National University Uses AI Platform To Boost Student Engagement Through Online Discussion
Pioneering California Institution Partners with Packback to Empower Teachers to Create More Enriching and Engaging Online Learning Experiences
LA JOLLA, Calif. (DECEMBER 2, 2020) – National university, a non-profit institution with a 50-year history serving veterans, educators and working adults, today announced an ambitious initiative designed to use artificial intelligence (AI) to create more engaging and effective online discussions. The effort, which is now in a pilot phase, is made possible through a partnership with Packback, an inquiry-driven learning platform that provides students with real-time feedback and guidance to spark engagement. deeper with the course content.
“Even before the pandemic, staying engaged in online courses was often a challenge for adult learners balancing the demands of school, work and family,” said Dr Gangaram Singh, executive vice president and provost of the National University. “As COVID-19 continues to exacerbate these challenges, it is more important than ever that we duplicate new tools and strategies to not only create community for distant learners, but also improve academic outcomes.
This pilot program will serve 500 students in the National University’s Educational and Instructional Technology, MBA in Finance and IT Management programs.
The integration of Packback’s online discussion tool into its courses is an extension of the National University’s work to embrace innovative pedagogy and personalize teaching and support to each learner. The university’s Precision Education framework – which combines personalized instruction, holistic student support and competency-based accreditation – is designed to ensure that each student has a personalized plan aligned with their professional goals. , their credentials and skills.
Packback pioneered the AI app to help faculty facilitate online discussions while providing students with instant writing feedback. Rooted in the well-known cognitive framework of Bloom’s Taxonomy, Packback’s technology allows instructors to focus on providing substantive commentary at scale by automating administrative tasks such as grammar checking and moderation.
An upcoming study conducted in partnership with 10 higher education institutions across the country found that compared to traditional learning management system discussion platforms, students who used Packback in the classroom were more likely to cite sources and write longer articles, and get higher course marks.
“The National University has long been a leader in designing online programs to maximize accessibility and engagement in ways that meet the needs of working adult learners,” said Kasey Gandham, co-founder of Packback. “In the midst of a pandemic that has accelerated the urgency to deliver effective online courses, this work aims to empower students and faculty to access meaningful and rewarding online discussions.”
About the National University
The National University, a nonprofit organization founded by veterans, has been committed to meeting the needs of hard-working adults by providing accessible, affordable and achievable higher education opportunities since 1971. As the largest San Diego’s private non-profit university, NU offers over 75 online and online. on-campus programs and flexible four-week courses designed to help students achieve their goals while balancing a busy life. Since its founding, the NU community has grown to over 25,000 students and 180,000 alumni across the globe, many of whom serve to help sectors such as business, education, healthcare, cybersecurity, law and criminal justice. Learn more about NU.edu.