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.
12 09, 2018

Curriculum Trends in Higher Education

2018-09-25T20:49:05-05:00 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 [...]

5 09, 2018

Should You Revamp Your Legacy Courses?

2018-09-05T14:22:25-05:00 September 5th, 2018|Educational Content, eLearning|0 Comments

They may be technologically obsolete, but legacy courses contain riches you don’t want to leave behind in your eLearning development plans. New courses are ready to emerge from all those assets! If you transform rather than transfer legacy content, you can leverage those riches. Think personalized content, reusable assets, easily managed updates, participatory content creation. Translation: time savings, cost savings, and the educational benefits of a flexible, immersive, and interactive experience for the generation of students that are now demanding it. Here are some rationales on making the yes/no conversion call for your eLearning legacy courses. Select Your Courses Target high quality, high demand legacy courses for your initial conversions. Doing this, it offers the potential for maximizing returns on your eLearning development by mining the best from the best. Example: You have a course series no one has accessed recently written by a nationally recognized expert. Find out why. Lack of accessibility on mobile devices? Content outdated in places? Conversion can take care of both. If the courses are sound and in demand, put them [...]

29 08, 2018

Virtual Reality Technology: Changing the Education Industry Rapidly

2018-09-04T19:29:02-05:00 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 [...]

22 08, 2018

Factors Affecting the Cost of eLearning

2018-08-23T15:09:31-05:00 August 22nd, 2018|eLearning, Instructional Design|0 Comments

So, you are thinking about taking the plunge into eLearning development, but where do you begin? There are so many options out there. In this technological age we have so much information available to us, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Finding the perfect balance of cost and content can be difficult, especially if you are new to the eLearning environment. There are three big factors to consider when examining the costs of eLearning. 1. Instructional Design Instructional design is the process through which learning products or experiences are designed, developed, and delivered to educators and students. There are three basic needs to take into account for any instructional design project: Resources Content Structure Resources include not only personnel, such as subject matter experts, but your time and energy as well. It takes a village to create a suitable learning environment. Finding the appropriate personnel can be expensive and time consuming. Content is often the costliest element of eLearning development, as it is both the most time-consuming element and requires the most personnel. The more content [...]

16 08, 2018

6 Best Practices for Developing Effective Safety Professional Development

2018-08-23T15:52:30-05:00 August 16th, 2018|Professional Development, Teacher Professional Development|0 Comments

While learning may sit at the top of your district’s needs hierarchy, the health and safety of the school community serve as its foundation. In addition to increasing teacher effectiveness and decreasing teacher turnover, professional development (PD) provides the only sure way to implement appropriate school-wide safety strategies and processes. Not doing so can prove harmful – and even deadly. How can you ensure that your safety PD program addresses your teachers’ needs and prepares them to handle safety issues confidently? Use these best practices to develop effective safety PD. 1. Include actionable training Incorporate your safety PD in the form of significant, actionable training throughout the entire school year. Consistent, ongoing opportunities to develop skills and attitudes require time to reflect and integrate into everyday practice. 2. Incorporate a three-phase training program Plan all phases of effective training based on the following components: planning, implementation, and evaluation. The evaluation component ensures that training will change over time as you receive and utilize feedback. Training will also vary based on constitutional, societal, and environmental factors. 3. [...]

8 08, 2018

An Asset Library Makes Education Content Development Easy

2018-08-08T18:18:43-05:00 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

2018-07-29T19:46:41-05:00 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 [...]

25 07, 2018

Three Ways to Develop Self-Awareness

2018-08-10T20:33:02-05:00 July 25th, 2018|education, educational activities|0 Comments

Summer is a time for fun activities, exploring new ideas, meeting new people, and enjoying time with friends and family. Summer is also a perfect time for children to hone their skills with Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). The activities below support development of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, and Social Awareness. School administrators and school districts can provide these activities to their teachers and parents to encourage Social Emotional Learning not only in summer but all year long. Self-Awareness helps children learn about their emotions, personal goals, and values. It also helps them understand that all of these are interconnected. Self-Management is about regulating your emotions and persevering through difficulties. Social Awareness is learning to understand, empathize, and feel compassion for others regardless of cultural, religious, or other differences. This summer, encourage children from elementary to high school to work within these skills by engaging in the following activities. Self-Awareness To explore self-awareness, provide the following context for learners to understand why naming their feelings is necessary in developing self-awareness. Sometimes understanding yourself can be challenging, but this [...]