The Packback Blog

Packback’s COVID-19 Continuity Support Program

Packback has received numerous requests from institutions on how they can effectively transition their face-to-face courses online in both (a) keeping students engaged and (b) supporting faculty teaching online. To do our part in ensuring students stay connected and engaged, we have decided to provide zero cost Packback licenses through the end of the term (up to June 30 2020) for any courses moving online for COVID-19 prevention.

Webinar: Techniques for Improving Online Discussion and Student Engagement

As an instructor, you’ve probably experienced disengaged online discussion boards. You want students sharing insights into class assignments and engaging in productive dialogues about how to apply class concepts to their lives. Instead, students ask closed-ended questions and respond to each others’ posts with one-word answers. 

Packback Webinar: Increasing Student Engagement in Any Size Course

In this webinar, Dr. Stephanie Tikkanen shares techniques on how she uses Packback to increase engagement in her 18, 100 and 400-student courses. She also discusses how the increased engagement led to more personal interactions in lecture halls, more visibility into students’ understanding of course material and helped spark student curiosity for the subject matter.

Building Connections Through Academic Discussion

Dr. Paivi Hoikkala teaches upper-level online history courses at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona. Her primary goal, aside from getting her students to have a general sense of chronology, is to help them make connections between the past and the present.