New Developments in Packback
Packback Deep Dives
Introducing Packback Deep Dives - A writing tutor for every student. A grading assistant for every educator.
The WSU Tech/Packback partnership provides you and your students with full access to the Packback Bundle, discussion, engagement, and writing platform, at no cost. The partnership goal is to improve student engagement and academic performance, all while saving you time.
The Packback Bundle includes:
Packback Questions: An award-winning inquiry-based student discussion platform.
Packback Instruct: A suite of tools for engaging, supporting, and interacting with your class.
Packback Deep Dives: A writing platform for essays and other writing-heavy assignments.
Packback Deep Dives is Packback’s newest product and is currently in a pilot phase this fall. This tool was created in response to interviews with instructors who saw the value and need in writing assignments but felt overwhelmed by the amount of time needed to make these assignments meaningful for students. The goal of Deep Dives is to bring every student to a baseline level of writing skills so that they can be equitably instructed based on the quality of their ideas.
For professors, Deep Dives does the “red pen” correcting, allowing instructors to focus on subject-specific feedback and pushing the student’s ideas and content, rather than correcting mechanics. For students, it is a research assistant and writing tutor providing instant feedback on their writing and source credibility.
If you have writing assignments in your curriculum or have removed writing assignments due to the amount of time they consume, we strongly recommend you take a look at this tool.
To figure out how Packback can work in your class, set up your community, or get answers to questions, schedule a 1:1 session with WSU Tech's Packback consultant, Evan Murphy!
In the meantime, watch this full demonstration of the Packback Bundle!
Our Packback Partnership
As a result of strong WSU Tech faculty and student satisfaction, WSU Tech has formed a three-year partnership with Packback to provide use of their platform at no cost to instructors or students.
What is Packback?
Packback Questions is an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-supported online discussion platform equipped to save instructors time while maximizing an instructor’s impact. Packback offloads the administrative burden of facilitating high-quality discussion so faculty can focus on what they do best - teaching and engaging!
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Learn More About Packback
The 2-minute long video below offers an introductory overview of what Packback offers.
Packback's resource library offers a wealth of information to help instructors create a motivating and curiosity-driven environment in any class. Student resources are also available!
Packback hosts monthly webinars which range in topics on pedagogy, education news, and dynamic online learning.
Getting Started with Packback
This 2-minute long video tutorial will walk you through the process of setting up and integrating Packback in your Blackboard course(s). This step-by-step guide is also a useful resource tool in setting up your course(s).
Getting Started on Packback: This step-by-step instructor checklist will assist you in getting Packback ready for your first day of class.
Packback offers a searchable database of how-to guides for Packback on this webpage.
Packback, SLOs, and Course Standards
When implemented in your course correctly, Packback can help you meet several Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and Hybrid/Online Course Standards. The following document can help you understand what standards and outcomes Packback relates to and how it helps you meet them.
More About Packback and SLO Rubrics
If you are using Packback, you will need to find the best way to assess the Packback results using the appropriate SLO Rubric. For instance, Packback cannot be used with the Oral Communication rubric, but can be used with the Written Communication rubric and the Problem Solving Rubric.
How the Packback curiosity scores translate to the SLO Rubric you are using may vary depending on the types of assignments and structure of your course. It is important that you do this as soon as possible so you ensure Packback is being implemented in the a correct way to help meet the SLOs.
You can reach out to ITAS for assistance in applying the rubrics to your Packback results.