On May 19th, 2020, Packback’s Chief Product Officer, Jessica Tenuta led a discussion with Dr. Jose Vazquez, Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Dr. Adam Fein, Vice President for Digital Strategy and Innovation at University of North Texas, around key tips for designing resilient, “remote-ready” syllabi.
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“Ask yourself, ‘Will I be able to use this if I go back to teaching face-to-face (or online)?'” ~ Dr. Jose Vazquez
Finding a tool for discussion that translates regardless of teaching medium is essential. If a discussion tool feels limited to either online or face-to-face instruction, it’s likely to leave students feeling restricted as well. Medium agnostic teaching solutions create fluidity and consistency in the classroom.
“Instant elaboration feedback can be very effective in helping students master a topic.” ~ Dr. Adam Fein
The high level of feedback required for successful online courses can also be a major benefit to face-to-face courses. Packback provides tools for instructors to give their own feedback comments to students, alongside AI-based instant feedback to help coach students on question quality, grammar and convention, and more.
“You can spend less time on the repetitive, rote things and more time actually coaching your students.” ~ Dr. Adam Fein
Whether online or face-to-face, students only get to be in their synchronous class setting for a few hours a week. By taking advantage of the benefits of asynchronous discussion, wholly different interactions can take place that are not possible synchronously. For example, students on Packback cited outside sources in their posts 44% of the time in a study from UNT.
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