Session S34a (Monday, 2pm, Wartik 105)

P282: Wimba Classroom technology as a supplement in the teaching of organic chemistry

Kishore Bagga, Peter Falzarano (Drexel University College of Medicine, USA)

The work here reported investigated the efficacy of Wimba Live Classroom technology as a supplement to the traditional style of classroom teaching. A total of ten Pre and Post-Wimba Live Classroom assessments were administered to five different groups of post-baccalaureate pre-med students over different topics typically covered as part of an undergraduate organic chemistry course. Statistical analysis was performed on all ten sets of assessment data. The analysis indicated that in seven cases out of the ten assessments, there was a statistically significant improvement in student scores (p˂0.05). Further analysis was also performed to address how those students with a science undergraduate background compared to those without after being engaged in these highly interactive sessions. The investigation also looked at whether there was any gender related difference in score improvement as a whole in this work reported.

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