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Join undergraduate students Neely Edwards, Brenna Schubert, Jaida Sloan, and Austin Catania as they share how COVID has re-shaped what higher education and learning effectively means to each of them.

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Upcoming Webinars

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Tuesday, October 20 at 12 PM CDT

Understanding the Student Experience: New Perspectives on Learning Amidst a Global Pandemic

Student Panelists:

Neely Edwards, Senior at University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Jaida Sloan, Senior at University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Austin Catania, Senior at Pennsylvania State University

Brenna Schubert, Junior at Pennsylvania State University

About this webinar:

Join undergraduate students Neely Edwards, Brenna Schubert, Jaida Sloan, and Austin Catania as they share how COVID has re-shaped what higher education and learning effectively means to each of them.

These students will share an unvarnished look at their personal experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, the surprising things their instructors did that made the biggest difference in helping them feel supported, how the discussion was used in their classroom (and their honest thoughts on the experience), and what they hope instructors do in classrooms this spring and beyond.


Recent Webinars

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Tuesday, September 29 at 12 PM CDT

Packback Master Class: Tips, Tricks, and Practical Approaches for Getting the Most Value out of Packback.

Panelists:
Paul Hillman
Affiliate of Practice Professor of Management at Grand Valley State University

Dr. Jeffery A. Masters Assistant Professor of Biology at University of Louisville

About this webinar:

Professors Paul Hillman and Jeffery A. Masters will share how to maximize Packback’s engagement tools to create effective learning outcomes through student-led, AI-powered online discussion.


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Tuesday, August 25 at 12 PM CDT

Adopting an Anti-Racist Pedagogy: An Introductory Guide to Building an Anti-Racist Pedagogy in any Discipline

Panelists:
Dr. Selfa Chew, Professor of History and African American Studies

Dr. Akil Houston, Professor of African American Studies and Cultural Media Studies

Dr. Alisa Cooper, Professor of English and Journalism

About this webinar:

Packback partnered with three co-authors who specialize in African American studies, cultural media studies, and rhetorical argumentation to produce a guide for instructors working to implement the tenets of Anti-Racism in their classroom, called “The Anti-Racist Discussion Pedagogy”.

In this webinar, Dr. Selfa Chew, Dr. Akil Houston, and Dr. Alisa Cooper will share actionable steps for breaking down race-based power structures in the classroom from their published guide, “The Anti-Racist Discussion Pedagogy”, written in partnership with Packback. Registrants will receive a copy of the guide by email.


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Tuesday, July 28 at 12PM CDT

Big Class, Big Ideas, Big Impact: Successful Online Discussion in a Large Course

Featuring Panelists from the University of Central Florida, the University of Toronto and the University of Missouri

About this webinar:

Whether you’re teaching 100 or 1,000 students, you can successfully utilize discussion to engage students and avoid passive learning without spending hours monitoring your online discussion board.


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Tuesday, July 7 at 12PM CDT

Introducing Packback Instant Feedback: AI-Based Feedback for Mastery Learning

With Jessica Tenuta, Packback Co-Founder and CPO

About this webinar:

We’re excited to share how we’re elevating student questions and responses with mastery-focused feedback through our newest feature, Instant Feedback.


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Tuesday, June 2nd at 12PM CDT

Research Review: Impact of Online Discussion Platform and Pedagogy on Student Performance

Moderated by: Dr. Kathleen Ives
Featuring Panelists from SUNY Plattsburgh, HACC, and Lone Star College

About this webinar:

Packback conducted a large-scale research study in partnership with ten community colleges, systems, and online institutions across the country. This panel discussion will feature three leaders from participating research institutions summarizing key findings from the study comparing the impact of Packback use on course outcomes to those attained using LMS discussion.


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Tuesday, March 24th

Creating Effective and Engaging Online Lectures

With Dr. Kathleen West, Winthrop University

About this webinar:

Recording an engaging lecture requires completely different skills than presenting a lecture in-person. This webinar will share Dr. West’s tips for recording effective lectures, as well as suggestions for free recording tools.


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Tuesday, March 31st

Transitioning Courses Online (in a Jiff)

With Dr. Jadrian Wooten, Penn State University

About this webinar:

Many instructors are being given a week (or less) to fully renovate their course to function online. This webinar will share tips and tools for preparing an online course quickly. As Jadrian says “Keep it simple”!


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Tuesday, April 7th

Building Community in an Online Environment

With Dr. Jenel Cavazos, University of Oklahoma

About this webinar:

The rapid shift online is challenging for instructors and students as communication and connectedness become more difficult. Building community in an online class will help students (and instructors) from feeling isolated.


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Tuesday, April 14th

Advising Students Online

With Dr. Kathleen West, Winthrop University

About this webinar:

How can we support students through this transition? Some instructors act as academic advisors to students. This webinar will provide tips and best practices for setting up successful advising sessions.


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Thursday, April 30th

4 Steps to Better (and Easier) Online Discussion

Featuring Amber Chiang, Communications Lecturer at CSU Bakersfield

About this webinar:

A growing body of research shows that the presence of a well-designed community for students is a critical component of online courses that lead to successful student outcomes. Implementing and managing online discussion doesn’t have to be hard and time-intensive. Using the Community of Inquiry model and a few ‘best practices’ from Packback, this webinar lays out simple steps to get the most out of online discussion without adding administrative burden for instructors.


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Tuesday, May 5th

Empathy versus the Internet: Five Themes for More Human Online Classes

Presented by Dr. Carol Higham, UNC-Charlotte

About this webinar:

COVID-19 has separated us all physically and increased our reliance on technology for connection. While many instructors are concerned now about how to maintain a human connection while teaching online, when used carefully, technology can help empower instructors with more information, insight, and tools to build a more empathetic class experience for all.


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Tuesday, May 12th

Preparing Students to Succeed in a Post-COVID-19 Job Market

Featuring: Marie Cini, ED2WORK; Troy Williams, University Ventures; Dr. Corey Fox, Texas State University

About this webinar:

Students graduating in the coming weeks and months will be facing one of the most difficult job markets in recent history. This panel will feature perspectives from educators, institutions, and industry on what students will need to succeed in a post-COVID-19 world.


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Tuesday, May 19th

Designing a Resilient, Digital-Ready Syllabus for an Uncertain Future

Panel Discussion Featuring:
Dr. Adam Fein, VP for Digital Strategy & Innovation at the University of North Texas; Dr. Jose Vazquez, Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.

About this webinar:

As we head into the summer months with a great deal of uncertainty ahead about whether courses will be online in the fall due to COVID-19, all classes need to be designed to be resilient in the face of any outcome. This webinar will cover 3 key tips for designing resilient, “remote-ready” syllabi.


Get notified when upcoming webinars open for registration

Our community is currently responding to a crisis impacting students, faculty, institutions, and the educational technology community at a never-before-seen scale.

The webinar series hosted by Packback features educators from campuses across the nation who are experts at creating motivating learning environments in any scale or delivery style of course.