Packback Platform Release Notes
Welcome! This page is a record of key customer-facing changes in the Packback platform and AI.
You can suggest features and changes at feedback.packback.co (and vote on other ones you like!).
February 28, 2023
Smart Highlighting for Deep Dives Guiding Questions
This feature helps instructors more easily find where in students’ essay the student attempted to answer the guiding questions as per the assignment.
February 16, 2023
Plagiarism Diffs in Deep Dives
Instructors can now more see a side-by-side diff comparison of the student’s text to the matched text.
February 15, 2023
In-line Commenting in Deep Dives
Instructors and TA’s can now mark-up students’ essays with comments, giving our instructors yet another way to provide quality feedback to students!
September 13, 2022
Packback Deep Dives
We are thrilled to announce that our newest product, Packback Deep Dives, is now available to add to your Spring 2023 classes. We are currently running a closed early-access program to the product. Open access to all our users will start on January 1, 2023!
August 5, 2022
LTI Roster Imports (IN BETA)
Schools using LTI 1.3 now have the ability to import course rosters into Packback. Note: this is in beta form and will still require testing in different LMSes.
July 18, 2022
Packback now supports Google OAuth Single Sign-on and roster importing through Google Classroom for K12 users.
July 14, 2022
QR Codes are now available to teachers on each Question in a community.
June 13, 2022
Community Copying Enhancements
When copying a community, users can now edit fields before creating it. Previously you’d have to copy over everything and edit it later!
May 12, 2022
New filter for Match & Message
For instructors who use Packback Instruct, they can now optionally filter their messages to students who belong to a particular section in a Packback community.
Apr 12, 2022
Roster Upload Email Domain
When uploading a roster, a professor can now directly edit the email domain of all students on their file.
Apr 6, 2022
Updated Mobile Styling
The community feeds and post pages now have a sleeker UI when viewing on a mobile device.
Apr 5, 2022
Professors now have the ability to copy their Packback communities semester-over-semester. It will retain the settings of whatever community you are copying!
Apr 5, 2022
Professors and TAs now have the ability to schedule their questions ahead of time!
Apr 1, 2022
Enhanced Gradebook Sync in LTI 1.3
We have enhanced our gradebook sync capabilities in communities that use LTI version 1.3. The most notable difference is that Packback makes grading columns automatically in the LMS gradebook now. Students also do not need to access each assignment link to get a grade!
Mar 18, 2022
Filtering the Community Feed
Students and instructors now have the ability to filter the Community Feed to questions from a specific assignment or deadline.
Feb 15, 2022
Packback Polls Improvements
We’ve made some UX/UI improvements to our Packback polls in Packback Instruct! Students will now see a more seamless way to answer in-class polls without leaving the feedback. Instructors can now download multiple poll CSVs with results in one email.
Jan 1, 2022
Packback Instruct Launch
Packback Instruct is now LIVE and available to add to your Packback communities!
Dec 22, 2021
You can now check out your purchase for a Packback community with a PayPal account.
November 10, 2021
Upload your roster into sections
We’ve added the capability for instructors to put a CSV file of students into a Packback section, if they use them!
November 1, 2021
We made some cosmetic improvements to the way instructors give coach/praise feedback on posts so that you can view the entire contents of the post while you write your feedback.
October 19, 2021
We made it easier to read an entire post without leaving the community feed. Try clicking on the “Preview Post” link on each question and check it out!
October 12, 2021
A behind-the-scenes update…
We know this page has been quiet! It’s because our engineers are hard at work building our new add-on product, Packback Instruct, which will go live in January 2022. Check it out!
September 10, 2021
Delete praising or coaching feedback on a post
Today we added the ability for professors and TAs to remove any feedback they’ve left on a post!
August 30, 2021
Packback Communities have a fresh new look!
We have revamped the look of your Packback communities with a new look! We’ve cleaned up all the links and added them to a sleek sidebar. You can still access all the tools you are used to in the sidebar. You can also collapse it down to make more room on the page.
July 21, 2021
LTI Gradebook Sync
Instructors can now automatically send their grades from Packback into the LMS gradebook if the course is integrated via LTI. Packback supports this feature in Canvas, Blackboard, D2L Brightspace, and Moodle.
July 16, 2021
Unsubscribe to Specific Emails
All users can now unsubscribe from specific types of emails! That means you can remove yourself from “reply” emails if you have a popular post that is blowing up your inbox. 😉
The only emails you CAN’T unsubscribe from are account verification, password reset emails, and alerts when your homework post has been moderated.
Message email@example.com at any time if you want to opt back in to certain emails.
July 8, 2021
Gradebook Override: the whole class!
Professors and TAs can now override the grade for the entire class in the gradebook. Click the Override Grades button at the top of the gradebook. You can choose between changing everyone’s grade, or just those students who have zero credit so far. A dot indicator next to the grade means that it’s been overridden!
July 2, 2021
Professors and TAs can now override the grade for each individual student in the gradebook. Click the pencil icon next to a grade to change it – a dot indicator next to the grade means that it’s been overridden!
June 14th, 2021
Community Start Date
Once your community has started, instructors will no longer be able to change the community’s start date if you’ve decided to use Packback’s automated grading deadlines. This is to cut down on grading mishaps and confusion! You can always use our “skip deadline” functionality if you want to skip the first few grading periods on Packback.
Edit Your Posts Any Time!
Students can now edit their post content ANY time – yes, even after someone has replied to it! Packback used to lock down the edit button once another user had replied to your post, but we realized that was hurting more than helping!
May 19th, 2021
Presenter Mode Privacy Change
When you turn on “Presenter Mode” it will work as usual, but will also now remove the campus associated with a user or post.
April 29th, 2021
Explore Mode Privacy Change
As of this evening, any user who is trying to view a community or a post of a community that they are not a member of, they will not be able to see it. Admins will continue to be able to see any post or community.