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Feedback When it Matters: Interactive Coaching on Questions and Responses

The Packback team loves our feature, Real-Time Coaching, to shorten the feedback loop and deliver coaching when it matters most; while a student is still writing their post.

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Rich Text Editing: Beautifully Add Images, Videos, Text Formatting (and Even Emojis!) to Posts on Packback

The Packback Product Team has integrated Rich Text Editing into the Packback Questions platform to allow every student to fully express their ideas through videos, images, formatted text, formulas and more. Communities on Packback span a huge range of majors, and the introduction of Rich Text Editing provides all of our communities with the tools to fully and clearly explore any subject matter.

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What’s new at Packback in Fall 2016

The start of 2016 has been an exciting time at the Packback office! Not only did we move into our own space and bring on several amazing new team members, we launched a brand new rebuilt platform for our Curiosity Communities, Packback Questions!

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Features: The Packback Questions Tutorial

The first few weeks in a Packback Questions community set the tone of the rest of the semester. In those first few weeks, the goal is to get everyone using Packback to buy into the importance of asking great questions, learn the community guidelines, and start posting. No longer are those critical first moments on the platform left to chance; Packback Questions has a new tutorial that ensures that every community will get off to the best possible start!

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Features: Featured Posts

In Packback Questions communities across the nation, thousands of questions are posted per week. That is a lot of questions flowing through the platform, which could make it easy to miss some of the best posts. The new Featured Tab places the best discussions in every community in their own easy-to-navigate tab, so they are always only one click away.

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Packback Community Management: Creating a safe space for curiosity in every community

In the past year, Packback’s team of Community Managers have moderated over 350,000 questions and responses and maintained the health of all of the Curiosity Communities on Packback Questions.

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Big Changes at Packback

Dear friends,

You might know us as that “cheap eTextbook startup”.  Or maybe “those guys that went on Shark Tank”.

We started our business as college students about 3 years ago. As students, the cost of textbooks felt like the BIGGEST issue in education. And don’t get us wrong…textbook prices are a HUGE problem, (like a 7 Billion dollar a year problem in the USA alone). But over years of building this startup, we’ve gotten a glimpse at the bigger picture.

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Socrates and the pursuit of living an examined life

The unexamined life is not worth living.
-Socrates

Despite the incredible impact Socrates has had on society and education for thousands of years, he left behind few writings of his own. Instead, he lived his work; engaging in conversations with students, academics, politicians and citizens on a relentless search for the ultimate ‘truth’. His teachings are now known as the Socratic method; engaging in constant question-asking in every conversation until a contradiction is revealed, or the question cannot be answered.

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Mark Zuckerburg’s process for overcoming inexperience through continuous lifelong learning

We all know the story of Mark Zuckerberg and the “overnight” success of Facebook. His story has become a trope of the entire startup world. We all collectively picture a “startup founder” as a hoodie-wearing, young, driven-to-the-point-of-insanity, college-aged computer hacker…basically Mark himself.

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