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Creating An Active Learning Environment in College Classrooms

College enrollment for the 2018 fall academic term in the United States is expected to hit more than 20 million students according to a report from Statista. The rapid enrollment growth is putting a burden directly on professors to innovate in overcrowded lecture halls and meet the needs of Gen Z students.

These overcrowded lectures, where devices can be as much of a distraction as they are a tool, are a challenging setting to engage students. But students who don’t actively engage often lose interest in material and become less willing to apply themselves on assignments and exams. These students are also less likely to have a positive perception of their learning experience, which can be reflected in semester evaluations.

Unfortunately, there isn’t one simple addition or change in class structure that will empower students and encourage them to participate. However, one popular method professors in top colleges and universities are successfully incorporating is active learning. In fact, many different active learning techniques can be tailored to fit any classroom and can lead to increased engagement and a better understanding of class materials.

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Introducing New Feature: Critical Debates

We are passionate about building a platform that inspires students to become curious about course material and encourages an academic debate between classmates. With Packback’s new Critical Debates feature, learners can now reply directly to Responses with a Counter Point or Supporting Point. This new feature makes it possible for the entire class to engage in true deep, critical discussions that better mirror a live debate.

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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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