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Enhancing the Level of Questioning in a Senior-Level Course

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.”

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Packback Webinar: Increasing Student Engagement in Any Size Course

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.

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Promoting Peer Interaction with 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.

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Building Connections Through Academic Discussion

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.”

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