The Packback Blog

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.

Curious About Packback: A Closer Look at Curiosity Scores

Central to Packback’s discussion platform is the Curiosity Score – which is based on students’ communication, credibility, and curiosity, infused in their discussion posts. This feedback is provided in real-time to students, as a virtual coach that guides them to write higher quality posts.

A Chat About Packback Instruct with Co-founder Jessica Tenuta

Packback’s newest release Packback Instruct is a comprehensive add-on to the existing platform that gives instructors more power to support their students.

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:

Packback’s COVID-19 Continuity Support Program

Packback has received numerous requests from institutions on how they can effectively transition their face-to-face courses online in both (a) keeping students engaged and (b) supporting faculty teaching online. To do our part in ensuring students stay connected and engaged, we have decided to provide zero cost Packback licenses through the end of the term (up to June 30 2020) for any courses moving online for COVID-19 prevention.