Our New Recitations!
In the fall of 2013, Chem 161 implemented its latest project: the Chemistry Interactive Problem-solving Sessions (ChIPS). These ChIPS replaced our in-class recitations, and are held exclusively online. Recitations are meant to be problem-solving sessions for smaller groups in order to recap lecture material and go over questions that students may have. They are hosted by an instructor who is able to interact with students via our new program. Instructors can write and draw on screen, import powerpoint slides, websites, or videos, and chat with students either through text or voice. The entire process is live-streaming and runs through a web application, meaning no software installation needed! This is meant to make scheduling conflicts a thing of the past, and greatly improve on student-teacher interactions.

Please note students specifically enrolled in the Solid Gems and ODASIS sections must still attend their in-class recitations. They are welcome to join in an online recitation, but it will not count towards their grade.

Joining and Using the Online Recitation
Joining and using our online recitation is meant to be straight-forward and simple. Please see the support page here for more information and step-by-step directions.

**Please note that this semester, we are using a brand-new system called Discourse to run our recitations. If you have used our recitations in the past (eGyan), be aware that the joining procedure has changed from previous semesters.

Recitation Schedule
Below is the schedule of recitations and instructors. Please be aware that these may change throughout the semester for student accommodation. Click here for the contact information of recitation instructors.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:00 AM     S. Pramanik   R. Porcja
12:00 PM   G. Hall   S. Pramanik  
2:00 PM   G. Hall   G. Hall  
4:00 PM       S. Pramanik  
6:00 PM     R. Young    
8:00 PM R. Young   R. Young   T. Fadeeva

How Recitations Work
Each recitation will be 45 minutes long, and you must sign in within 5 minutes of the start time (i.e. you cannot join the 12PM recitation after 12:05). Following each recitation is a 10 minute quiz. The quiz will closely follow the material covered in the recitation, so students must pay attention. Afterwards, the instructor will hold office hours in order to help any students who still has questions. This allows more one-on-one time with the instructor. These office hours are only available to those students who attended the recitation immediately beforehand. Attendance to office hours is not required, and students may choose to stay or leave once the quiz is finished. However, if no students sign in to the office hours within 15 minutes of start of the office hour, the instructor may choose to end it early.

Every student in 161 must attend at least one recitation per week. It does not matter which you choose, and it can vary each week, but you must sign in and take a quiz. You may attend as many recitations each week as you’d like, but you may only take one quiz per calendar day. Note that this does not mean every 24 hours. For example, if you choose a late-night recitation on Monday and take a quiz, you may still attend a recitation and take a quiz Tuesday morning. For students attending multiple recitations in one week, only the highest quiz grade will count. See the course information section on grading for more information.

One of the best features of the online recitation is the ability for students to communicate with instructors using the chatbox. Only the student’s netID will be shown next to their message, and we have found that this anonymity encourages students who may otherwise be shy to ask questions. We ask that you do not use it to be disruptive. Instructors will have the ability to silence/flag student comments when they feel that they are inappropriate, rude towards others, or disruptive. Likewise, they will be able to see the name and information of the student on their end of the recitation. All of these actions are kept and stored in a database for record-keeping purposes. In order to keep the chatbox productive and friendly, please see the following etiquette:

  1. Do not be rude or condescending to other students. Keep the “Golden Rule” in mind
  2. Do not be rude towards the instructors. They are there to help you, and should be treated with respect. Remember, if you would not say it in person to someone, you should not say it over the internet
  3. The recitation chatbox is meant solely for questions. There may be 150 students in a recitation. Casual conversations, “hello there” greetings, and any other off-topic comments are disruptive and clutter the chatbox, making it difficult for instructors to see real questions that your classmates may have.
  4. If you are having technical difficulties, please do not clutter the chatbox with it. It is disruptive to students, the instructors, and very counter-productive, as it is unlikely to elicit a useful response from anyone. Instead, use the TechSupport Page on the Sidebar to file a claim to TechSupport James. This is the absolute fastest way to receive help.

In other words, use common sense. The chatbox is there to help you get your questions answered. Never feel too embarrassed to ask a question. However, if you do not have anything nice or productive to say, we ask that you please refrain.