The Packback Blog

Introducing Packback’s Instant Feedback

On July 8th, 2020, Packback released a major new feature, Instant Feedback, which elevates the detail, responsiveness, and depth of feedback provided to a student while they write their posts on Packback. This new feature represents a major step forward in the use of AI to support Mastery Learning at-scale through instant, non-punitive feedback, and clarity on how students can improve their discussion posts.

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Research on Packback’s Efficacy Highlighted in Recent OpEd by Mick Starcevich, Former President of Kirkwood Community College

Mick Starcevich, former President of Kirkwood Community College, recently published on an editorial in The Evolllution on the urgency for instructors to begin planning for high leverage changes they can make to their courses now to help ensure their courses are ready for possible remote delivery come fall.

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Packback Instructor, Dr. Thomas DeWitt, featured in Forbes

Dr. Thomas DeWitt, Marketing instructor at Michigan State University, was recently featured in a piece in Forbes to share his experience as an instructor transitioning to online instruction and how he is continuing to innovate under the new constraints driven by COVID-19.

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Recent Articles

Creating Change-makers through Inquiry

Paolo Freire’s influential text, “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” still holds the same truth and applicability to our modern education system as it did at its time of writing. This article explores the new relevance and urgency Freire’s work has taken within the context of the Black Lives Matter movement, and begs the question, “How can education be used to enforce equity, rather than uphold systems of injustice?”

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Packback in the Press: How to Build Community through Online Learning

Jessica Tenuta, Packback’s cofounder and Chief Product Officer, recently co-authored a piece in University Business, alongside Whitney Kilgore of iDesign, on how to build community in online learning environments.

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Packback Highlighted by Dr. Kathleen Ives in Inside Higher Ed

Dr. Kathleen Ives, former executive director and CEO of Online Learning Consortium, highlighted Packback recently in editorial piece contributed to Inside Higher Ed. The piece, “Moving Classes Online Is Hard. Online Discussion Can Help.” explores research on the ways thoughtfully implemented online discussion can lead to improved student outcomes.

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Packback Instructor AnneMarie Garmon featured in Inside Higher Ed

Packback Instructor, AnneMarie Garmon of Central Piedmont Community College, was featured in the article, “Adjusting to Remote Instruction at Community Colleges” in Inside Higher Ed to share her experience supporting her students in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Instructional Continuity Series: Creating Effective Online Lectures

Recording an engaging lecture requires different skills than presenting a lecture in person. In this webinar, Dr. Kathleen West from Winthrop University shares tips for recording effective lectures as well as suggestions for recording tools. 

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Transitioning to a Fully Online Course for COVID-19 Prevention

As institutions transition courses online, many instructors are looking for guidance on transitioning quickly and efficiently. To assist instructors who may be facing uncertainties right now, we asked Dr. Kathleen West at Winthrop University and other online instructors to share resources, tools and tips for engaging and connecting with students in an online course.

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