It was 9:05 a.m. and I was in my seat ready to start my final semester as a senior at the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. I had my laptop out and was eager to learn what awaited me in Leadership Ethics.
The Packback Blog
The spring semester has wrapped up and it’s been an exciting year for Packback. We started the year as a team of 22 working to find our place in education. Since then, we’ve secured $4.2 million Series A funding, added 20 new team members and reached students at more than 100 universities!
“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.
At Packback, we believe when students are allowed 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 way, which makes students more willing to engage and apply their learnings.
Asking questions is an important skill that can be improved with practice and by understanding what makes a quality question.
Students post thousands of questions with sources every week on Packback. Not only do the sources strengthen arguments, but they also serve as a fact-checking tool and provide context for rich conversations. Unfortunately, not all sources are reliable and using an inaccurate source can undermine any argument. So what makes a source credible?
Dr. Paivi Hoikkala of California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, explains how she uses Packback to encourage her history students to start interpreting and analyzing primary sources.
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 Packback team released a new feature on the Packback Questions platform called Sparks. Sparks work a bit like upvotes or likes on other social platforms but with a much more specific purpose.
Electronic discussion can stimulate and develop critical thinking skills in students, and we’re not the only ones who believe it.