How Trump Is Creating A Wave Of Curiosity On Packback Questions

Whether you support the current president or not, his journey to the White House has caused more young people to raise questions about our political system now more than ever.

Students can’t help but be curious about the future of the country after one of the United States’ most controversial elections.

 

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The Ability for Students to Engage and Interact 24/7

Brand Ambassador Beverly Paz shares about her experience with Packback Questions.

When attending larger schools, such as the University of Alabama, it is nearly impossible to avoid larger classes. Within two years, I have been in several lecture-based classes with a couple hundred classmates. The issue  is that when the class is too big, the professor can become overwhelmed and there is no class time for interacting in small groups. How can students maximize their courses when no class time is set aside for practicing concepts, asking questions, critical thinking or interacting with other students?

While not completely ridding the educational system of non-engaging lectures, Packback does offer multiple features that begin to remedy the situation.

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Packback Learners are Life Learners

Brand Ambassador Jenna Baker shares about her experience with Packback Questions.

One of the major life skills I have acquired from using Packback is a strong sense of cooperation. I appreciate the very specific requirement that was made that students ask at least one question, but respond to/answer two questions. I came to the realization that this specific requirement had an influence on me throughout the semester. While in some chapters, I felt I had so many questions I could use help thinking out, there were other chapters in which I felt I had none. In those situations, Packback is what made me think further and find something of an even higher order to speculate about. Similarly, having to answer two questions required that I constantly engage with my peers and help others formulate solutions to proposed questions and ideas, whether broad or specific.

In many ways, Packback learners are life learners. In life, whether regarding work or a social matter, we may encounter situations in which we are unsure, or could use input from others.

Packback teaches the right way to communicate with our peers no matter what topic we are inquiring about.
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Meet Our Ambassador: Robert Ridge

Robert Ridge is an ambitious student from University of Tennessee. His goal is to work in finance after earning a Masters’ degree in Accounting along with becoming a CPA. He’s also extremely interested in technology and physics. In his spare time, he loves working with electrical wiring and programming using devices such as the Arduino Uno.

With a wide range of interest, Robert has grown to be a curious individual and he has been truly enjoyed participating in his Packback community. When hearing that his class would be using Packback this semester, he was skeptical because he knew it would be hard to curate and screen content while still allowing for open and constructive discussion. However, he has been more than impressed with the quality of the moderators.

The content has remained informative and constructive. Packback seems to be a service I can really get behind and support for other classes. It has brought a better sense of community to what is otherwise a very large lecture.

Robert became a Curiosity Ambassador in Fall 2016 and he aims to introduce Packback to more professors at the University of Tennessee.

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“Siri, how do I ask a better question?” The Importance of Curiosity in Today’s World.

We live in a time where we need to ask better questions. Our world is fast-paced and ever-changing. Yesterday’s answers don’t work to answer today’s questions. The idea that memorization is equivalent to real learning is making knowledge outdated and irrelevant quicker than ever before.

Curiosity is imperative for student success–in school and after graduation–today more than ever.

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Igniting a Curiosity Fire with an Educational Revolution

Brand Ambassador Beverly Paz shares about her experience with Packback Questions

If you’re anything like me, you’ve begun a class brimming with enthusiasm, only to find it dwindling a few weeks into class. Assignments I may have previously found fascinating become mundane tasks on my infinitely long to-do list. Many students believe this gradual loss of interest is an inevitable fate. However, this could not be further from the truth, thanks to Packback. When professors decide to include this user-friendly website in their courses, student curiosity can be rejuvenated.

Because it was founded by students for students, Packback offers students unique advantages that other academic platforms fail to provide.

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Meet Our Ambassador: Tina Pliagas

Tina is a Marketing major student at University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Her career plan involves coupling her major with something that has largely defined her education and personal life: music education and performance. 

Tina is a proud piccolo player with the University of Tennessee Pride of the Southland Marching Band. Music education has taught her everything from discipline to seeking excellence in everything she does. Marrying the major and passion isn’t always easy, but Tina is determined to follow her dream and the critical thinking skills she learned from Packback has been helping her with it.

In the month and a half that I’ve been introduced to Packback Questions, I feel that I have gotten more out of my class than I ever could with a traditional lecture-and-homework style course.

Packback encourages Tina to continue questioning how the world works because education doesn’t have to be black or white. Every week, her questions and answers become more and more in-depth. Knowing the difference that Packback made for her, Tina believes that other students and professors deserve to know that Packback is a platform that would revolutionize the way they learn and teach. She considers herself as a living proof that this platform can give academics a 180 degree makeover and she seeks to share her story.

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