The Packback Blog

Case Study: How Different Discussion Methods Affect Student Engagement

A professor at the University of Georgia performed an experiment comparing the effectiveness of Packback, Blackboard and written reaction papers. When Dr. Matt Goren was presented with an opportunity to teach Introduction to Personal Finance at the University of Georgia, he wanted to engage his students and equip them to make smart financial decisions during […]

Creating an Inclusive Classroom with Packback [Case Study]

INSTITUTION Binghamton University DEPARTMENT Geography COURSE World Regional Geography SIZE 44-192 Students Every Monday morning, Dr. Mark Reisinger enters his office at Binghamton University and prepares for his week. He answers student emails, uploads grades and preps for his next geography class. However, as a Collegiate Professor, getting ready for his weekly geography classes is only half […]

Engaging Students in Large Lectures [Case Study]

INSTITUTION UC Davis DEPARTMENT Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior COURSE Animal Behavior SIZE 170-400 Students After teaching at Harvard University for seven years, Dr. Stacey Combes was excited to pursue tenure at the University of California, Davis. But transferring to UC Davis meant trading intimate, discussion-driven classes for amphitheaters filled with hundreds of non-majors. Even with […]

Case Study: Improving Critical Thinking Through Online Discussion

Case Study about how graduate instructor Dr. Jennifer Summers at Grand Valley State University uses Packback to prepare students for their careers in Occupational Therapy.