The Packback Blog

Case Study: Engaging Students with Technology

Case Study of how one professor at Michigan State University utilized technology in the classroom to increase student engagement, promote critical thinking and improve student exam grades. 

CEO Mike Shannon at the ASU GSV Summit

“We are reversing education’s fast-answer epidemic, reviving the life skill of asking great questions by awakening and fueling lifelong curiosity, no matter the scale.” Listen to our co-founder and CEO Mike Shannon discuss the mission of Packback at the ASU/GSV conference.

Packback Takes on $1.5M in New Funding Including Strategic Investments from University Ventures and ICG Ventures

Packback adds $1.5 million of new capital with participation from industry strategic investors as the Chicago-based education technology company doubles its user-base since the last semester and anticipates over 70,000 new students at 50+ universities using the service throughout the academic year. The investments from University Ventures, the premier investor in education technology focused on […]

What Makes a Question Better?

What actually makes a question better? Similar to other classroom discussion platforms, Packback encourages student engagement and interactivity to encourage further learning and giving students more of a voice outside of their large lecture hall. But what Packback also offers is its ability to guide students to higher levels of thinking through asking better questions […]

Biology Is Better With Questions

In biology there are a lot of facts and memorization.Doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of room for imagination, right? But what if students were able to use these facts to fix the present and imagine the future? Turns out they are, and they’re doing it through Packback Questions.

Psychology Is Better With Questions

In many student’s eyes, psychology is one of the most engaging and interesting subjects in college. That’s for three reasons: We all have personal stories to share. Psychology brings these stories out in full color and emotions. Psychology helps us understand ourselves better, by gaining new perspectives on our own experiences. It’s fascinating to discuss […]

Curiosity in the Classroom – Utilizing Bloom’s Taxonomy

Class, memorize, exam, repeat. Valuable education is about more than memorizing facts and data and passing exams. Students’ thinking is far greater than a GPA. Packback believes that curiosity has a place in every classroom. One framework that encourages curiosity during the cognitive process is Bloom’s Taxonomy. Packback Questions is a student engagement platform that […]

The critical importance of curiosity in education

As children, we are often told that we ask too many questions. We are also told that school is where we will find the answers to all of these questions. As we get older, that notion is reinforced and we are told that attending college is a place for me to learn about anything and […]