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How Different Discussion Methods Affect Student Engagement

A professor at the University of Georgia performed an experiment comparing the effectiveness of Packback, Blackboard and written reaction papers.

When Dr. Matt Goren was presented with an opportunity to teach Introduction to Personal Finance at the University of Georgia, he wanted to engage his students and equip them to make smart financial decisions during and after college.

According to the Financial Health of Young America report published by Young Invincibles, young adults today are in much worse financial health than 25 years ago, earning significantly lower incomes and having a dramatically lower net worth. Knowing this, Dr. Goren emphasized a personalized learning environment where each student worked on a semester-long finance project. By the end of the semester, every student had an actionable plan to improve and sustain their financial health.

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Exploring Packback: Experimental Psychology Students Debate Trending Topics

Students are exposed to different information and opinions from the media every day. In fact, according to a survey conducted by MSNBC and the Wall Street Journal, Americans are more divided than ever. With Packback students participate in academic discussions with their peers to question information and make connections between lecture, life experiences and current events. One group of Experimental Psychology students from The University of Alabama spent a semester asking thought-provoking questions and refining their views on trending topics.

These students brought ideas from the media and Hollywood to the classroom by adding credible sources into the mix. Students even sparked conversations that questioned the role of psychology in society. Some of the most popular topics of the semester included the rehabilitation of criminals, pretrial psychology evaluations and the role of ethics in scientific advancement.
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