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.
7 11, 2018

How a MOOC Can Increase Enrollment

2018-12-07T05:57:54-04:00 November 7th, 2018|higher education, mooc|0 Comments

Ever consider the benefits of a MOOC for your Institution of Higher Education (IHE)?  MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, emerged onto the educational scene around 2011.  As they continue to gain momentum, let’s take a look at how you can leverage MOOCs to increase enrollment at your school. Why Are MOOCs So Popular? MOOCs appeal to a variety of learners on multiple levels.  Many students are drawn to MOOCs because they can try new courses that interest them before enrolling in a degree program.  Moreover, you can use this popularity to increase enrollment by: Identifying MOOC students who may be interested in your degree programs Narrowing down which programs might appeal to them Directing these students into your programs through a clear value proposition By offering MOOCs, you can create a reliable funnel of potential students for your degree-granting programs.  Equally important is the access afforded to students in furthering their education with you. Offering Flexibility As more non-traditional students enter the higher education arena, schools are tasked with finding new ways to attract and [...]

31 10, 2018

Pay the Right Price for Educational Content Development

2019-08-26T21:34:53-04:00 October 31st, 2018|Educational Content, Instructional Design|0 Comments

They say you get what you pay for. With educational content development, that’s certainly true! But there are many ways to manage projects to keep your budget under control while creating a high-quality product that achieves your educational goals. How Pricing Can Become a Problem Many curriculum development companies have a one-size-fits-all approach to creating educational content. Others are eager to “up-sell” their products, and recommend the most expensive available options. This means you may encounter bids that Offer an inappropriate process, product, or scope of work Hide some costs within large budget lines with names like “content development” Suggest very expensive budget-breaking multimedia options How to Make Pricing Work for You Instructional design is not a commodity, and instructional design companies should not be offering you a “fill-in-the-blanks” product or a pricing structure that doesn’t fit your needs. In fact, top curriculum development companies like A Pass work closely with each client to prepare customized bids. This occurs after in-depth scoping meetings and a detailed review of available resources. Pricing can, and should, be itemized [...]

24 10, 2018

5 Keys to Quality Assurance in Educational Content Development

2018-10-24T14:30:28-04:00 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

2018-10-17T14:14:34-04:00 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

2018-12-07T05:43:51-04:00 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; [...]

3 10, 2018

Content Development Sweet Spots

2018-10-01T21:07:38-04:00 October 3rd, 2018|course design, Course Writers, Science, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Custom content development is much like building a custom home. If you had a choice, would you settle for a cookie-cutter home that’s going to meet only some of your needs or a custom-designed one that incorporates all your unique needs? Just as an architect spends time understanding why you want a certain type of window or flooring, a custom content developer acknowledges an organization’s unique content needs.  We at A Pass know that a generic, off-the-shelf product or service is not going to work in most instances.  Our years of experience have taught us that great content development must recognize this need to successfully reach learners.  The depth and breadth of our experience helps bring your ideas to life quickly and exactly how you envisioned.  Here’s a snapshot of what we do best. Courses and Lesson Plans Course design and lesson plans are at the heart of good content development.  They are the vital roadmap necessary to reach your learners.  As a full-service content provider, we design, write, and produce content across grade levels and [...]

26 09, 2018

The Story of A Pass Educational Group

2018-09-26T16:24:05-04:00 September 26th, 2018|Curriculum Planning, Instructional Design|0 Comments

  A Pass Educational Group, LLC (A Pass) came from humble beginnings, but has since grown into a highly competitive educational content developer. The company includes teams of writers, editors, subject matter experts, graphic artists, instructional designers, curriculum developers, and production staff. We partner with publishers, K12 schools, higher education institutions, and other educational/ training stakeholders that are in need of high-quality content. Location Our home office is located in Union Lake, Michigan, but our staff is primarily composed of remote contractors from across the country. They ensure our content is of the highest quality while maintaining a quick, personal, and streamlined development process. While the company is larger now than ever before, we are proud to have maintained the family feel, high-quality standards, and phenomenal customer service that first got us noticed. Founder Our founder and CEO Andrew Pass unwittingly began the company in 2009 when he was offered a single instructional design contract from Pearson Learning Solutions. From there, his interest in instructional design and work as an educational content developer only grew. Within [...]

19 09, 2018

Encouraging Teachers to Integrate SEL Skills in the Classroom

2018-10-10T15:05:58-04:00 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 [...]