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Featured Resources

While the Packback platform is one great way to bring curiosity, critical thinking, and interaction into a classroom, it is just the beginning. We are excited to share downloadable eBooks and guides that provide resources to help instructors create a motivating and curiosity-driven environment in any size class.

White Paper: Impact of Online Discussion Platform and Pedagogy on Student Outcomes

This study explores the impact of the use of Packback on grade outcomes, student engagement, and discussion quality. 10 institutions participated in an IRB-approved comparative study of the use of Packback versus the Learning Management System discussion. Students in the Packback treatment group were more engaged, wrote longer posts, cited sources more often, and earned more A’s and fewer F’s than students in the control group.

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The Anti-Racist Discussion Pedagogy Guide

This guide provides a starting resource for instructors who want to adopt an Anti-Racist discussion pedagogy in their own classroom, regardless of discipline or course subject matter.

The intention of this guide is to balance theory with practical tools for easing the transition to an anti-racist teaching style. This guide was produced in partnership with three exceptional educators who employ anti-racist teaching methods in their own classrooms across multiple disciplines.

Instructor resources about Packback

We’re excited to partner with you to awaken the fearless, relentless curiosity in your students. Below you’ll find a collection of resources to help guide you, no matter where you are in the term.

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Get Started on Packback

Getting set up on Packback is quick and easy. Seamlessly add Packback to your course and set your students up for success with just a few simple steps – we’ll show you how.

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How to Integrate Packback into your Course

We’ve collected feedback from hundreds of past instructors to assemble a guide to help you successfully integrate the Packback platform into your course. Our step-by-step guide will teach you how to set up an effective grading structure, engage with your discussion, and reinforce curiosity in your subject matter.

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How to Get the Most Out of Packback

Packback has implemented a wide variety of tools and features designed to help students engage with course material and build key skills, as well as make grading easier for instructors. Review key features, learn how to use them effectively, and get engagement ideas for using them in your course.

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Resources for Students

Community Guidelines

Packback has set up Community Guidelines to keep discussions thought-provoking, insightful, and safe for everyone. We believe in being kind, curious, fearless, creative, and open to new ideas. Any posts on the Packback Questions platform that violate these guidelines are flagged for removal from their community.

View the Community Guidelines

Curiosity Scoring System

Unlike other discussion boards, Packback Questions is equipped with an algorithm that provides feedback on the effort, credibility, and depth of posts on Packback, called the Packback Curiosity Score. Instead of being used for grading posts, this score is used to give instant feedback to students on how they can push their posts further.

Learn more about the Curiosity Score

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