The Packback Blog

Webinar Highlights: Comparing Learning Management System Discussion to Packback

On June 16th, 2021at 12 PM CST, Dr. E Ann McGee led an all-star panel conversation with VP Jana Kooi, Dr. Kimberly Coffman, and Dr. Kathy Cecil-Sanchez. Check out the highlights from the webinar to hear panelists share the findings from Packback’s year-long study, explore the emerging research on discussion pedagogy, and discuss the future of educational technology.

Webinar Highlights: Instructor Experiences Using Packback in Face-to-Face Versus Online Classes

On April 27th, Dr. Kathleen West, assistant professor of psychology at Winthrop University, and Dr. Carlos Olivo, assistant teaching professor of chemistry at Colorado State University, joined Packback to compare their experiences using Packback and to share how instructors can use the AI-powered discussion platform to stay prepared in times of uncertainty.

Planning for an Uncertain Fall Term? Packback Can Help

While uncertainty around the upcoming Fall 2021 semester is abundant, Packback is one point of certainty when planning for classes because of how adaptable and reliable the platform’s results are in a range of mediums, disciplines, and course sizes.

Former Chancellor of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Highlights Packback as One Way to Encourage Stimulating Remote Learning

In a recent article for The EvoLLLution, John Cavanaugh writes about best practices for stimulating student curiosity in the age of remote learning. The key? Implementing solutions that encourage students to challenge themselves through critical analysis. Cavanaugh points out Packback‘s “thoughtful, creative approach to online learning” as one effective approach for engaging students.

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.

Webinar: Techniques for Improving Online Discussion and Student Engagement

As an instructor, you’ve probably experienced disengaged online discussion boards. You want students sharing insights into class assignments and engaging in productive dialogues about how to apply class concepts to their lives. Instead, students ask closed-ended questions and respond to each others’ posts with one-word answers.