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Case Study: Creating an Inclusive Classroom with Packback

Case Study explaining how student-focused professor Dr. Mark Reisinger engages and connects with 150+ students in a single lecture using Packback discussion for the past several years.

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The Packback Method: Best Practices for Engaging Students

Our platform, Packback Questions, is an assistive technology designed to guide the development of curiosity and critical thinking in students. We’ve seen professors use Packback to help students fall in love with the subject matter, and we understand that a professor’s role in student growth is irreplaceable. But finding innovative ways to connect and challenge the 21st-century student can be overwhelming alongside a schedule filled with classroom prep, research, administrative duties and other commitments! The Packback Method helps by highlighting three simple steps to help busy professors connect and challenge students in 15 minutes or less!

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Exploring Packback: Experimental Psychology Students Debate Trending Topics

Students are exposed to different information and opinions from the media every day. In fact, according to a survey conducted by MSNBC and the Wall Street Journal, Americans are more divided than ever. With Packback students participate in academic discussions with their peers to question information and make connections between lecture, life experiences and current events. One group of Experimental Psychology students from The University of Alabama spent a semester asking thought-provoking questions and refining their views on trending topics.

These students brought ideas from the media and Hollywood to the classroom by adding credible sources into the mix. Students even sparked conversations that questioned the role of psychology in society. Some of the most popular topics of the semester included the rehabilitation of criminals, pretrial psychology evaluations and the role of ethics in scientific advancement.
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Student Perspective: Discovering New Ideas on Packback Questions

It was 9:05 a.m. and I was in my seat ready to start my final semester as a senior at the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. I had my laptop out and was eager to learn what awaited me in Leadership Ethics. My teacher strode in, leaned back on one of the tables near the podium and stated, “Okay class, we’ll be using Packback this semester, so make sure to make an account by next week.” A quiet groan echoed through the classroom. ‘Another assignment we have to keep track of’, I thought, but I went ahead and got my account set up. No matter the program, every new assignment is met with skepticism, and Packback was no different. However, after having experienced it myself, I found myself whistling a different tune. Read more “Student Perspective: Discovering New Ideas on Packback Questions”

CEO Mike Shannon at the ASU GSV Summit

“We are reversing education’s fast-answer epidemic, reviving the life skill of asking great questions by awakening and fueling lifelong curiosity, no matter the scale.”

Listen to our co-founder and CEO Mike Shannon discuss the mission of Packback at the ASU/GSV conference.

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Case Study: Engaging Students in Large Lectures

Case Study showing how a Harvard Professor brought intimate discussion and student engagement to a large introductory course at the University of California, Davis through the use of Packback for online discussion.

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Student-Driven Discussions with Packback

At Packback, we believe that when students are given an opportunity to be curious and ask the big questions, they’ll be equipped with skills to become future innovators. Packback encourages students to explore classroom materials in a new and interesting way, which makes students more willing to engage and apply their learnings.

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