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Introducing Section Small Groups

In the 3 years since Packback Questions was released, Packback has researched many ways of helping big classes feel more personal. Thanks to feedback from professor users about the desire for more flexibility in subdividing communities and grouping students by section, Packback has released a new feature called “Section Small Groups” that allows students to participate with the entire class or filter their experience on Packback to only include students from their own section.

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Introducing Feed Sorting

There are thousands of awesome, deep discussions happening on Packback every day, but navigating and finding all of those great discussions used to be a challenge. We now have several new ways to sort and order questions so users can easily find the best, most thought-provoking content!

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What’s Going on at Packback: January 2019

We’re only a month into the new year, but Packback has already achieved some major milestones in 2019! We’ve moved to a new space, doubled our sales team and added a new round of capital which will be used to continue our mission of fueling lifelong curiosity. Plus, we have a lot of exciting goals for the rest of the year including growing our team, improving our platform and supporting our professors with research.

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An Introduction to Packback with Dr. Kathleen West

Packback was joined by Dr. Kathleen West from the University of North Carolina Charlotte to discuss how she uses Packback to improve student critical thinking and writing. She also shares key learnings from her research comparing how different discussion methods impacted student participation and written test exams. This research was presented at NITOP 2019.

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Packback Webinar: Using Technology to Improve Critical Thinking and Engagement

Packback CEO Mike Shannon was joined by Dr. Kathleen West of UNC Charlotte and Dr. Kaston Anderson-Carpenter of Michigan State University. These two psychology professors shared how they’re using technology and positive reinforcement to improve students’ critical thinking skills, engagement and written communication.

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Case Study: Inspiring Students with Online Discussion

Case study describing how Packback helped students understand the importance of class concepts, build connections and improve their writing on exams in Dr. West’s Psychology Class.

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Case Study: Engaging Students with Technology

Case Study of how one professor at Michigan State University utilized technology in the classroom to increase student engagement, promote critical thinking and improve student exam grades. 

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Case Study: Using Packback In Large Lectures

In this case study, Dr. Stephanie Tikkanen shares how she utilized Packback to bring online discussion into her large, 400-student course. In the process, she found herself more connected to her students as well.

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