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

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

How Are Curiosity Scores Calculated?

The Curiosity Score measures quality of your questions and answers on Packback. Every post earns a point score out of 100 based on its Depth (how thoughtful you were in forming your response), Credibility (citing high-quality sources), and Presentation (using our Text Editor to properly format, and inserting images/video).

You can get higher scores by posting questions and responses that are more aligned with our guidelines. If you'd like an example, the "Featured" tab has a collection of high-quality questions and responses.


This takes into consideration formatting, legibility, images, videos, and other supplemental resources that enhance the post to make it more interesting. The more of this a post has, the more opportunity there is for people in your community to explore their curiosity!


Does your post provide evidence that supports your ideas and arguments? Are the sources you’re using to provide support reliable and relevant? Including this kind of evidence provides a strong structure for you to build your post upon!


A writer who demonstrates effort asks a question or responds to another classmate’s question in ways that are unique and engaging rather than simply straightforward! The more open-ended your question or the more in-depth and exploratory your response, the more effort is shown, and the more Curiosity Points you earn on the post.

How is my Participation Report Calculated?

Your Packback Participation Report is calculated by two major components: your weekly deadline and your posting requirements. You get to determine those requirements but here's a great layout of what that means for your students.

Weekly Deadline

Your Packback Participation Report is determined first by a set weekly deadline. We call these Grading Periods! In order to earn points towards a specific Grading Period, your students must post in your community before each week's deadline.

Posting Requirements and Curiosity Score Minimum

You can also set a posting requirement. This indicates the number of questions and the number of responses students should be posting within each grading period. Some instructors have even set a minimum Curiosity Score that their students' posts must reach in order to earn points for the week.


Is Late Work Accepted?

Students can post in your community at any time! Just keep in mind that theirs posts will be counted towards the Grading Period it falls under. We are unable to change the timestamps on posts to match a desired Grading Period.

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