in the lesson by incorporating interactive elements. Instead of having a slide progress automatically, make it so the student has to drag, drop, and hover. This will trigger your student to stay alert and involved in the lesson. The student will know that their input is needed to progress the lesson. Changing the interactivity throughout the [...]

14 12, 2017

Four Things to Consider When Developing Higher-ed eLearning Content

By | 2018-01-03T17:03:34+00:00 December 14th, 2017|adult learners, Curriculum Development, eLearning, higher education|0 Comments

Whether termed distance education, online learning, web-based instruction, or eLearning, college and university enrollment in web-based courses shows no sign of slowing. The Digital Learning Compass: Distance Education Enrollment Report 2017 finds that over six million higher-education students are taking at least one online course, accounting for about 30% of all college-level course enrollments. To meet the demand and challenge of providing quality eLearning experiences for students, institutions must practice sound instructional design when creating each online course. Effective eLearning is centered on many of the same instructional design principles as traditional learning, with some minor enhancements for the digital environment. Four elements are especially important when developing eLearning for higher education. 1. Course Design Design eLearning courses with the learner in mind. Begin by “chunking” content into small segments such as learning units, and make sure your course has a consistent layout and is easy to navigate. Materials in your course should be engaging. Use audio and video to reach various learning styles and engage all types of learners. Use tools in the Learning Management [...]