HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY (FOX19) - Students, faculty and guests of Northern Kentucky University gathered for a live "Digital Debate-In" during the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan Thursday night.
More than 125 people participated in the debate polling at Griffin Hall.
Prior to the airing of the VP debate, NKU professors from the departments of communication, history and political science presented an informal lecture on the history of the VP debates and key points to watch for. The panel included Dr. Steven Weiss, a communication studies professor who has written the argumentation textbook "Making Arguments: Reason in Context".
"During the first presidential debate, students texted their immediate responses to poll questions about the candidates' performance," Weiss said. "Their responses mirrored those of the wider American audience, who viewed the debate as a clear Romney win. With some tightening in the race, the vice-presidential contest could have a significant effect."
Free pizza and beverages were available for audience members during the informal 8 p.m. pre-debate lecture.
The debate was in the new "Digitorium" on the NKU campus and the audience was able to see the candidates on the left side of the 15 x 25 foot screen, while poll questions and twitter comments were on the right side.
Polls were taken to see who was more confident in their answers and who was making better arguments during the debate.