The Packback Blog

On-Demand Webinar: Sparking Magic with Packback Instruct

On April 26th, 2022, Packback’s Chief Product Officer, Jessica Tenuta, led a webinar all about Packback’s latest release, Packback Instruct! Dr. Phil Mixter (Associate Professor, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Washington State University School of Molecular Biosciences) and Keith Hollowell (Adjunct Faculty, English Department, Virginia Commonwealth University) joined the conversation to share how they use …

Rethinking the Socratic Method for a New Generation

Dr. Jeremy Van Hof, director of Learning Technologies at Broad College of Business, says that sometimes what’s new isn’t necessarily what’s best. What actually makes the difference between a shiny new tool and a tool that you need in your classroom? One that builds on traditional methods rather than avoiding them altogether.

In the Wake of COVID-19, Tools Like Packback Help Instructors Reset Expectations and Empower Students

In a new article for Getting Smart, Dr. Bill Harrison, former superintendent of Cumberland County Schools and former chair of the North Carolina State Board of Education, explores the potential of AI to reshape classroom expectations so that students can thrive.

Unlocking Fearless Curiosity: Bridging the gap between the classroom and the authentic self

Karyl Garland, Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, shares her teaching philosophy: call upon students’ rich experiences to meet them where they are and create a balanced learning environment.

K-12 Dive Article Outlines How Tools Like Packback Can Build Classroom Community and Save Educator Time

In a new article for K-12 Dive, former Superintendent of Palm Beach County Schools, Robert Avossa, shares how educators can free up their time from administrative tasks to focus on students. The solution? Implementing the right EdTech tools that can save time in the classroom while promoting community.

On-Demand Webinar: Creating Community Without the Classroom

On Wednesday, November 10th, Dr. Marie Cini, Acting CEO of ED2WORK, led a panel discussion featuring Dr. Shannon McCarty (Bay Path University), Dr. Allison Rief (University of Arizona Global Campus), and Michael Medlock, M.Ed. (Rio Salado College). Panelists came together to discuss how inquiry-based discussion can foster peer-to-peer interaction, help students formulate inquiries, and create …

On-Demand Webinar: My Top 3 Fears When Adopting Packback

On September 14th, 2021, Kelsey Kramer, M.S, joined Packback to moderate a conversation around instructor perceptions of Packback prior to implementation. Dr. Stephanie Craig and Bryan McCarthy, DPhil also joined the conversation to share their thoughts around 3 common faculty fears when it comes to adopting a dramatically different approach to class discussion. Dr. Stephanie …

Packback during COVID-19: A year of learning in a remote world

Over the past year, professors had to pivot quickly to a new normal, teaching and learning in a remote world, and Packback was there every step of the way. And while circumstances changed, the quality of engagement on Packback didn’t — check out how Packback continued to achieve unparalleled student outcomes throughout the pandemic: