9 01, 2019

Higher Education Learning Trends in 2019

By | 2019-01-10T16:43:41+00:00 January 9th, 2019|education, higher education, strategies|0 Comments

Have you seen what’s trending on Facebook? How about what’s trending on Twitter or Instagram? With seemingly infinite information sources but only finite time, it may be hard to conceive of doing in-depth study of academic subjects. Yet the reality of our short-attention-span world is actually key to understanding the coming learning trends in higher ed. Educational institutions are eager to capitalize on students’ new learning styles. Microlearning The underlying aspect of the latest trends is microlearning, or learning implemented in small, objective-driven chunks. A larger lesson is divided into its smallest components so students can learn each one quickly and usually independently. The content may be delivered in videos, podcasts, short articles, infographics, and other formats that can be absorbed in minutes. So instead of setting aside blocks of hours to master a full skill set, students spend minutes mastering each detail and then move on to the next step. This supports retention: small nuggets of information are easier to remember and recall when needed. Higher ed institutions are jumping on this type of learning, [...]

26 12, 2018

Four Ways to Include Digital Games in the Classroom

By | 2018-12-25T08:33:25+00:00 December 26th, 2018|education, educational activities, Educational Content|0 Comments

Children love video games.  In our increasingly digital world, we can leverage their use for instructional purposes.  Here are four tips for educators and curriculum developers to use digital games in the classroom. Games as motivational aids Research has shown that video games help in promoting learning and motivating students.  A study at NYU found that gaming encourages students to become more engaged about their learning, and to become confident about their skills.  Games have an inherent motivational element, as they mostly contain leaderboards and built-in competition. This will eventually lead to progress in their learning. Use them to enhance instruction When selecting games to enhance instruction, make sure that the game you are using fits with your subject’s requirements, the needs of your students, and the skills they will need to develop to complete a lesson.  The key is to use games to help you plan curricula that engage students and support learning, and are not merely an end in themselves. Don’t reinvent the wheel Don't spend your time developing new video games to teach [...]

28 11, 2018

Quality Matters: A Guide to Online Course Development Standards

By | 2018-11-28T05:07:00+00:00 November 28th, 2018|education, Instructional Design, Quality|0 Comments

Most higher education professionals agree that quality matters when it comes to student learning opportunities.  But did you know that quality matters is more than just a casual consideration? Quality Matters is actually an established process that provides educators with a systematic approach to sound course development.  In light of this, make sure your courses meet the Quality Matters standards by following these steps. Write Effective Learning Objectives     Effective learning objectives are the cornerstone of meeting Quality Matters standards.  So what makes an effective learning objective? Learning objectives should be: Clearly written Measurable Coincide with learner prerequisites Create Supportive Activities and Assessments Activities and assessments in your course should directly align with your learning objectives.  Make sure that students can clearly see the connection between what they’ll learn, how they’ll learn it, and how that learning will be measured. Choose the Right Instructional Materials and Technology Much like your course’s activities and assessments, the instructional materials and technology you choose should align with the course learning objectives.  When all of these elements work together, [...]

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; [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

8 08, 2018

An Asset Library Makes Education Content Development Easy

By | 2018-08-08T18:18:43+00:00 August 8th, 2018|education, Educational Content, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How a Good Presentation Keeps Learners Focused If you’ve had experience with education content development, you’ve probably been frustrated by how long it can take to find images that fit the topic and interest the audience. Maybe you were told that it was time well spent, as having the right look and feel for your PowerPoint or eLearning asset is essential for holding learners’ interest and increasing comprehension. But wouldn’t it be great to have a resource that could shortcut all that research? You need dynamic, focused, diverse graphic design assets that are recent and fresh. Where do you find those? Up-to-Date Images One problem with doing your own research is wading through images and illustrations that are out of date, poor quality, or justunimpressive. Learners may not be expert artists, but they do know quality when they see it. They are also very alert to out-of-date images. Content creators may remember when some feature they love was the newest thing in computer graphics, but users may have moved on. If you don’t keep up, you risk [...]

1 08, 2018

Summer Read: Staff Picks

By | 2018-07-29T19:46:41+00:00 August 1st, 2018|education|0 Comments

At A Pass Educational Group, we are committed to being stewards of literacy and believe in the power of a good book at any age. We see reading as a pathway to lifelong learning, an opportunity to engage with family, and inspiration for great conversations about our world. Regardless of the genre or whether it is fiction or nonfiction, reading is an A Pass family affair! We asked our executive leadership team what they are reading this summer, and here is what they shared: Andrew Pass -- Chief Executive Officer Many people talk about being “servant leaders,” but few have read the actual book of the same title. Andy Pass recently completed James C. Hunter’s fabulous book, The Servant. Since Andy’s time studying at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, he has been particularly enamored with the way this book teaches important business lessons with a story set in a monastery. There is a message in The Servant with which Andy most identifies and strives to achieve in his own life: The best leaders continuously work to understand [...]