The coronavirus and class broadcasts

By | March 4, 2020
illustration of Earth with temperature scale during 2019 polar vortex
Temperatures plummeting across North America in late January, 2019. (NASA)

On January 31, 2019, the midwestern United States experienced a period of extremely cold temperatures that drove wind chills to as low as -57°F. In response, U-M and many other academic institutions in the area canceled classes for two or more days.

“I teach an introductory course titled Extreme Weather. It seemed wrong to allow such a teachable moment to pass, so I was determined to conduct class despite the classrooms being off-limits and buildings closed,” explains Perry Samson, a professor in the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering.

Samson quickly adapted recording technology he was already using in his class to broadcast his lecture in real-time and conduct a timely discussion about the polar vortex. His experience with remote teaching offers insight into how institutions might cope with the possible spread of the newest coronavirus. Read his article in Educause Review.