The Packback Blog

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:

White Paper Reveals Findings From Study on Packback’s Efficacy Across 10 Institutions

The white paper, now available for download, highlights data from a study exploring the impact of the use of Packback on grade outcomes, student engagement, and discussion quality. 

Impact of Online Discussion Platform and Pedagogy on Student Outcomes

1.96X More Posts (Median) Students in the Packback treatment group had a 1.96X higher median post rate, despite both the treatment and control group having equivalent quantitative posting requirements. 1.83X More Active In Spring 2020 (during the COVID-19 pandemic), the Packback treatment group, there were 1.83X as many ‘Weekly Active Users’ than in the control …

Leaders in Higher Education Come Together for Packback’s Academic Innovation Board

Packback has brought together leaders in higher education transformation for its newly formed Academic Innovation Board. Members of the Board include Eduardo J. Padron, President Emeritus of Miami Dade College, Marie Cini, Chief Strategy Officer at ED2WORK, and Rufus Glasper, President and CEO of the League for Innovation and Chancellor Emeritus at Maricopa Community College …

Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) Signs Three-Year Contract with Packback as Result of National Research Study

A national study conducted on the use of artificial intelligence in the classroom has led to a three-year contract between HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, and Packback. Among findings from the study are improved student engagement and better discussion quality.

Research From Ivy Tech Partnership With Packback Will Aim to Identify Best Approaches for Engaging Students from Historically Underrepresented Backgrounds

In an article via Campus Technology, author Rhea Kelley writes about Ivy Tech’s recent partnership with Packback and its potential to close campus-wide equity gaps through research that aims to identify the best pedagogical approaches for engaging students from underrepresented groups.

AI-Powered Discussion Forums Give Students “High-Quality Experience” They Now Expect From Remote Learning During COVID

As students move past the unexpected turmoil brought on the spring semester by COVID-19, “high-quality” remote learning is the new expectation. In her recent article for the League For Innovation, Doreen Fisher-Bammer, Associate Provost of Virtual Learning at HACC, uncovers how artificial intelligence plays a key role in improving the online classroom when implemented thoughtfully.