The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 11th, 2014
John R. Barker paces the front of the
lecture hall, gesturing at slides with a laser pointer and explaining to
a room full of undergraduates how scientists use data to make
predictions about global climate change.
At the moment Mr. Barker, a professor of atmospheric science at the
University of Michigan, is facing a climate crisis of his own: The
atmosphere in this lecture hall is dead.
The students are supposed to be following along with the slides on
their computers while taking notes using a program called LectureTools.
It was designed to collect data on how students are reacting to
lectures—in theory, giving professors a window into what is going on in
the heads of their students.