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New Article From Inside Higher Ed Highlights the Importance of Investing in Innovation

In a newly released article, Mick Starcevich, Former President of Kirkwood Community College and Academic Innovation Board member, addresses the need for colleges to consider making the “right investments”– especially in times of fiscal crisis.

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Packback and Michigan State Team Up to Reimagine Online Discussion

Through a new partnership with Packback, Michigan State University is now giving instructors and students access to an inquiry-based discussion platform designed to increase engagement and boost academic outcomes, even in remote settings.

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March 2021 Industry Conferences Featuring Packback

Dr. Rufus Glasper, Dr. Adam Fein, and Dr. Andrea Wade are among the panelists who will participate in three sessions during the upcoming Virtual Innovations and OLC Innovate conferences. Panel discussions will center a forthcoming study on the efficacy of inquiry-based discussion, innovating for scale in online learning, and how to cultivate an anti-racist pedagogy.

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Three Powerful Ways to Engage Your Classes This Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, Packback has partnered with our brilliant network of educators and students to create resources that can help spark dialogue and inspire meaningful classroom conversations. Check out our curated list of 3 essential resources to engage your classes this Black History Month.

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The Importance of Supportive Ed Tech at HBCUs

Dr. Tyra Gross is a professor of public health at Xavier University of Louisiana, a historically Black university. In her experience, she has found that HBCUs are often well-known for a few specific things (famous graduates, high-profile conversations with tech CEOs), but folks don’t know as much about what happens on campus day-to-day. As we celebrate Black History Month, Dr. Gross took a moment to shine a light on one of the most important parts of her experience as a professor at an HBCU: the importance of technology as a way to support students.

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Former Chancellor of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Highlights Packback as One Way to Encourage Stimulating Remote Learning

In a recent article for The EvoLLLution, John Cavanaugh writes about best practices for stimulating student curiosity in the age of remote learning. The key? Implementing solutions that encourage students to challenge themselves through critical analysis. Cavanaugh points out Packback‘s “thoughtful, creative approach to online learning” as one effective approach for engaging students.

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#UndergraduateVoices: “Student Experience” Webinar Panelists Share Their Thoughts on Care in the Classroom in Recent Article

In a recent article for The Hechinger Report, panelists from Packback’s “Student Experience” webinar, Jaida Sloan and Austin Catania, share how their professors made a difference in their classes during a semester marked by a health crisis by emphasizing care. Sloan and Catania highlight Packback as one of the ways their professors showed “care through curiosity.”

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On the Topic of Black History: Exploring the Legacy of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Every year during Black History Month, the higher education community turns its eyes to America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), which have a rich significance that extends far beyond what tends to make headline news. These institutions are enriched by a history that begins with resilience in the face of racism and oppression and has deepened into a legacy of education, service, and support above all. In celebration of this month, we’re taking a deep dive into the history of HBCUs — and how their past informs their present and future.

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Packback Cited as One Way Institutions Are Making the Most of COVID-19 Relief Funding

In a recent article for the New England Journal of Higher Education, Richard Pattenaude, President Emeritus of Ashford University, addresses the recently passed Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. The article details the bill’s requirements and offers examples of how institutions are using funding in innovative ways.

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From Disenchanted with Discussion to Inspired about Inquiry: My Experience Adopting Packback

In this article, Professor Sarah Garman explores her experience teaching online for over a decade and the disenchantment she experienced with traditional online discussion after years of hard effort on her part never quite yielding the results she wanted. With that skeptical attitude, she tried Packback and found her excitement towards discussion reinvigorated through Packback’s inquiry-based approach.

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