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 333 blog entries.
17 10, 2018

The Process of Educational Content Development

By | 2018-10-17T14:14:34+00:00 October 17th, 2018|curriculum, Curriculum Planning, Educational Content, Instructional Design|0 Comments

As content developers, we are often asked the question, “How does the educational content development process work?”  If you’re just getting your feet wet in the area of educational content development, you’ve come to the right place.  We’ll explain what the process entails and what you need to look out for if you are considering collaboration with a content development provider. What Is a Development Cycle? Let’s begin by defining a development cycle.  A development cycle refers to the framework, steps, or tasks comprising the development and creation of a finished product.  It’s a lot like building a car in a factory.  You follow a series of steps in a predetermined order, with inspections at specific intervals, to deliver a fully functional vehicle.  In the context of content creation, the development cycle refers to all those tasks required to create and deliver content. Project Launch So, let’s look at how it all begins.  Once a client and vendor have agreed to collaborate, the first question is, “How long does it take to launch a project?”  The [...]

10 10, 2018

4 Ways A Pass Educational Group is Unique in Educational Content Development

By | 2018-10-07T17:47:03+00:00 October 10th, 2018|curriculum, education, Educational Content, Instructional Design, Uncategorized|0 Comments

What makes A Pass unique and allows you to trust us with all of your educational content development needs? Nimbleness and flexibility allow us to scale up or down as needed to fit into your development process or take on an entire project start to finish. We select the perfect mix of experts to meet your content development needs, and then respond quickly and accurately to direction and feedback. Some of the ways we can partner with you are to provide: Copyediting and proofreading Instructional design assistance eLearning course development Full-service content development Subject matter experts to partner with your team Roles you need help with (writers, editors, artistic/production folks, etc.) Proprietary processes and systems ensure on-time delivery of high-quality work. We start with an intensive needs analysis in order to fully understand your needs and specifications. Next, we create custom solutions that lay the foundation for future success. We will help you navigate the world of educational content creation by asking the right questions and digging deeper into the subject matter and measures of analysis; [...]

3 10, 2018

Content Development Sweet Spots

By | 2018-10-01T21:07:38+00:00 October 3rd, 2018|course design, Course Writers, Science, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Custom content development is much like building a custom home. If you had a choice, would you settle for a cookie-cutter home that’s going to meet only some of your needs or a custom-designed one that incorporates all your unique needs? Just as an architect spends time understanding why you want a certain type of window or flooring, a custom content developer acknowledges an organization’s unique content needs.  We at A Pass know that a generic, off-the-shelf product or service is not going to work in most instances.  Our years of experience have taught us that great content development must recognize this need to successfully reach learners.  The depth and breadth of our experience helps bring your ideas to life quickly and exactly how you envisioned.  Here’s a snapshot of what we do best. Courses and Lesson Plans Course design and lesson plans are at the heart of good content development.  They are the vital roadmap necessary to reach your learners.  As a full-service content provider, we design, write, and produce content across grade levels and [...]

26 09, 2018

The Story of A Pass Educational Group

By | 2018-09-26T16:24:05+00:00 September 26th, 2018|Curriculum Planning, Instructional Design|0 Comments

  A Pass Educational Group, LLC (A Pass) came from humble beginnings, but has since grown into a highly competitive educational content developer. The company includes teams of writers, editors, subject matter experts, graphic artists, instructional designers, curriculum developers, and production staff. We partner with publishers, K12 schools, higher education institutions, and other educational/ training stakeholders that are in need of high-quality content. Location Our home office is located in Union Lake, Michigan, but our staff is primarily composed of remote contractors from across the country. They ensure our content is of the highest quality while maintaining a quick, personal, and streamlined development process. While the company is larger now than ever before, we are proud to have maintained the family feel, high-quality standards, and phenomenal customer service that first got us noticed. Founder Our founder and CEO Andrew Pass unwittingly began the company in 2009 when he was offered a single instructional design contract from Pearson Learning Solutions. From there, his interest in instructional design and work as an educational content developer only grew. Within [...]

19 09, 2018

Encouraging Teachers to Integrate SEL Skills in the Classroom

By | 2018-10-10T15:05:58+00:00 September 19th, 2018|Curriculum Planning, education|0 Comments

Exciting changes are happening in the world of education, but these changes come with their own unique set of challenges. The recent Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has made necessary adjustments to our national model of education. The most positive change is a national shift from the focus on standardized testing to a more “whole child” model. This shift allows educators to recognize the value of non-academic success and developing crucial life skills. Let’s look at the different ways you can support your teachers in the integration of SEL skills in the classroom. What are SEL skills? Social emotional learning focuses on non-academic core competencies beyond the academic field that will help students tackle the real world. The core competencies of SEL skills are: Self-Awareness: The student can recognize their own emotions, thoughts, values, strengths, and limitations and how they influence their behavior. The student has a sense of self-confidence and optimism, or growth mindset. Self-Management: The student can regulate their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in order to manage their stress, impulses, and motivation. They can gain [...]

12 09, 2018

Curriculum Trends in Higher Education

By | 2018-09-25T20:49:05+00:00 September 12th, 2018|curriculum|0 Comments

As the new school year begins, we expect to see more of the following curriculum trends in higher education: Integrating curricular and co-curricular learning As K-12 schools receive less funding for the arts, community-based learning initiatives are on the rise. Many not-for-profit organizations are partnering with some of the nation’s largest school districts, such as Chicago and New York City Public Schools. Local colleges and universities are also making their way into the mix, forming even greater partnerships. These partnerships are being developed to foster arts communities, and may take many forms depending on the groups involved. Some universities are experimenting with creating their own community centers for arts-based learning. Other colleges and universities are engaging not-for-profit partners to train their future K-12 teachers in arts integration. Another way that schools are integrating co-curricular learning is by bringing in adjunct artists to enhance university curricula. Adjunct teaching artists provide work and connections for their own university students. We expect exploration in this area to continue over the next few years. Partnerships will take many forms and [...]

5 09, 2018

Should You Revamp Your Legacy Courses?

By | 2018-09-05T14:22:25+00:00 September 5th, 2018|Educational Content, eLearning|0 Comments

They may be technologically obsolete, but legacy courses contain riches you don’t want to leave behind in your eLearning development plans. New courses are ready to emerge from all those assets! If you transform rather than transfer legacy content, you can leverage those riches. Think personalized content, reusable assets, easily managed updates, participatory content creation. Translation: time savings, cost savings, and the educational benefits of a flexible, immersive, and interactive experience for the generation of students that are now demanding it. Here are some rationales on making the yes/no conversion call for your eLearning legacy courses. Select Your Courses Target high quality, high demand legacy courses for your initial conversions. Doing this, it offers the potential for maximizing returns on your eLearning development by mining the best from the best. Example: You have a course series no one has accessed recently written by a nationally recognized expert. Find out why. Lack of accessibility on mobile devices? Content outdated in places? Conversion can take care of both. If the courses are sound and in demand, put them [...]

29 08, 2018

Virtual Reality Technology: Changing the Education Industry Rapidly

By | 2018-09-04T19:29:02+00:00 August 29th, 2018|curriculum, education|0 Comments

Virtual reality technology is at the forefront of educational reform and rapidly changing the way society educates. Many years ago, the cost of virtual reality technology was too high to be integrated into the public and private school systems, but recent advancements have allowed this technology to become affordable, and revolutionize the education industry. Since the technology became affordable, there has been an aggressive and innovative push by many companies to create educational applications that are not only fun and exciting but are proven to increase the student’s ability to retain knowledge and expand their skills. The additional benefit of virtual reality is that virtual and augmented reality simulators have increased human capital by allowing students and educators the ability to perform tasks that previously deemed too costly. The level of specialized training completed through the use of virtual and augmented reality technology is increasing at a dramatic rate. There are numerous specialized fields that the resources for superior training are just not available. Companies in this industry have been attempting to make educational software that [...]