Asking questions is an important skill that can be improved with practice and by understanding what makes a quality question. Start by reading our Community Guidelines, which explains how open-ended questions facilitate thought-provoking discussions. Next, get familiar with our Curiosity Score to understand how Packback scores questions based on presentation, credibility and effort. After a read-through of the basics, check out our breakdown of a 94-point question to learn the key components of a great question and how to earn a high Curiosity Score!
Journalism students at Indiana University Bloomington are taking a unique approach to master the art of storytelling. Their weekly discussion of Pulitzer Prize works on Packback has even challenged the practices of traditional journalism by questioning the relevance of food critics and the power of podcasts.
Packback adds $1.5 million of new capital with participation from industry strategic investors as the Chicago-based education technology company doubles its user-base since the last semester and anticipates over 70,000 new students at 50+ universities using the service throughout the academic year.
The investments from University Ventures, the premier investor in education technology focused on higher education, as well as ICG Ventures LLC, the corporate venture capital arm of Ingram Content Group, will help Packback continue to scale nationally not only through capital, but strategic expertise as well. Packback intends to raise additional funding through an upcoming Series A investment.
Today, the Packback team released a new feature on the Packback Questions platform, called Sparks. Sparks work a bit like upvotes or likes on other social platforms, but with a much more specific (and important!) purpose.
Sparks are given to posts which truly “Sparked your Curiosity”, to show appreciation to the original writer and help the community recognize the most curious posts. Sparks also help other students recognize posts that have been inspiring to their classmates, and gives professors valuable insight into what their students are most curious about.
Is North Korea a threat to the rest of the world?
Students on Packback Questions are curious to know after North Korea recently televised a military parade featuring missiles, marching and tanks.
What’s the history of Avogadro’s mol? How did Pythagoras discover his famed theorem? What inspired the painters of the Renaissance?
These students on Packback Questions are curious to know the history of these things.
In one of the most controversial videos of 2017, United Airlines dragged passenger Dr. Dao out of a fully booked plane to make room for staff. The video was shared all over social media and initially resulted in a huge dip in stocks for United.
Here’s what students had to ask on Packback Questions.
Computers have already drastically changed the way we commute, work and communicate every day. The evolution is constant and quick So what else is possible?
Packback has noticed Information Technology (I.T.) students at DePaul University pondering the future of tech.
Packback’s product team is excited to unveil “Explore”; our new search feature that allows every Packback member to explore the best discussions from every community across the country.
Until recently, members of Packback Questions could only read and discover the discussions within their own class, course or topic community. But that meant, for example, that if they were a member of a community for their Marketing class…they could really only ask questions and read content about Marketing.
To support truly fearless, relentless curiosity, we created “Explore” to allow our members to read and discover great threads from all communities on the platform by keyword, label, community and more. And as always, names are completely anonymized to anyone viewing your post unless you’ve selected “Public” in your privacy settings (or unless the viewer is a member of the community where you posted the question or response).
Try it out for yourself! Try the new Explore Search
Could we see large scale usage of jellyfish electricity in the future?
These physics students at the University of Tennessee contemplate unlikely ways of generating electricity on Packback Questions.