A college education is not for everybody. CTE fulfills a very important purpose.
Here are three ways educators can learn from designers.
Most higher education professionals agree that quality matters when it comes to student learning opportunities. But did you know that quality matters is more than just a casual consideration? Quality Matters is actually an established process that provides educators with a systematic approach to sound course development. In light of this, make sure your courses meet the Quality Matters standards by following these steps. Write Effective Learning Objectives Effective learning objectives are the cornerstone of meeting Quality Matters standards. So what makes an effective learning objective? Learning objectives should be: Clearly written Measurable Coincide with learner prerequisites Create Supportive Activities and Assessments Activities and assessments in your course should directly align with your learning objectives. Make sure that students can clearly see the connection between what they’ll learn, how they’ll learn it, and how that learning will be measured. Choose the Right Instructional Materials and Technology Much like your course’s activities and assessments, the instructional materials and technology you choose should align with the course learning objectives. When all of these elements work together, [...]
Thanksgiving is not only a time to savor the bounties of the season, but also a time to pause and reflect on the things we are grateful for. At A Pass, it gives us a chance to think about our company’s core values and how they align with what we love most about our jobs. We are incredibly grateful for the rich experiences we enjoy through our work. One of the perks of educational content development is being able to interact with interesting clients and work on some truly exciting and meaningful projects. These experiences help us see the world through multiple perspectives, all while we are engaged in creating valuable content. Here’s how we live by our company’s core values and what our leadership team has to say about what they love about their jobs and what they are grateful for. “As the founder and CEO of A Pass Educational Group, I have the opportunity to do a great deal of traveling and to meet with some very interesting people. Just today, in Israel, I [...]
Micro-credentialing is a great way to improve professional development within your organization. It demonstrates a commitment to employee growth and sets your organization apart from others. As a matter of fact, it’s a great way to build your organization by investing in your team! Let’s take a look at what micro-credentialing is, its benefits, and steps to start your own program. What Is Micro-Credentialing? Micro-credentialing programs support and improve professional development. Team members complete competency-based activities related to their roles. Upon successful completion, learners may receive digital badges, certificates, or even continuing education credits. This allows your team to demonstrate skills and set key milestones for their growth. Further, a little healthy competition can be viewed as a great motivator! Now that you know what micro-credentialing is, let’s look at some ways that it can benefit your organization. What Are the Benefits? A robust micro-credentialing program can help you attract the best talent. Here are just a few of the ways that micro-credentialing can benefit your team and organization 1. It’s Self-Paced Busy professionals often find [...]
Ever consider the benefits of a MOOC for your Institution of Higher Education (IHE)? MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, emerged onto the educational scene around 2011. As they continue to gain momentum, let’s take a look at how you can leverage MOOCs to increase enrollment at your school. Why Are MOOCs So Popular? MOOCs appeal to a variety of learners on multiple levels. Many students are drawn to MOOCs because they can try new courses that interest them before enrolling in a degree program. Moreover, you can use this popularity to increase enrollment by: Identifying MOOC students who may be interested in your degree programs Narrowing down which programs might appeal to them Directing these students into your programs through a clear value proposition By offering MOOCs, you can create a reliable funnel of potential students for your degree-granting programs. Equally important is the access afforded to students in furthering their education with you. Offering Flexibility As more non-traditional students enter the higher education arena, schools are tasked with finding new ways to attract and [...]
They say you get what you pay for. With educational content development, that’s certainly true! But there are many ways to manage projects to keep your budget under control while creating a high-quality product that achieves your educational goals. How Pricing Can Become a Problem Many curriculum development companies have a one-size-fits-all approach to creating educational content. Others are eager to “up-sell” their products, and recommend the most expensive available options. This means you may encounter bids that Offer an inappropriate process, product, or scope of work Hide some costs within large budget lines with names like “content development” Suggest very expensive budget-breaking multimedia options How to Make Pricing Work for You Instructional design is not a commodity, and instructional design companies should not be offering you a “fill-in-the-blanks” product or a pricing structure that doesn’t fit your needs. In fact, top curriculum development companies like A Pass work closely with each client to prepare customized bids. This occurs after in-depth scoping meetings and a detailed review of available resources. Pricing can, and should, be itemized [...]
Any content developer can tell you that having a solid quality assurance (QA) process will ensure deliverables that hit the mark. From our years of developing educational content development, we’ve identified the following five keys to quality assurance. Training Both client-provided and in-house training can ensure that project team members are up to speed on what is required for a specific project. Senior project staff can rally a team’s focus and confirm workflow readiness. Acceptance criteria checklists provide the development team with clear direction and requirements. Calibration Instead of jumping into a large project full-steam, it’s helpful to begin with a small calibration batch to give the development team a chance to get accustomed to the specifications and the client a chance to ensure their requirements are being met. Feedback can be provided and utilized by the development team to hone their understanding and improve quality. QA-Friendly Workflow A development workflow with collaboration and built-in overlapping reviews adds another layer of vital QA. Multiple rounds of review and revision lead to high-quality deliverables. Building adequate cushioning [...]