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 [...]

20 02, 2019

Soft Skills: How and Why

By | 2019-04-10T10:50:59+00:00 February 20th, 2019|curriculum, education, Instructional Design|0 Comments

What are soft skills? Different skills are used and developed for different situations. The skills needed for math are different than the skills needed for reading; athletic skills are different still. But what about more subtle skills such as listening and time management? These intangible but essential skills are known as soft skills. Soft skills are a set of skills students need to be successful in the workplace and world at large. Why are soft skills important? These skills are especially valuable for students in high school and higher education. High school students benefit from a well-rounded, differentiated curriculum. Colleges and universities require students to have a grasp on many soft skills, and they are expected in the workplace. Beyond that, students with a firm understanding of soft skills have a greater ability to connect interpersonally. Which skills need to be incorporated? There are a lot of skills that fall under the soft skills umbrella, so which ones should be included in a curriculum? Communication skills, especially active listening, should rank high on any list. These [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 | 2018-12-07T05:43:51+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; [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]