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Engaging Students with Technology [Case Study]

INSTITUTION Michigan State University DEPARTMENT Psychology COURSE Community Psychology SIZE 130-250 Students Students walk into Dr. Kaston Anderson-Carpenter’s psychology course at Michigan State University, take their seats and pull out their laptops, tablets and smartphones. His classroom quickly fills with rows of students interacting with their devices. However, what fills their screens is not the same […]

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 […]

Preparing Students for Their Future Careers [Case Study]

INSTITUTION Grand Valley State University DEPARTMENT Occupational Science & Therapy COURSE Theoretical Foundations of Occupational Therapy SIZE 20 Students