Who Wants to Cut a Great Conversation Short? Bridging the Education Quality Gap

Packback is the light at the end of the tunnel for awkward silences after a professor asks a question. It’s a catalyst for students to feel comfortable in the class right from the start of the school year, and it’s the driving force behind increasing participation all year.

If every professor on every college campus utilized Packback in their course, they would see how much students care about being active learners.

So what is it about the classroom that encourages us to learn? Why do so many students feel they should be getting more out of their education? There is a gap between the quality of education due to a societal shift concerning technology’s role in the classroom and slow adaptation of these advancements by educational institutions. Packback has bridged this gap in my educational journey.

Packback has a student-focused mission. Students are encouraged to be fearlessly, relentlessly curious, to ask deep, thought provoking questions and to answer those questions in the same captivating way. When my professor introduced Packback this past fall semester, something about the platform instantly felt different than learning tools I’ve used in the past.

When my professor introduced Packback this past fall semester, something about the platform instantly felt different than learning tools I’ve used in the past.

Many classes focus students’ attention on memorizing information to recall for exams. As someone who has typed up 40-page outlines for a single exam, that’s a lot of information to remember for any student, no matter how diligently you study. Learning should be more than memorization. It should be about innovation, creativity and inspiration. It should build solution finders and future leaders, rather than teaching us to follow instructions well. Packback paves the way by motivating students to step outside the box and challenge both themselves and each other.

In my Lean Operations class we learn the most effective theories to organize business processes and projects while making sure every minute and every dollar adds value to the end product. While this sounds very black-and-white, Packback helped my class see the implications of these decisions in a new light. As the semester progressed, every question we asked included a real-world application that reached beyond the classroom.

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This doesn’t call for a “yes” or “no” answer; it calls for discussion, further questioning and open-mindedness.

Packback offers the chance to learn in a whole new way. Packback Questions has given me greater confidence to challenge my curiosity—I began answering questions that I didn’t know the answer to yet. By breaking down the information to its basics and creating examples to help my classmates, I gave myself the “ah-ha” moment I’d been searching for throughout my academic career. What other platform gives students real-time confidence boosters like Packback’s automatic question and response feedback, the Curious Reader’s Digest with tips on how to write a great question?
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Every professor at the beginning of the semester gives their version of the same speech, and it always begins with, “If you only take one thing away from this class, I want you to learn…” With Packback, whatever way a professor chooses to finish that sentence feels like the handshake at the end of a business deal. Packback is like a guarantee from professor to students that they will truly learn something in their course. Education is more than testing, reading and turning assignments in on time. While all of those teach us important lessons like discipline, punctuality and organization, Packback is the deciding factor in whether our educational journey fulfills the promise that professors make to us each semester.

I mentioned earlier that the gap in education is not because professors aren’t invested in their students. But for the professors like mine who implement Packback Questions, I’ve felt a whole new level of commitment to my quality of education. If every professor on every college campus utilized Packback in their course, they would see how much students care about being active learners. Student engagement is infectious—once the discussion gets rolling, it can be hard to stop, and who wants to cut a great conversation short?

 

written by Tina Pliagas
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