The Packback Blog

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.

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 investments from University Ventures, the premier investor in education technology focused on […]

Packback Students are Raising Questions about North Korea

Is North Korea a threat to the rest of the world? Students on Packback Questions are curious to know after North Korea recently televised a military parade featuring missiles, marching and tanks.

History Is Better With Questions

What’s the history of Avogadro’s mol? How did Pythagoras discover his famed theorem? What inspired the painters of the Renaissance? These students on Packback Questions are curious to know the history of these things.

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 […]

Biology Is Better With Questions

In biology there are a lot of facts and memorization.Doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of room for imagination, right? But what if students were able to use these facts to fix the present and imagine the future? Turns out they are, and they’re doing it through Packback Questions.