A professor's experience with the 2019 polar vortex offers insight into how institutions might cope with the possible spread of the newest coronavirus.
Perry Samson is Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering and Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. He holds an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship at the University of Michigan and was been named Distinguished Professor of the Year in 2010 by the President's Council of Universities in the State of Michigan. Perry teaches courses in extreme weather, air pollution meteorology and entrepreneurship.
He is a co-founder of The Weather Underground and a co-founder of LectureTools, acquired by Echo360 Inc. Prof. Samson's learning analytics research interests include how to best measure student engagement in class and to what degree those measures are related to student learning. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences with interactive presentations that demonstrate the active learning approaches he has developed for his larger classes.
Choosing to create my own technology to meet a need in the classroom and then negotiating the world of business while maintaining my responsibilities in my discipline bordered on foolhardy.