(Pilot Status)

What is Packback?

"Packback Questions" is an AI-supported online discussion platform which scaffolds quality, text-based peer interaction.

Why are we piloting Packback at Pima?

Piloting a new technology allows us to safely test emerging technology in a small number of live courses to ensure positive teaching and learning experiences. Throughout our pilots, data is gathered from instructors and students to help us make well-informed decisions about how we might move forward with college-wide promotion of any educational technology.

Please Note: If you aim to participate in a pilot, it may require extra time and commitment - and may be offered only to a limited number of courses. Instructions on how to request participation in the pilot can be found below.

How Do I Participate in the Pilot of Packback at Pima?

Pilot Status for Spring 2023: Availability

Please consider piloting Packback in your Spring 2023 courses!

How to Join Pima's Packback Pilot

To join our pilot of Packback please book an appointment or email our Pilot Lead, Brad Butler (

PLEASE NOTE: Admittance to the pilot is contingent upon limited availability and adherence to the pilot program guidelines. These guidelines include only using the tool in low-stakes learning activities, acceptance of possible malfunctions, and completion of feedback surveys for instructors and students.

Learn More: Discussion Done Right Webinar

Faculty FAQs on Packback (click on the questions below to view the answers)

Is Packback free for students?

Yes. Because Pima has our own site license, students do not pay any fees to use the tool.

What is LTI 1.3, how will it change my experience with Packback, and when it is available?

LTI 1.3 Advantage is backend coding integration that allows third-party EdTech tools, such as Packback, to more seamlessly integrate with D2L. This new integration will allow for a streamlined experienced for faculty and students by reducing steps to manage and use Packback in D2L courses. The new LTI 1.3 Packback integration is currently being test by the CLT EdTech Team to prepare for its pilot in Fall 2022.

Resource Links

Learn More About Packback: Resources for Instructors

Training Resources

Advanced Resources

Faculty Support Contacts

Brad Butler

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T. Adam Baldry

Academic Learning Technologies (ALT) Team

Instructional Technologists, PimaOnline


Phone: 520-206-2261(Brad) or 520-206-2248 (Adam)

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