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Packback Webinar: Using Technology to Improve Critical Thinking and Engagement

Packback CEO Mike Shannon was joined by Dr. Kathleen West of UNC Charlotte and Dr. Kaston Anderson-Carpenter of Michigan State University. These two psychology professors shared how they’re using technology and positive reinforcement to improve students’ critical thinking skills, engagement and written communication.

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Psychology Is Better With Questions

In many student’s eyes, psychology is one of the most engaging and interesting subjects in college.

That’s for three reasons:

  1. We all have personal stories to share. Psychology brings these stories out in full color and emotions.
  2. Psychology helps us understand ourselves better, by gaining new perspectives on our own experiences.
  3. It’s fascinating to discuss the study of our mind and behavior with others. Relating to others about thought processes is often a rewarding experience.

Lectures are great for getting students introduced to new ideas, but the next step is to let students engage with the content by letting them ask questions. When students feel that they have a safe space to ask questions, they naturally seek to connect the dots and find where psychology is relevant in their lives. That’s why developing students’ ability to ask great questions makes for effective student engagement.

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Psychology Students are Challenging Their Perspectives, and their Peers’, on Packback Questions

Across the country, college professors are not just educating students; they’re awakening their curiosity and endowing them with the perspective they need to ask bolder questions and think more critically.

For psychology students, that can mean questioning cultural norms and conventions long accepted as status quo and thinking about themselves, and the world around them, with a new perspective.

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