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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Chritopher Capp on Enhancing the Level of Questioning in His Biochemistry Course
Dr. Christoper Capp shares how implementing Packback helped his students connect what they learned in previous courses to what they were learning in their senior-level biochemistry course. Dr. Capp found that these connections began enhancing the level of questioning from his students.
“Over the past half of the semester that we’ve been using Packback, I’ve already noticed students are thinking much more critically and at a much deeper level about the material that we’re covering.”
In this webinar, Dr. Stephanie Tikkanen shares techniques on how she uses Packback to increase engagement in her 18, 100 and 400-student courses. She also discusses how the increased engagement led to more personal interactions in lecture halls, more visibility into students’ understanding of course material and helped spark student curiosity for the subject matter.
How one instructor uses an AI-supported discussion board to begin improving critical thinking and application skills in his students.
Dr. Corey Fox, Assistant Professor
Texas State University
Strategic Mangement & Business
Dr. Corey Fox wants the students that complete his business strategy capstone course at Texas State University to have strong communication, critical thinking and application skills. “We want [students] to be able to do things, like communicate both written and orally, develop analytical and critical thinking skills [and] be able to integrate some of the knowledge that they’ve acquired from various courses into one coherent knowledge about business,” explains Dr. Fox. “Then it’s to be able to apply some of the materials, some of the tools that they’re provided in the course to practical situations and activities.”
Since Packback encourages students to dialogue back and forth with each other, Dr. Fox found his students to have stronger communication skills after using Packback for a term.
Packback rewards detailed posts. Therefore, students have to really understand and think critically about the class material in order to write quality posts that would receive a high Curiosity Score.
Dr. Fox noticed students were doing outside research to find articles about class topics. His students were then applying what they learned in these articles to what other students were posting on Packback.
Dr. David Munson of Texas A&M University explains how Packback solves a problem for in-class-based assignment structures because it gives students the power to interact with each other. He also explains how Packback helps students build rapport with their peers.
Dr. Paivi Hoikkala teaches upper-level online history courses at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona. Her primary goal, aside from getting her students to have a general sense of chronology, is to help them make connections between the past and the present. “One of the main things I want students to get from the class is for them to have an enthusiasm for the past and understand that the past explains the present,” explains Dr. Hoikkala. “Obviously the usual learning objections; getting a general sense of chronology and naming dates [is important], but really, I think it’s creating that sense of excitement about the past and connections between the past and the present.”