Improving the Quantity and Quality of Student Discussion Posts

Dr. Aaron Hoshide shares how he’s improving the quality of student discussion posts with Packback. 

Discussion adds value to economic courses because it encourages students to explain how various theories and concepts work in today’s economy. Dr. Aaron Hoshide values discussion but wasn’t satisfied with the level of interaction between his students on traditional discussion boards. After implementing Packback into his graduate-level economics class, Dr. Hoshide noticed a significant increase in the quantity and quality of student discussion posts. Dr. Hoshide was particularly impressed with the responses students were providing to each others’ posts.

“The peer-to-peer interaction on the discussion board was [of] very high quality and a lot more engaged,” shares Dr. Hoshide.


INSTITUTION

University of Maine

DEPARTMENT

Economics

COURSE

Economics for MBA Students

SIZE

45 Students


“I recently had my first-semester with Packback…[and] a couple of big things that Packback was very beneficial for, one was the peer-to-peer interaction on the discussion board was very high quality and a lot more engaged…[And] the second thing that really surprised me was the degree to which students were really encouraged to seek out other materials to connect with the core concepts of the course. I was not expecting that they would do that to the extent that I saw.”


Community Stats

QUESTIONS

105

AVG CURIOSITY SCORE

74.5

RESPONSES

264

AVG WORDS PER POST

198



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