Packback exists to allow you to ask the questions related to your course material that you're genuinely curious about. We encourage all students to explore the connections between the subject matter and the real world in order to come to a deeper understanding of the content.
The starting point for these discussions comes with a great leading question and a thoughtful response! Below are a set of guidelines we've put together for you to help you create a good quality Packback post.
What Does a Packback-Approved Question Look Like?
Make it Open-Ended
Ask questions that have many possible answers. Try asking questions that do not have a single accepted “right” answer. Try asking questions that prompt your classmates to think about how what is being learned in class could be applied to solve real-world problems.
Make it specific
The more specific your question is, the better the responses will be! If you ask “How should a company market themselves?”, you’ll receive very general answers. Instead, try presenting a specific scenario like, “Imagine you run a 20-person family-run pizza shop in a suburb of Detroit that is just starting to introduce delivery. What are some unique marketing tactics that this company could use to make the launch of their delivery service successful?”.
To really take it to the next level, try asking questions that make connections between two (or more) of your classes. The possibilities are endless, just think big, open your mind, and be fearless. This is called Combinatorial Thinking. This type of thought process has been cited as one of the biggest drivers of innovation; taking the knowledge from one industry, and applying it to another industry in unexpected, revolutionary ways.
The best way to check if your question belongs on Packback is to ask yourself, “Would I be intrigued to read an answer to this question, even it if it wasn’t for class?”
What Does a Packback-Approved Response Look Like?
Treat each answer on Packback as a mini-essay - Your response should have a perspective or thesis of what you believe, called the “Response Summary”. In the main body of your answer, support that thesis with examples and real data points that help make your case and add context. Adding formatting and paragraph breaks helps with legibility, and also can help you think about how to structure your response in a logical way. You can and should share your opinion, even if it is at odds with accepted views, but always make sure to support your opinion with facts.
Expand on your idea until it is a fully explained - Write a minimum of 1 paragraph; short answers are usually no more valuable than a quick Google search. Even if the question you’re responding to could lend itself to a short answer, try to push yourself to create an answer that adds new value to our collective knowledge. Your response will inspire your classmates’ curiosity.
Add videos, images and sources to add context (and make it interesting!) - Our Rich Text Editor allows the embedding of images, animated gifs and videos right into your post. If you can, always include at least one video, image or source with your answer that helps to explain your perspective, make your response more interesting, and provide an additional resource for extra exploration if your response sparks someone’s curiosity. Including sources and media also increases the likelihood that your answer will be read and Featured!