Posts tagged Chicago

CEO Mike Shannon at the ASU GSV Summit

“We are reversing education’s fast-answer epidemic, reviving the life skill of asking great questions by awakening and fueling lifelong curiosity, no matter the scale.”

Listen to our co-founder and CEO Mike Shannon discuss the mission of Packback at the ASU/GSV conference.

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Video of Packback Questions

Packback Questions is a smart discussion platform that exists to awaken and fuel the lifelong curiosity in every student. Learn how Packback helps professors increase curiosity, engagement and critical thinking in students.

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What’s New with Packback

Some of you may be wondering what Packback has been up to lately. About a year ago, we claimed space in our own office in Chicago’s South Loop and introduced our 1.0 platform, Packback Answers. Shortly after, in the Summer of 2016, we launched our 2.0 platform, Packback Questions. We shared about this update back in August, including the feature tab, how the clusters feature makes every class size feel intimate, information about our community management and a tutorial for new users to Packback Questions.

So what have we been up to since August? We’re glad you asked!

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Meet Our Ambassador: Jenna Baker

Jenna is a Pre-Pharmacy senior at University of Illinois at Chicago. Her goal is to serve as an accessible healthcare provider that can make patients feel cared for to the best of her ability. She said if she could change anything in the world, it would be to break down the barriers and have different groups of people interact with peace and love. If every person in the world could make their interactions with one another reflect positive feeling, we could better work together to solve any other problems we currently face.

I live by the saying of Maya Angelou that reads: ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ It is my passion to make people feel their very best, looked out for and taken care of with utmost love.

With the career objective in mind, she believes that higher level learning is essential in order to successfully be carried on to graduate school. She thinks that Packback has opened an influential learning community that encourages critical thinking skills. From her own experience, it breaks the stigma of conventional discussion boards and provides for true interactive learning and communication between students.

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No more wandering…Packback found a home!

The story of how Packback — and our equally scrappy, entrepreneurial landlord — turned a vacant space in Chicago’s South Loop into a true home for our team on the tightest budget you can imagine.

Packback has lived in 6 offices in our 4 short years of existence. Ok, ok, maybe 6 is an exaggeration…since our first “office” was actually just our 4 person founding team clustered into a very, very dirty college apartment.

The last four years have been quite a journey. We’ve come a long way from starting as college students with no connections, no money, no degree and no experience…to partnering with all of the largest publishers in America, and having our platform in use across the country by over 50 universities. We’ve helped over 120,000 students save money on their books (over $14 Million in fact, by our calculation!) with Packback Price Comparison and Packback eTextbook Rentals. We’ve had over 100,000 curious questions and answers posted on our platform. We’ve had 83 professors this semester integrate Packback into their classroom as their full classroom curiosity solution.

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