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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

13 02, 2019

4 Best Practices for Designing a Mobile Learning Curriculum

By | 2019-02-14T23:50:54+00:00 February 13th, 2019|curriculum, Curriculum Planning, eLearning|0 Comments

What is Mobile Learning? Smartphones, tablets, and laptops are often viewed as distractions for students.  Since technology has become a necessity in our daily lives, why not integrate it into the learning framework? Those distractions can actually be used to achieve educational goals. Mobile learning is an educational system that allows students constant access to learning with electronic devices. While apps are a piece of the mobile learning world, they are just one piece of the puzzle. Mobile learning includes videos, audio, polls, discussion boards, interactive quizzes, and more. Why the Appeal? Mobile learning is quickly gaining popularity with educators and students across all grade levels. Educators can appeal to students with varying learning styles using different mobile platforms. Students are motivated by the idea of integrating their devices into classroom activities. Mobile learning also expands the possibilities of interactive learning. It allows students to access and expand curriculum at any time and in any place.   How to Plan a Mobile Learning Curriculum The first step in designing a quality curriculum is to determine how [...]

16 01, 2019

4 Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Creating a Computer Science Curriculum

By | 2019-05-09T16:57:54+00:00 January 16th, 2019|Course Writers, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Planning|0 Comments

Computer science is a vast field, and it’s in constant flux.  Computers and programming conventions will almost certainly change radically over the next 10 years.  Today’s innovative ideas will soon become industry norms. It’s not easy to design a curriculum for such a dynamic field.  Some computer curricula fail because they succumb to one or more of these four common pitfalls. Focusing on exciting innovations versus fundamentals.  It may be tempting to try to engage students with the most exciting new technologies.  The reality, however, is that “new” technology may be outdated within just a year or two.  Meanwhile, however, every student will need to understand the fundamentals of computer science in order to excel. Trying to teach everything to every student.  Computer science is a large and growing field, with a wide range of different specialties and applications.  Content development for a computer science curriculum should include segments focusing on a wide range of topics.  Possibilities range from programming to networking to graphics. Curricula should not, however, stress one element over all others.  Students will [...]

21 11, 2018

We are grateful for…

By | 2018-12-04T04:24:56+00:00 November 21st, 2018|curriculum, Curriculum Planning, Educational Content|0 Comments

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 [...]

24 10, 2018

5 Keys to Quality Assurance in Educational Content Development

By | 2018-10-24T14:30:28+00:00 October 24th, 2018|Course Writers, Curriculum Planning, Instructional Design, Science, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]