At Second Avenue, our overarching goal is to reimagine the learning process. Through the integration of innovative virtual labs and simulations, students are offered educational opportunities that are not available in traditional classroom settings. Student engagement and interest increase, progress is tracked, and feedback is provided and incorporated as appropriate into a learning management system (LMS). Interactives can serve as excellent supplementary material for students at the secondary or college level.
From a detailed tour of the inner workings of a cell to exploring the phenomenon of star formation, Second Avenue develops a myriad of interactive media. When students have an opportunity to balance the cognitive load with interactive experiences, learning is enhanced. Our interactive laboratories are designed to mirror what a student would find in a brick and mortar classroom, as well as offer an opportunity to conduct experiments that would not be traditionally possible due to constraints of time or materials. Second Avenue interactive exercises are designed to be pedagogically correct and cater to student needs through scaffolded learning. Students are challenged and encouraged through response specific feedback targeted to individual needs.
Our approach to customized learning is what we believe differentiates our offerings from those available elsewhere. We are invested in student outcomes, and have the expertise to help your students excel—and have a bit of fun, too!
Humans have been drawn to play since earliest times. We learn via exploration and have an intrinsic need to play. Pedagogically designed games grab students’ attention and maintain interest, which are key components that lead to educational success at time when educational outcomes are more important than ever before. The incorporation of proven learning theory from the likes of James Gee stimulates critical thinking among students. Research from respected organizations such as the Department of Defense supports the validity and merit of serious games in education. Recent studies show that students who play serious games spend as much as twice the time working with educational materials, have higher retention and better learning outcomes.
Second Avenue develops custom serious games across numerous platforms. In each of our games, careful consideration is given to pedagogy and student assessment. Based on student assessment, we offer individualized learning. Students are challenged, successfully master material, and have fun doing so. Whether you are a publisher seeking a game to complement course material or an independent entity with a special request, do get in touch.
Second Avenue understands that every highly effective school, organization and association needs a learning management system to plan, deliver and manage learning events. We have deep experience developing, populating and managing multiple Learning Management Systems. Second Avenue offers customized learning management systems that meet the needs of all stakeholders-- learners, teachers, technical support and administrators. We build systems that deliver flexible learning solutions while managing costs.
Requirements Analysis Are you considering an LMS for the first time, or are you critically evaluating your current LMS? In either situation, top considerations should be system flexibility and return on investment. Allow us to gather information to offer feedback and suggestions related to capabilities, design and content.
Customized LMS Design Second Avenue’s expertise in Moodle, the most widely used open-source LMS, allows us to build the most effective and flexible learning environments possible.
Rich Question Types that are subject matter specific, innovative and pedagogically sound
Customized Learning Paths
SCORM wrappers ensure compliance with industry standards
All solutions are scalable and interoperable
Understanding that stimulation is an important part of student engagement, Second Avenue takes great pride in producing visually compelling and scientifically accurate art to enhance learning. We integrate high quality art into everything that we do—from interactive labs to serious games.
The Second Avenue art team creates detail rich animations and renderings through both traditional studio as well as digital media. Our experience encompasses digital 2-D and 3-D, including everything from Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop based content to technically precise hand drawn work. Working with subject matter experts to ensure accurate content, Second Avenue is able to produce artwork applicable to a variety of fields. We have significant experience working with publishers in the medical field, for student as well as patient and provider education. Get in touch, and let us help illustrate your ideas.
Rich Question Type queries prompt students to utilize higher-order thinking skills and work outside the constraints of multiple choice prompts. Often students are not given the opportunity to actively engage in content and create their own meaning. When information is presented in a format that encourages an analytical approach, learning is enhanced. Early adoption of higher order thinking skills will also improve overall student outcomes, as such skills are integral for future secondary and post-secondary education and career success.
Second Avenue’s learning design team collaborates with our handpicked SME’s to offer question types that are subject matter specific, innovative and content rich. The questions are pedagogically sound, engaging and promote retention and knowledge transfer. Teachers use online questions today for some student assessment, but the available question types are often limited to multiple choice, matching or short answer formats. Many assignments are still paper-based, despite the opportunity to automate the development and grading of innovative question types. Second Avenue enables rich question formats with an unlimited number of applicable question objects, each tied to an element of Bloom's taxonomy.
Students receive constructive feedback on their choices, which encourages them to take risks. Additional questions are dependent on responses, creating an adaptive learning path. These elements, in turn, improve educational outcomes.
We believe that it is crucial to maximize student opportunity to master new content. Using best practices in new media design, our learning designers craft content directed at a specific audience with specific learning objectives in mind. Through this type of activity, students are able to make their own discoveries and arrive at informed individual conclusions.
Second Avenue utilizes highly qualified subject matter experts (SMEs) to ensure that accurate content is incorporated into all learning offerings. Our SME team is comprised of award winning teachers and professors. When authoring content, SMEs are paired with Second Avenue learning designers to ensure that the appropriate audience is reached. Based on client requirements, our team members craft customized products designed to exceed all expectations. When paired with our software developers and creative team, expert backed content is brought to life through digital media. Second Avenue recommends that content be monitored for efficacy in order to achieve continuous improvement.