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 […]

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 […]

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!

What’s new at Packback in Fall 2016

The start of 2016 has been an exciting time at the Packback office! Not only did we move into our own space and bring on several amazing new team members, but we also launched a brand new platform for our Curiosity Communities, Packback Questions!

Watch Packback’s Jessica Tenuta at TEDxNormal

Our cofounder, Jessica Tenuta spoke at TEDxNormal 2015 about the critical importance of cultivating curiosity in education. We believe that every great innovation is born out of a great question…but students are being taught to answer questions in school, not ask them.

Packback Questions Community Guidelines

Packback Questions is a question-based discussion platform where you can ask the BIG questions about what you’re learning and what you still want to know. Packback exists to awaken the fearless curiosity in every student because we believe that great innovation is born out of great questions.