Professor to discuss using automated response systems in the classroom Oct. 31

James Kirby

Oct. 23, 2013 - James Kirby, associate professor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, will make a presentation about the use of automated response systems in a small class at the next meeting of the University's Sigma Xi Chapter from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, in the Carl Hansen Student Center, Room 225, on the Mount Carmel Campus.

Kirby will discuss his experience using ResponseWare, an online program that allows all students in a class to answer questions, giving the professor real-time information about whether the students are comprehending the lesson.

"I am trying to determine whether there is a significant difference in exam performance based on whether the topic was taught 'traditionally' or with ResponseWare," said Kirby who is using the technology in his inorganic chemistry class.

"The early results suggest a slightly better performance correctly answering the questions on topics where ResponseWare was used, but there was not necessarily a statistically significant difference," Kirby said.

Kirby, who joined the Quinnipiac faculty in 1996, holds a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Georgetown University. He also holds a master's degree in instructional learning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Trinity College.

For more information on this event, which is free and open to the public, call 203-582-8652.

Sigma Xi is an international, multidisciplinary research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement. There are nearly 60,000 Sigma Xi members in more than 100 countries around the world. Sigma Xi chapters, more than 500 in all, can be found at colleges and universities, industrial research centers and government laboratories. The society endeavors to encourage support of original work across the spectrum of science and technology and to promote an appreciation within society at large for the role research has played in human progress.