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 358 blog entries.
6 03, 2019

Hiring the Right Project Manager for Your Project

2019-05-09T17:11:23-04:00 March 6th, 2019|project management|0 Comments

Every successful content development project needs a great project manager (PM). Think of the PM as the glue that holds the entire project together. The project manager brings the team together and keeps the project moving forward. The project manager is involved in every aspect of the project, from kick-off to the final evaluation. The PM plans, troubleshoots, delegates, and communicates to meet deadlines and get the project completed. The Project Manager’s Role A PM wears many hats throughout the development process. With these hats come challenges and expectations. Set and adhere to deadlines Deadlines need to be established and met throughout each step of the project. The PM is responsible for establishing those deadlines, communicating them to all team members, and meeting those deadlines to ensure client satisfaction. Overcome challenges From a project’s inception to its completion, challenges will come. From under-qualified team members to changes in scope, the PM must be able to tackle each and every challenge in a timely, professional manner. Manage team performance Projects have many moving parts, and the project [...]

27 02, 2019

Exploring Instructional Design Models Other Than ADDIE

2019-01-24T18:48:43-04:00 February 27th, 2019|Instructional Design|0 Comments

Instructional design is the practice of creating digital learning materials that meet student learning needs. In order to create such materials, you need to select an effective model. There are a variety of models available. While the ADDIE model is the most widely used for instructional design, there are several other models of instructional design. Let’s explore some other popular frameworks. ADDIE Because of its ability to facilitate the design process in phases, ADDIE is the most widely used model. Since ADDIE is broken into steps, the designer can follow the process one step at a time and address the client’s specific needs. Analysis: Gather information and determine the expectations of the client Design: Create learning objectives and choose the appropriate mode of delivery Develop: Develop materials based on the expectations and objectives Implement: Release developed material to target students and monitor results Evaluate:  Determine the impact of materials through surveys and feedback Merrill’s Principle of Instruction (MPI) MPI focuses on task-based learning. At the onset of lessons, students are provided with the basics. As the [...]

20 02, 2019

Soft Skills: How and Why

2019-04-10T10:50:59-04:00 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

2019-02-14T23:50:54-04:00 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 [...]

6 02, 2019

AP Test Prep Assessment Items: A Quick How-To

2019-02-06T11:04:21-04:00 February 6th, 2019|assessment, Supporting Students|0 Comments

AP exams can be daunting for students—and just as daunting for the teachers entrusted to effectively prep those students to succeed. However, these anxieties can be reduced by providing well-constructed test prep assessment items. Not only will students reap the benefits, but teachers will feel better when preparing their classes for the AP exams. So how does one write these effective assessment items?  Start with this simple checklist: Use application over recall Focus on analysis Use visuals: cartoons, photos, maps, or artifacts Compare and contrast The Importance of Application The AP Government exam will not ask students to recall specific names or dates.  Instead, students will be tested in their ability to apply their knowledge to specific scenarios.  The assessment items used to prepare students should mimic that level of application. Don’t just ask students to know; ask them to show what they know and how it connects to real-life politics. Why Analyze? Students shouldn’t just identify governing documents or Supreme Court decisions; they should also evaluate and interpret the causes and effects.  Think Bloom’s Taxonomy [...]

30 01, 2019

Integrating Digital Game-based Learning in Higher Ed

2019-02-12T15:25:52-04:00 January 30th, 2019|GED, Learning|2 Comments

Using games in learning became in vogue in the early 1960s. Jean Piaget praised the use of games in learning. He said play could help simulate real-life conflict and help resolve them. Today, we integrate digital game-based learning.   Benefits of Game-Based Learning Digital game-based learning gives learners a chance to think and work in new ways. Educators can customize a game to fit the learning. Most importantly, learners get real practice and opportunities to think creatively. The idea is simple. Digital game-based learning means using video games as a tool. Some might call this gamification, but it isn’t. That only swaps one element of education with something game-based. Merits of Digital Game-Based Learning in Teaching Concepts Digital game-based learning allows for learners to practice skills in hands-on authentic activities that can be applied in the real world. While learners work, educators can expect real-time results and assessment of understanding. Therefore, they can provide immediate feedback during learning activities. Digital game-based learning is adaptive. This means correct answers lead to more challenges, whereas wrong answers lead to [...]

23 01, 2019

Effective Online Assessments: A Four-Tip How-To

2019-10-02T12:20:46-04:00 January 23rd, 2019|assessment, testing|0 Comments

Assessment is a vital piece of the educational process. Not only do students get a better understanding of their learning, but assessments help gather valuable learner data. Before we jump into designing effective online assessments, let’s first look at the different types of assessments. Formative Assessments Formative assessments give a glimpse into student knowledge at a certain point in the learning process. These assessments are usually used for feedback and are simple; classroom polls, think-pair-share, or charts are all examples of formative assessments. Summative Assessments Summative assessments are the other commonly used type of assessment. They are given at the end of units or courses to assess learning. These heftier assessments measure student achievement while providing data on student learning of content standards and program effectiveness. Online Assessments With learning going digital, online assessments provide a number of benefits not found with their paper and pencil counterparts. Online assessments are less time consuming easier to explore and organize data on student performance easily adaptable conducive to the collection of new data While online assessments offer several [...]

16 01, 2019

4 Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Creating a Computer Science Curriculum

2019-05-09T16:57:54-04:00 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 [...]