How can we Improve Packback Questions?

Packback's product team wants to hear your suggestions about how we can make Packback Questions more useful, friendly, and curiosity-inspiring!

Here's what each of the statuses below mean:

Under Consideration: We are aware of this suggestion and agree that it could be valuable, but are still gathering data.
Planned: This suggestion is in our product backlog and is planned for release in the next 3-6 months.
Not Planned: Based on our product purpose and current team resources, we do not expect this suggestion to be worked on in the next 6 months.
Done: This improvement is now live in Packback Questions!

Please note: This list does not reflect Packback's full roadmap; the list below is limited to improvements and iteration on existing features in the Packback Questions platform. Large-scale features are not included here.

Add links to profile avatar images to make it easier to access student community profiles.

We've observed that some students do not notice that their name is 'clickable' in the community, as a way to navigate to their community-level user profile. This ...
Suggested by: Product Design at Packback (21 Nov, '19) Upvoted: 06 Mar, '20 Comments: 0
Under consideration General User Experience

Add a "Request new Avatar feature" option to take in requests for new hair, features, colors, etc.

We want to make sure every learner can create an avatar that represents them in their community. If we are missing a feature (accessory, cultural garb, hair color, ...
Suggested by: Product Design at Packback (14 Nov, '19) Upvoted: 14 Nov, '19 Comments: 0

Add an "Account" page, instead of having all Account options listed in dropdown menu in the top nav.

To improve the Account Settings experience on Packback, we plan to add an "Account" page where Packback users can access a menu of available account settings, instead ...
Suggested by: Product Design at Packback (14 Nov, '19) Upvoted: 14 Nov, '19 Comments: 0

Option to increase curiosity scores for peer reviewed work.

Getting students to separate out reliable sources from those that are less reliable is more important than ever--think about our nation's debate over vaccines or who ...
Suggested by: Karen (05 Aug, '21) Upvoted: 05 Aug, '21 Comments: 1
Under consideration

Override Gradebook

Professors want the ability to override gradebook grades, possibly with a different color number, just incase there is a learning curve for students and they ask ...
Suggested by: RJ Malebranche (16 Mar, '21) Upvoted: 16 Mar, '21 Comments: 1

Remove supporting/counter points, or change them.

The problem I have with choosing between a supporting/counter point is that I typically don't fully agree or disagree with a response that someone has. I am often ...
Suggested by: Eli Miller (10 Mar, '21) Upvoted: 10 Mar, '21 Comments: 1
Under consideration

Accidental Deletion of Student Post by Prof

I was trying to delete my post and not the student’s post. Unfortunately, I made a mistake as it wasn't clear how to delete (or in fact edit) my post. My feedback ...
Suggested by: Sean Egan (19 Feb, '21) Upvoted: 19 Feb, '21 Comments: 1

Is it possible to have all of the posts automatically checked for plagiarism?

A student's post was copied from a website, and I discovered it with a Google search, but I'm afraid I could be missing others, or might not catch it in time. I see ...
Suggested by: Lynn Barbee (15 Sep, '20) Upvoted: 15 Sep, '20 Comments: 1
Under consideration

Add new course subject 'tags' for additional subjects that aren't currently available for tagging.

This is a suggestion to add some additional specific course subject 'tags', so all communities may be tagged by their most relevant subject-matter tag. Please ...
Suggested by: Product Design at Packback (14 Nov, '19) Upvoted: 14 Nov, '19 Comments: 1
Under consideration Professor Tools

More citation styles in Deep Dives

It's great that Deep Dives can check that students are citing their resources, but not everyone uses APA or MLA. I need to professionalize my students into using ASA ...
Suggested by: Leeda (19 Aug, '22) Upvoted: 19 Aug, '22 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Avatar Inclusivity and Password Help

It would be wonderful if a hearing aid could be added to the avatar options! In regards to password help, having the ability to toggle viewing the actual password ...
Suggested by: Chris (08 Aug, '22) Upvoted: 08 Aug, '22 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Mobile app for Packback users

Create a mobile app for Packback so that students can sign on through their smart phone!
Suggested by: Morgan (27 Jun, '22) Upvoted: 27 Jun, '22 Comments: 0
Not planned

Add a 'praise' or highlighting method to an entire thread

Right now, at least the way I understand it, I can praise a specific post or response, but I don't see a way to highlight the whole discussion thread (question and ...
Suggested by: Lea Padgett (02 Jun, '22) Upvoted: 02 Jun, '22 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Better Previews of Questions/Reponses

A professor said she doesnt like the amount of clicking it takes to see everything. She asked if the see full post button could not take you to a separate page ...
Suggested by: Daniel Green (01 Jun, '22) Upvoted: 01 Jun, '22 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Stop removing the space between the last and second to last paragraphs

In the text editor, all paragraphs are spaced evenly with two line breaks between each paragraph. However, once a post is submitted, one of the line breaks between ...
Suggested by: Ethan (27 May, '22) Upvoted: 27 May, '22 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Please Consider Improving the Hyphen Suggesting in Instant Feedback

This Professor, Cynthia McCarthy at University of Pittsburgh believes the suggestion to hyphenate "decision making" is incorrect grammar.
Suggested by: Junella Carla (09 May, '22) Upvoted: 09 May, '22 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Add emojis to PBQ text box

Students would like a better way to indicate tone in their posts, especially as they're engaging in online discourse where they might not agree.
Suggested by: Kristin Ptolemy (27 Apr, '22) Upvoted: 27 Apr, '22 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Add a box to the Community Creation page to identify community as Sandbox/Demo community

Problem to solve: Our reps have a process to create "Demo" communities for their professors as a way to show a customized example to their professors. We need to ...
Suggested by: Anh Pham (22 Apr, '22) Upvoted: 22 Apr, '22 Comments: 0

Photo Editing Abilities for Uploaded Pictures

Tools to rotate, crop, adjust brightness and contrast for uploaded pictures on questions and responses. This would be helpful for art courses who use uploaded ...
Suggested by: Coco Perrier (06 Apr, '22) Upvoted: 06 Apr, '22 Comments: 0
Not planned

Refined sourcing as an Instruct feature

It has been suggested many times to offer refined sourcing options. The premise would be to help students either build MLA and APA sources or even build it for them.
Suggested by: Mallory (06 Apr, '22) Upvoted: 06 Apr, '22 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Optional leaderboard hiding

Can it be made to where only the professor can see the leaderboard and not the students? Struggling students consistently at the bottom and high achievers "fighting" ...
Suggested by: Chase (04 Apr, '22) Upvoted: 04 Apr, '22 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Sort Leaderboard by Section

I have 3 sections (3 classes) of the same course in my community. Having the ability to sort the data for each section individually would simplify the instructor ...
Suggested by: Carole Griffin (25 Mar, '22) Upvoted: 25 Mar, '22 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Allow teachers to aggregate supporting and counter points

Provide teachers a quick way to locate students supporting and counter points without having to look through entire discussion threads.
Suggested by: Peter Demyanovich (22 Feb, '22) Upvoted: 22 Feb, '22 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Allow TAs to reassign deadlines

Suggested by: Grace (15 Feb, '22) Upvoted: 15 Feb, '22 Comments: 0

Make or let weekly replies be to the previous week's questions

With several years' experience using Packback, I notice a strong tendency for students to submit their weekly questions very close to the deadline, whenever the ...
Suggested by: Donald Jones (07 Feb, '22) Upvoted: 07 Feb, '22 Comments: 0
Under consideration

organization of poll questions

It is _vital_ that polling questions can be organized. for example... the instructor should be able to write in class poll questions for multiple days in advance, ...
Suggested by: Heather Fiumera (26 Jan, '22) Upvoted: 26 Jan, '22 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Allow sorting of student questions and answers by substantive criteria/search terms

Ditto, I would love to have the ability to analyze student responses/posts/question by substantive commonalities, and then, to respond, collectively but also ...
Suggested by: Jacek Lubecki (06 Oct, '21) Upvoted: 06 Oct, '21 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Add formatting tools to Feedback

Can we make 1 feedback box with formatting tools, including the ability to embed links? Make this box not fully opaque so instructors can see the post that is getting ...
Suggested by: Rakeeta Hampton (01 Oct, '21) Upvoted: 01 Oct, '21 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Allow for point differentiation for Peer Responses or Instructor Responses

Professor requested for the ability to have student responses to instructor questions be worth more than responses to peer questions.
Suggested by: Barbara (13 Sep, '21) Upvoted: 13 Sep, '21 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Can we add the half hours as possible deadline times

An instructor would like to make a deadline of 12:30 instead of just noon and 1:00 pm
Suggested by: Rakeeta Hampton (02 Sep, '21) Upvoted: 02 Sep, '21 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Feedback Drafts

Allow for TAs and Professors to drafts feedback to allow for collaboration
Suggested by: Rakeeta Hampton (03 Aug, '21) Upvoted: 03 Aug, '21 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Preloaded questions

"A very useful suggestion for an improvement would be to allow instructors to prepare their questions ahead of time and then activate them on Canvas when the ...
Suggested by: Grace (17 Jun, '21) Upvoted: 17 Jun, '21 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Allow users to download individual post (s) that can be exported as PDF or in the form of Journal

I am aware that Packback grants users genuine opportunities to download or request their contents or posts but not in the format that these posts are being presented ...
Suggested by: Yves Guerilus (25 May, '21) Upvoted: 25 May, '21 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Print Out Weekly Discussions

I would like a capability where it is easy to print out the questions and their answers for a weekly discussion period. As an instructor it is easier to refer to a ...
Suggested by: Mark Pierson (23 May, '21) Upvoted: 23 May, '21 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Allow for quick view of submission points.

When I am looking at a students name and grade it would be helpful to have a quick summery of what was deducted from where . Do they have a 75/100 because one of the ...
Suggested by: Sam (13 May, '21) Upvoted: 13 May, '21 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Have possible names appear as you type students name

When in gradebook, I have to type the whole students name then press enter to see that student. This is sometimes troublesome when a student has three or more names. ...
Suggested by: Sam (13 May, '21) Upvoted: 13 May, '21 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Add Full Deadlines list to syllabus insert document

The syllabus insert document is auto-generated based on the requirements set in each community, now that there are more variable options to customize the deadlines ...
Suggested by: Christa Hein (19 Apr, '21) Upvoted: 19 Apr, '21 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Suggest sources by discipline/subject

Could/Should Packback suggest sources by discipline? Maybe if the professor has had a community in the past, Packback could suggest the top 3-5 cited sources from it? ...
Suggested by: Daniel Green (06 Apr, '21) Upvoted: 06 Apr, '21 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Add the citation on the curiosity feed beside the truncated post for each student

A large portion of my course focuses on information literacy. It is not so much that the student used a source, but what that actual source was. This does not factor ...
Suggested by: Yael (04 Mar, '21) Upvoted: 04 Mar, '21 Comments: 0
Under consideration

The system is too stringent on paragraph length.

The following comment occurs any time I link two sentences together. "Improve readability with formatting. - Breaking up a longer post with formatting can improve ...
Suggested by: Jonathan Lochamy (18 Feb, '21) Upvoted: 18 Feb, '21 Comments: 0
Under consideration

When searching for a student's posts, bring up the responses too, not just the question

Suggested by: Kirsten Stephan (29 Jan, '21) Upvoted: 29 Jan, '21 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Student notifications specifically when their professor submits a post

We have had some students reaching out to support wanting to get specific notifications for when their professor posts because typically its for their weekly ...
Suggested by: Gianna Cumba (26 Jan, '21) Upvoted: 26 Jan, '21 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Add "Public" and "Private" to the Praise and Coach Buttons

The Feedback Praise/Coach buttons need to have the words Public and Private added below them so instructors are constantly aware of the public nature of Praise. ...
Suggested by: Jonathan Lochamy (21 Jan, '21) Upvoted: 21 Jan, '21 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Allow instructors to hide curiosity scores

Given that curiosity scores may be related to grades, it may be useful for me to be able to share or view my community with those scores hidden to make it possible ...
Suggested by: Brian (04 Jan, '21) Upvoted: 04 Jan, '21 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Custom Reminders

It would be great to be able to set up reminders which could go out on an automatic schedule and/or could be set up for a specific list of students at certain times ...
Suggested by: Carol Lee Higham (10 Nov, '20) Upvoted: 10 Nov, '20 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Make word count visible for professors on posts.

I've had a few professors tell me that it would be nice to add word count to student posts. A couple of professors have minimum word requirements. Students can, of ...
Suggested by: Cody Buczkowski (28 Oct, '20) Upvoted: 06 Apr, '21 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Options Menu

Be able to click anywhere on the screen to click out of the options dropdown rather than having to click the options button to close it.
Suggested by: Kennedy Smith (28 Oct, '20) Upvoted: 28 Oct, '20 Comments: 0

Add Section Information to the Roster

Allow this to be a smoother for professors to control sections
Suggested by: Rakeeta (08 Oct, '20) Upvoted: 08 Oct, '20 Comments: 0

'Privacy' mode and 'Anonymous' mode

Access to others' posts influences what a student will post. This works well when we want students to interact with each other. However, this may introduce bias into ...
Suggested by: Anníbal Sodero (23 Sep, '20) Upvoted: 23 Sep, '20 Comments: 0
Under consideration

Display user posts without leaving main page

When I look students up by name, I would really like their posts to display just to the right of their name on the same page rather than jumping to another page. ...
Suggested by: Jenifer Evers (22 Sep, '20) Upvoted: 22 Sep, '20 Comments: 0