The Packback Blog

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 […]

Student Perspective: How Packback Questions Measures up to Other Discussion Platforms

Student Jenna Baker shares her experience with Packback Questions. An essential feature of the Packback Questions platform is its interactive nature. One main purpose of having students write discussion posts or ask questions is so they can grow and learn from one another in addition to classroom learning. Although this may be the common use […]

The Ability for Students to Engage and Interact 24/7

Student Beverly Paz shares her experience with Packback Questions. When attending larger schools, such as the University of Alabama, it is nearly impossible to avoid larger classes. Within two years, I have been in several lecture-based classes with a couple of hundred classmates. The issue is that when the class is too big, the professor […]

The Sky is the Limit with Packback Questions

Student Jenna Baker shares her experience with Packback Questions. Last semester, I took BIOS 350 (Microbiology), and my professor used Packback Questions to let our class explore our curiosity and collaborate with each other through structured, student-led online discussion. It also allows my professor to evaluate us on our curiosity and our interest with the […]

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 […]

What’s New with Packback: Spring 2017

Some of you may be wondering what Packback has been up to lately. About a year ago, we claimed space in our own office in Chicago’s South Loop and introduced our 1.0 platform, Packback Answers. Shortly after, in the Summer of 2016, we launched our 2.0 platform, Packback Questions. We shared about this update back […]

The Packback Curiosity Scoring System

Unlike other discussion boards, Packback Questions is equipped with an algorithm that measures the quality of posts on Packback. We call it the Curiosity Score, and we are very excited about the accuracy with which it can score the effort, presentation and credibility of every question and response on Packback!