Engaging Students with Autonomy in Class

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Jennifer Richards noticed class engagement improve when students had more autonomy in their learning

Jennifer Richards’ Introduction to Business course covers a lot of topics. In past courses, Richards’ students weren’t engaged in the material week-to-week. When she introduced Packback, Richards noticed students taking initiative in asking thought-provoking questions and relating stories from all over the world to class concepts that interested them. 

“I really think [Packback] has been super engaging and really got my students to care more about the course compared to what we’ve used before where I was the one posing the questions,” shares Richards, “This allows them some autonomy and some say-so in how the course is operating.”


INSTITUTION

Ivy Tech Community College

DEPARTMENT

Business

COURSE

Introduction to Business

SIZE

26 Students


“The thing I have really liked about Packback is how engaged my students have been. They are able to ask questions that are really important to them, that interest them [and] that motivates them to actually participate in the course. I’ve had questions from so many different perspectives… They pay attention to the news, and they bring up stories from all over the world that have to do with what we’re reading.”


Community Stats

QUESTIONS

90

AVG CURIOSITY SCORE

61

RESPONSES

125

AVG WORDS PER POST

96



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