One of the great things that set Packback apart from other online discussion platforms is our Curiosity Scoring System, which calculates a grade for your students based on a set of criteria that you are able to set up.

Below is a layout of how the students in your community are scored!

How are Packback Curiosity Scores Calculated?

The Packback Curiosity Scoring Algorithm currently scores individual posts based on three main criteria: Curiosity, Communication, and Credibility. Packback also monitors a fourth criteria, Convention. However, Convention is not calculated into a user’s Curiosity Score to ensure English Language Learners (ELL) are not penalized.


The Curiosity category refers to the effort, interest, though process, and “discuss-ability” of a student’s post. This criteria specifically looks at the depth of thought put into a discussion post to make sure students are posting thought provoking and open-ended questions and responses.


The Credibility category refers to the strength of the sources students cite in their discussion posts. Credibility helps encourage students to properly cite strong academic sources to support their claims.


The third criteria that the Packback Curiosity Score algorithm considers is a student’s communication. Communication refers to the use of appropriate spacing, paragraph breaks, formatting, and the use of media. This helps students ensure their discussion posts can be easily read and understood.


While Convention is not calculated in a student’s Curiosity Score, it is taken into consideration when the AI is providing feedback. Convention refers to traditional elements of grammar like spelling, sentence fluency, punctuation, and language.


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