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Unlocking Fearless Curiosity: Bridging the gap between the classroom and the authentic self

Karyl Garland, Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, shares her teaching philosophy: call upon students’ rich experiences to meet them where they are and create a balanced learning environment.

Recent Articles

5 Tips For Avoiding Burnout

Whether you are a K-12 teacher or a higher ed professor, you may sometimes feel overwhelmed by your workload. While some stress is normal, if it dominates your life then it can lead to burnout.  Between grading, meetings, and actual teaching, burnout is common among educators – so we pulled together five tips to help …

Curious About Packback: A Closer Look at Curiosity Scores

Central to Packback’s discussion platform is the Curiosity Score – which is based on students’ communication, credibility, and curiosity, infused in their discussion posts. This feedback is provided in real-time to students, as a virtual coach that guides them to write higher quality posts.

A Chat About Packback Instruct with Co-founder Jessica Tenuta

Packback’s newest release Packback Instruct is a comprehensive add-on to the existing platform that gives instructors more power to support their students.

OLC Accelerate 2021: Takeaways From a Tumultuous and Complex Year in Higher Education

OLC Accelerate 2021 presented the unique opportunity for leaders in higher education to come together and reflect on lessons learned during COVID, as well as share key takeaways from a challenging year unlike any other.

What Science Fiction Can Teach us About Making Ethical AI a Reality

How can human beings remain relevant alongside Artificial Intelligence, when this technology appears to challenge the very nature of what it means to be human? Surprisingly, science fiction may hold a clue to this all-too-real question.

What Pride Month means to me: Fearless and Riotous

Pride month, for many, is a time to celebrate self-expression, love, and acceptance. In this essay, Packback Product Support Manager, Nico Tangorra, writes about how Packback’s company purpose of Fearless Curiosity relates to Pride Month, who and what the celebration should honor, and what Pride truly means outside of one symbolic month.

Planning for an Uncertain Fall Term? Packback Can Help

While uncertainty around the upcoming Fall 2021 semester is abundant, Packback is one point of certainty when planning for classes because of how adaptable and reliable the platform’s results are in a range of mediums, disciplines, and course sizes.

Three Powerful Ways to Engage Your Classes This Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, Packback has partnered with our brilliant network of educators and students to create resources that can help spark dialogue and inspire meaningful classroom conversations. Check out our curated list of 3 essential resources to engage your classes this Black History Month.

The Importance of Supportive Ed Tech at HBCUs

Dr. Tyra Gross is a professor of public health at Xavier University of Louisiana, a historically Black university. In her experience, she has found that HBCUs are often well-known for a few specific things (famous graduates, high-profile conversations with tech CEOs), but folks don’t know as much about what happens on campus day-to-day. As we …


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