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 360 blog entries.
5 06, 2019

Creating Authentic Learning Experiences Part 1: William Horton’s eLearning by Design

By | 2019-06-05T12:28:40+00:00 June 5th, 2019|Curriculum Planning, education, Educational Content, Instructional Design, project based learning|0 Comments

This is the first in a four-part blog series on authentic learning. We’ll start by defining what authentic learning is and how to design authentic learning experiences. Then, we’ll explore how to incorporate those experiences into existing curriculum. Finally, we’ll discuss how to create meaningful assessments that relate to those experiences. Authentic learning is rapidly gaining popularity. It works at every level of education. It connects what students learn in the classroom to real-world problems they will likely face in their future careers. Authentic learning can include activities such as scenarios, hands-on tasks, and debates. The goal of this approach is to increase student engagement. It gives students a concrete connection to their learning. They can see exactly how the information they’ve gained in the classroom applies to their future.   When students see how their learning connects to real life, their learning deepens and they are better equipped to apply it in their work. With the rapid growth of eLearning, the need for authentic learning experiences is more important now than ever. William Horton has written [...]

29 05, 2019

Improving Students’ Writing and Communication Skills

By | 2019-05-29T10:16:01+00:00 May 29th, 2019|Communication, higher education, writing|0 Comments

It is happening: the art of the written word is dying. With the growth of technology and the push to digitize everything, other skills have been pushed aside. Skills like writing have been deemed less valuable, even obsolete. The reality is, however, that writing skills are still incredibly necessary in today’s working world. This means writing and communication skills must be a cornerstone of college curriculum. Writing Skills in College Curriculum College is often viewed as preparation for the “real-world”, the workforce. So the atmosphere of the workforce tends to guide and shape the curriculum used in colleges. The current landscape has shifted to emphasize knowledge and understanding of technology. This may not seem like an opportunity for writing skills, but it actually creates a greater need for them. There is a high demand for writing skills in the workplace. Being able to effectively communicate allows for the free flowing of all other soft skills. From communication comes collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. These skills are things that robots and other forms of technology [...]

22 05, 2019

How to Equip Students with Workplace-Ready Soft Skills

By | 2019-05-22T09:57:54+00:00 May 22nd, 2019|Competency Based Education, continuing education, course design, Curriculum Planning, Educational Content|0 Comments

The price of college continues to rise. That’s a fact. With that rising price tag, it’s critical that colleges give students the workplace-ready soft skills they need. Historically, college skills included academic and sometimes technical skills. Recently, employers have noticed new graduates are missing some key skills: workplace-ready soft skills. Essentially, they weren’t able to effectively work with others. Colleges began to realize they needed to make changes. Hard academic skills were no longer enough. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and a group of education and HR professionals came together. They developed a recipe for career readiness. These eight key ingredients provide students with the tools they need to find success in any workplace. NACE’s Eight Career Readiness Skills Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Employees use reasoning and logic to make decisions and analyze problems. They make connections between factors to find the best solution. Communication Skills Employees convey thoughts and ideas to people both inside and outside of the organization. They need to know how to communicate both through writing [...]

15 05, 2019

Student-centered learning: A summary of the IBIS curriculum

By | 2019-05-15T10:10:24+00:00 May 15th, 2019|curriculum, Instructional Design|0 Comments

Many traditional biology class frameworks require students to memorize terms and processes. The IBIS (Integrating Biology and Inquiry Skills) curriculum is different. It asks students to collaborate with others to facilitate and take charge of their own learning. They take charge through experimentation, inquiry, and critical thinking activities. Since the IBIS curriculum has such a large focus on fostering these skills, lectures are minimal. The majority of learning is student-centered.  Student-Centered Learning: What’s the Fuss? Student-centered learning shifts the focus of learning from instructor to student. Students face scenarios and problems crafted by instructors. Each scenario requires hands-on learning that pushes students towards a specific learning outcome. They must collaborate, hypothesize, experiment, and reflect. Students take control of their learning which, in turn, increases student buy-in and learning. Additional Benefits The student-centered approach of IBIS is enough to set it apart from other traditional approaches. On top of that, there are other factors that make it so unique: Backward Design: IBIS starts with learning outcomes. From there, each subsequent piece is designed with each [...]

8 05, 2019

Be Creative: Learner Engagement in Allied Health Courses

By | 2019-05-08T09:39:29+00:00 May 8th, 2019|Educational Content, Instructional Design, Know Your Students|0 Comments

What is Innovative Course Design? The challenge in any course is the design. A course should be designed for learner engagement at the highest level while preparing them academically. Allied health courses are especially challenging in this area. Because these professions have a large amount of content, it can be difficult to creatively present the information. Innovative course design is the solution to increased student engagement in allied health courses. There are a number of effective strategies to use when creatively designing these courses, but there are a few important features to consider first: Basic understanding Implementation Incorporation Human component Compassion Metacognition While this may sound similar to the idea of Bloom’s taxonomy, there is a major difference. Creative course design looks at these different levels of learning as interactive, rather than just a ladder to be climbed. Courses that use these more creative designs are incredibly focused on the active process of learning and how each aspect of that process works together. The most important result of these thoughtful, creatively designed courses is the increase [...]

1 05, 2019

Online Learning Curation: The How and Why

By | 2019-05-01T17:42:47+00:00 May 1st, 2019|eLearning|0 Comments

The world of health sciences is vast and becomes even larger when content goes online. The number of courses offered online is daunting. That volume, however, does not always equate to quality. The challenge is to find the courses that offer the highest-quality learning experiences. So, how does one sift through the mountain of online learning opportunities? The Need for Curated Online Courses The solution is an easily accessible, peer-reviewed list of available online courses. These curated courses meet a very real need and can lessen some of the pressure on those in the educational world. Curated courses provide educators the assurance that they are providing high-quality online learning experiences to their students. These courses also prepare students for many careers, including health care. Public Health Learning Navigator and Other Resources One of the most exciting resources available is the Public Health Learning Navigator. This online database is a cornucopia of online courses. Courses are nominated by educators and developers, and then subjected to a peer review. The review process includes a high level of scrutiny [...]

24 04, 2019

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

By | 2019-05-01T23:13:33+00:00 April 24th, 2019|adult learners, Curriculum Planning, education|0 Comments

  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 the NCSBN is working to update [...]

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 [...]