Dr. Bryan McCarthy teaches introduction and upper-level philosophy courses to non-majors at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg. He challenges his students to move beyond memorizing theories and philosophers and to engage with readings and discussions that challenge the way they think.Read more “Using Academic Discussion to Encourage Reading”
The Packback Blog
This spring Packback released two new features; Feed Sorting and Section Small Groups. Packback CPO Jessica Tenuta shares how these new features improve the visibility of online discussions and help students discover trending posts and unanswered questions.
Packback has researched many ways of helping big classes feel more personal. Thanks to feedback from instructor users about the desire for more flexibility in subdividing communities, Packback developed Section Small Groups which allows students to participate with the entire class or filter their experience on Packback to only include students from their own section.Read more “Product Feature: Section Small Groups”
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. At Packback, we have several ways to sort and order questions so users can easily find the best, most thought-provoking content!Read more “Product Feature: Feed Sorting”
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.
Since implementing Packback, Dr. Matt Goren from the University of Georgia has not only been satisfied by students’ posts online, he also noticed students becoming more vocal in the classroom.Read more “Packback’s Impact on Students In Class”
Our mission at Packback is to fuel lifelong curiosity. Not only in students but also in our Chicago office. We have a value-focused team who is passionate about helping professors build their students’ critical thinking skills and make the subject matter come to life.Read more “Packback is Hiring: Why You Should Consider Joining the Team!”
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.
Dr. Bryan McCarthy shares some of the challenges he faces in teaching philosophy and how Packback helped to overcome some of those challenges.Read more “Getting Students to Read the Course Material”
As enrollment and class size increase, instructors face more challenges in keeping students engaged. According to a study from the University of Sussex, students in large lectures become passive recipients because the fast-paced environment doesn’t allow them to engage with course content. Whether classes are in-person or online, instructors must find ways to empower students to take ownership of their learning, such as incorporating discussion.Read more “The Value of Discussion”
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