As an instructor, you’ve probably experienced disengaged online discussion boards. You want students sharing insights into class assignments and engaging in productive dialogues about how to apply class concepts to their lives. Instead, students ask closed-ended questions and respond to each others’ posts with one-word answers.
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Our platform, Packback Questions, is an assistive technology designed to guide the development of curiosity and critical thinking in students.
At Packback, we’re dedicated to promoting student engagement no matter the subject, class size or student environment! Learn from one of Packback’s Senior Experience Managers on how instructors are using Packback to inspire student curiosity.
Dr. Stephanie Tikkanen from Ohio University shares how she uses Packback in her course of 18 to increase student engagement.
There is strong evidence that peer learning is an effective way to motivate deeper learning in the classroom. In this webinar, Alex Gainer of the University of Alberta shares three strategies instructors can use to transition their class from the traditional chalk-and-talk lecture to an environment that encourages effective peer learning.
In this webinar, Dr. Stephanie Tikkanen shares techniques on how she uses Packback to increase engagement in her 18, 100 and 400-student courses. She also discusses how the increased engagement led to more personal interactions in lecture halls, more visibility into students’ understanding of course material and helped spark student curiosity for the subject matter.
In this webinar, Dr. Kathleen West of UNC Charlotte shares data from her study presented at the 2019 NITOP and ITC eLearning conferences. This study explores how Packback compares to other discussion methods, such as LMS discussion boards when it comes to improving students’ written scores, exam grades and participation.
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.
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 […]
It is no secret that class sizes in public and private institutions across the country are growing. And the rapidly changing classroom structure isn’t slowing down.
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