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 356 blog entries.
24 04, 2019

NCLEX 2019-2021 test plan: What’s changing?

By | 2019-04-24T13:02:50+00:00 April 24th, 2019|adult learners, Curriculum Planning, education|0 Comments

Image by travisdmchenry from Pixabay If you are in the business of training future nurses, than you have probably heard the rumors by now: The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is updating the NCLEX 2019. Here's what you can expect to change. What is the NCLEX 2019? The NCLEX 2019 is the standard test given to nursing students to verify that they are graduating with the skills and critical thinking necessary to succeed as a clinical nurse.  These tests are created by the NCSBN, and structured to examine students’ critical thinking and knowledge in a way similar to how they will be tested in a real clinical scenario. Recently, the NCSBN discovered that the NCLEX is lacking in various critical thinking areas, and has begun the process of improving the test in order to ensure that the students with passing grades are truly prepared. While this sounds daunting, it should be exciting as well. View sample test questions from NCLEX 2022 What Changes Should You Expect? While it is true that [...]

17 04, 2019

4 Tips for Using a Blended Learning Approach to Allied Health Curriculum

By | 2019-04-17T10:15:11+00:00 April 17th, 2019|Instructional Design, Interactive Learning|0 Comments

The demands of the 21st century have created an interesting tension in the world of education. The growing workforce calls for highly skilled individuals who have been prepared to respond to these demands. This preparation is not always possible in a traditional classroom setting. The students of today need class time devoted almost solely to hands-on, collaborative experiences, leaving little to no time for other necessary types of learning. These demands can be successfully met, however, through blended learning courses. What is Blended Learning? Blended learning is the combination of different learning approaches. This learning environment allows for both online and face-to-face activities, with the latter focusing on the most important concepts and ideas. This setup provides an immense amount of flexibility in many aspects: the how, when, and where students are learning and studying material. A number of schools and programs have already taken the plunge into blended learning. Programs such as biomedical science and biochemistry require more hands-on learning experiences, making them ideal for a primarily face-to-face setting, while the other material can be [...]

10 04, 2019

5 Best Practices for Writing Effective Problem-Based Learning Cases

By | 2019-04-16T21:11:09+00:00 April 10th, 2019|project based learning|0 Comments

What is Problem-Based Learning? Problem-based learning (PBL) is a teaching method that immerses students in real-world cases they will likely face in their careers. The goal of PBL is to enhance student learning and better prepare them for the fields of work they are about to enter. PBLs are widely used across subject areas. They are especially gaining popularity in health sciences. Here are a just a few ways PBL can be used in the health sciences: To respond to patient changes that may occur during a surgery To create an action plan when faced with limited information about a patient To evaluate a patient’s provided symptoms To determine how external factors may contribute to a patient’s condition Why PBL PBL works in medical teaching for a myriad of reasons. One of the greatest benefits of this approach is that it immerses students in their learning. It puts students in similar situations that they will face in their careers. When students are immersed in their learning, they are more likely to retain what they’ve learned. PBL [...]

3 04, 2019

Judging Instruction by its User Interface

By | 2019-03-24T20:58:59+00:00 April 3rd, 2019|design|0 Comments

They say not to judge a book by its cover; but we all do it at least a little, right? We can’t help our attraction to colors and images that catch our attention. And similarly, we’re uninterested in a visual we find unappealing. For this reason, design is a top consideration when planning a marketing campaign or label for a product. If you don’t engage the consumer through attractive visuals, they are less likely to be interested in your product. This same concept should be applied when designing instructional content. For all intents and purposes, the learner is your consumer and you’re marketing your content to appeal to the buyer. Engaging visuals will attract a learner and hold their attention longer in order to deliver the message. You can have the greatest product, but struggle to make sales if the buyer doesn’t engage long enough to understand the product’s value. The same could be said for instructional content: your valuable content could be missed if the learner does not engage with it. So, how do you [...]

27 03, 2019

4 Tips to Integrate Project-Based Learning in STEM Curriculum

By | 2019-03-28T16:49:25+00:00 March 27th, 2019|project-based, STEM|0 Comments

How often do teachers or administrators hear those dreaded words, “Will we ever use this again?” or “Why are we learning this?”. Learning skills separate from their real world situations can make it difficult for students to understand the post-academic applications. Project-based learning could be the answer to all of these questions and more. What is Project-Based Learning? Project-based learning (PBL) asks students to explore an engaging, complex question or problem. To demonstrate what they have discovered, students create a presentation or real-world product for a real audience. This approach asks students to dive deeper into the learning process and relate it to the world at large. PBL shows students what they learn in the classroom is relevant and essential. Benefits Because PBL is a student-centered approach, the benefits are extensive. PBL allows students to have a louder voice in their learning. Students are able to decide what they focus on and how that information will be presented in the end. This level of ownership and responsibility encourages students to go deeper. This in-depth exploration of [...]

20 03, 2019

3 Best Practices for Training Teachers to Talk Politics

By | 2019-03-20T13:14:58+00:00 March 20th, 2019|Professional Development, Social Studies, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Today’s polarized environment makes discussing politics in the classroom tricky.  Here are three important considerations to keep in mind when planning professional development for teachers to train them to handle discussions on politics in the classroom. Establishing the right mindset Leading students through a meaningful discussion requires planning.  This is especially true with controversial topics. The key is to manage expectations by setting the right tone for a productive conversation.  Students should learn the difference between unhelpful, angry arguing and valuable, analytical argument based on logic, fact, and respect. Teachers can navigate students through thoughtful, civil discourse through guided questions, graphic organizers, and sentences starters.  You can best prepare your teachers to lead students by offering professional development that zeroes in on best practices for: Managing classroom discussions Creating structures for student reflection and input Approaching supercharged topics respectfully Check out this A Pass curriculum sample. Impartiality The question sometimes arises: Should teachers share their political opinions?  The truth is teachers should strive to be impartial. In such a heated political environment, sharing personal viewpoints could [...]

13 03, 2019

Alt-Text: Things to Consider Before Writing

By | 2019-04-19T20:26:44+00:00 March 13th, 2019|504, Educational Content|0 Comments

Adding alt-text to images on websites and other digital products began in the mid-1990s. Simply stated, alt-text is wording added to an image that describes that image. It helps those who cannot see images in their web browsers know what the image represents.  Consequently, the quality of your alt-text is crucial, and that quality is largely reliant on your process. Let’s look at four questions to consider as you develop your alt-text process. 1. Who is the alt-text for? As you develop your process for adding alt-text to images, consider your audience.  Alt-text is mostly for those who use screen readers due to some level of vision impairment.  Others who might benefit from alt-text are those with slower internet connections that create a slower loading time for images.  To develop the most effective alt-text process for your organization, take the time to define your alt-text audience. In the long run, this will help you tailor your approach and create consistent alt-text that reaches those individuals. 2. What images need alt-text? It might seem like all images [...]

6 03, 2019

Hiring the Right Project Manager for Your Project

By | 2019-03-14T10:01:06+00:00 March 6th, 2019|project management|0 Comments

Every successful content development project needs a great project manager (PM). Think of the PM as the glue that holds the entire project together. The project manager brings the team together and keeps the project moving forward. The project manager is involved in every aspect of the project, from kick-off to the final evaluation. The PM plans, troubleshoots, delegates, and communicates to meet deadlines and get the project completed. The Project Manager’s Role A PM wears many hats throughout the development process. With these hats come challenges and expectations. Set and adhere to deadlines Deadlines need to be established and met throughout each step of the project. The PM is responsible for establishing those deadlines, communicating them to all team members, and meeting those deadlines to ensure client satisfaction. Overcome challenges From a project’s inception to its completion, challenges will come. From under-qualified team members to changes in scope, the PM must be able to tackle each and every challenge in a timely, professional manner. Manage team performance Projects have many moving parts, and the project [...]