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University of North Texas Taps AI to Help Spark Curiosity in Online Classes

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New Packback’s platform ensures the highest quality discussions

Research suggests that improving college students’ behavioral, cognitive, and emotional engagement has a significant positive impact on academic performance. As the screens are new classrooms turned by the COVID-19 crisis, the University of North Texas (UNT) has introduced a new element of its digital innovation strategy for teaching and learning. This is an initiative that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help spark curiosity and creativity in online class discussions.

Making online learning more engaging

As students and faculty alike are adapting to the shifts and challenges, Packback, the new effort will enable faculty and students across a variety of disciplines. Packback will help both to design and participate in more engaging, challenging online discussions that improve critical thinking and the measurability of learning outcomes.

The academic success of students has become the utmost priority. Packback’s platform ensures the highest quality discussions, which in turn enables students to successfully master the course material.

Fueling progress

Initial findings from a study conducted at UNT indicated that students who participated in discussions on Packback were more likely to cite sources compared with those using traditional discussion tools. Additionally, Packbaacks’s AI platform also helps instructors to more effectively provide feedback at scale, freeing up time to support the students who need it most.

At a time when the COVID-19 crisis is reshaping the higher education landscape, UNT’s teamwork should set an example for other institutions looking to navigate the shift to online learning while maintaining their focus on student success.

“At a time when the COVID-19 crisis is reshaping the higher education landscape, the team at UNT is unique in the thoughtfulness and speed of which they approach new innovations. They always have scalability of outcomes in mind,” said Packback co-founder Kasey Gandham.

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