A question starts a conversation, but a response fuels an engaging discussion where students can learn through interaction and debate. Just like asking great questions, formulating an engaging response takes practice and can be improved by using structure. After understanding the Community Guidelines and how to ask a quality question, check out this breakdown of […]
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Dr. Paivi Hoikkala of California Polytechnic State University, Pomona explains why giving students feedback on their online discussions is important, especially for an online class.
Asking questions is an important skill that can be improved with practice and by understanding what makes a quality question. Start by reading our Community Guidelines, which explains how open-ended questions facilitate thought-provoking discussions. Next, get familiar with our Curiosity Score to understand how Packback scores questions based on presentation, credibility and effort. After a read-through […]
Students post thousands of questions with sources every week on Packback. Not only do the sources strengthen arguments, but they also serve as a fact-checking tool and provide context for rich conversations. Unfortunately, not all sources are reliable and using an inaccurate source can undermine any argument. So what makes a source credible? Students often […]
Dr. Bryan McCarthy shares why he decided to use Packback in his philosophy courses.
Dr. Paivi Hoikkala of California Polytechnic State University, Pomona shares how she decides which posts to Feature and Spark on Packback. She also explains how Featured and Sparked posts are valuable to students.
Dr. Paivi Hoikkala of California Polytechnic State University, Pomona explains how she uses Packback to encourage her history students to interpret and analyze primary sources.
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 […]
The Packback team released a new feature on the Packback Questions platform called Sparks. Sparks work a bit like upvotes or likes on other social platforms but with a much more specific purpose. Sparks are given to posts that “sparked your curiosity” to show appreciation to the original writer and help the community recognize the […]
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 […]