The Packback Blog

Case Study: Creating an Inclusive Classroom with Packback

Case Study explaining how student-focused professor Dr. Mark Reisinger engages and connects with 150+ students in a single lecture using Packback discussion for the past several years.

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.

Student-Driven Discussions with Packback

At Packback, we believe that when students are given an opportunity to be curious and ask the big questions, they’ll be equipped with skills to become future innovators. Packback encourages students to explore classroom materials in a new and interesting way, which makes students more willing to engage and apply their learnings.

How to Post a Quality Response on Packback

A question starts a conversation, but a response fuels an engaging discussion where students can learn through interaction and debate. Just like asking great questions, formulating an engaging response takes practice and can be improved by using structure. After understanding the Community Guidelines and how to ask a quality question, check out this breakdown of […]

How to Ask Quality Questions on Packback

Asking questions is an important skill that can be improved with practice and by understanding what makes a quality question. Start by reading our Community Guidelines, which explains how open-ended questions facilitate thought-provoking discussions. Next, get familiar with our Curiosity Score to understand how Packback scores questions based on presentation, credibility and effort. After a read-through […]

Teaching Critical Thinking through Electronic Discussion Platforms

Electronic discussion can stimulate and develop critical thinking skills in students, and we’re not the only ones who believe it. A scholarly article by Steven Greenlaw and Stephen DeLoach called Teaching Critical Thinking with Electronic Discussion spoke on the subject more than ten years ago, and as technology has continued to advance, electronic discussion is […]

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 […]

Introducing the Packback Curiosity Scoring System

Designing an AI to grade for curiosity isn’t easy; psychologists have been trying to boil curiosity down to a definable metric for generations. At Packback, our research team has been working for the past year to develop an algorithm that measures quality of the posts on the Packback platform. While we’re not quite ready to announce that the Packback […]