Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Perry Samson Awarded Teaching Innovation Prize

Posted: April 28, 2009

Perry Samson Awarded Teaching Innovation Prize

Congratulations to Perry Samson, Arthur Thurnau Professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences in the College of Engineering, for being selected as one of five winners of the new U-M Teaching Innovation Prize. Professor Samson is recognized both for his web-based alternative to clickers ( and his design for interactive on-line textbooks (

Students comments:

“I completely forgot that I was in a large lecture. I felt like everyone interacted with each other and I could see what others were thinking through LectureTools.”

“I rarely encounter a student who completes all of their assigned reading. However, in Professor Samson’s class, students do.”

“Each of us finds ourselves wishing we had LectureTools andXamPREP in other courses. We would love to be able to jot notes next to the images our Art History professor flies through or read our 500 page chemistry books on our laptops, instead of killing trees and our backs.”

Offered for the first time in 2009 by the Office of the Provost, CRLT, and the University Library, the TIP award is designed to recognize faculty who have developed innovative approaches to teaching that incorporate creative pedagogies, new ways to engage students in the learning process, and new approaches to student collaboration.

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