How do I post a good question?

Ask Open-Ended Questions that can’t simply be Googled.

Make it Open-Ended: Ask questions that have many possible answers. Try asking questions that do not have a single accepted “right” answer. Try asking questions that prompt your classmates to think about how what is being learned in class could be applied to solve real-world problems.

Make it specific: The more specific your question is, the better the responses will be! If you ask “How should a company market themselves?”, you’ll receive very general answers. Instead, try presenting a specific scenario like, “Imagine you run a 20-person family-run pizza shop in a suburb of Detroit that is just starting to introduce delivery. What are some unique marketing tactics that this company could use to make the launch of their delivery service successful?”.

Make connections: To really take it to the next level, try asking questions that make connections between two (or more) of your classes. The possibilities are endless, just think big, open your mind, and be fearless. This is called Combinatorial Thinking. This type of thought process has been cited as one of the biggest drivers of innovation; taking the knowledge from one industry, and applying it to another industry in unexpected, revolutionary ways.

The best way to check if your question belongs on Packback is to ask yourself, “Would I be intrigued to read an answer to this question, even it if it wasn’t for class?”.


You can also ask the following:

Thoughtful “Extra Help” questions that show work

Stuck on a concept from class? Post a thoughtful “extra help” question and show your work up to where you got stuck. Packback is not a place to just ask for an answer; it’s a place to get an explanation about WHY that is the answer.

 Asking for responses to an article, video, or passage

Share an interesting related source, along with why you found it interesting, and ask an Open-Ended follow-up question about it! Sharing interesting related resources is one of the best ways to inspire your classmates’ curiosity.

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