Teach the Earth > Data, Simulations and Models > Teaching with MATLAB 2015 > Program


Please plan to arrive in Northfield in time for the 5:00pm start time on Sunday, October 18, 2015 and depart after 4:30 on Tuesday, October 20.

  • Understand how we are currently using MATLAB as a teaching tool in undergraduate Earth science education
  • Identify the critical needs that MATLAB can help fill
  • Synthesize best practices for using MATLAB in geoscience, geography, and environmental science courses to teach quantitative skills
  • Create a community that can work collaboratively on teaching materials and other projects in this area
  • Compile teaching activities, examples, and a synthesis of workshop findings for publication on the project website

Sunday, October 18

Afternoon: Participants arrive and check into hotel.

5:00 PM Welcoming remarks and icebreaker- Carleton College, Weitz Center, Larsen Room 236

  • Cailin Orr, SERC Assistant Director, Carleton College
  • Fernan Jaramillo - Associate Dean of the College, Professor of Biology, Carleton College

6:00-7:15 Dinner with cash-only bar

7:15-7:30 Introductions and goals of the workshop (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 2.2MB Oct18 15) (Lisa Kempler- MATLAB Community Strategist, MathWorks)

7:30-8:00 Opening session

Hello Earth! A grounded introduction to MATLAB (Acrobat (PDF) 3.7MB Oct19 15)
Frederik Simons, Princeton University

8:00 PM Discussion

Monday, October 19

6:00 AM Complimentary breakfast at the Northfield Country Inn

*All workshop activities will take place at Carleton College, Weitz Center, Larsen Room 236

8:30-9:00 Introduction and goals for the day (Cailin Orr, SERC)

9:00-9:45 Discussion around the tables of how you use MATLAB in your teaching using the submitted activities and essays as examples. Seating will be assigned by theme.

9:45-10:00 Coffee Break

10:00-11:00 Invited talk and questions (Introduction from Cailin Orr, SERC)

MATLAB in the undergraduate curriculum (Acrobat (PDF) 160kB Oct19 15)
Anantha Aiyyer, North Carolina State University

11:00-12:00 Panel discussion using MATLAB and data in the classroom (Moderators Carol Ormand and Cailin Orr, SERC)

Peter Adams, University of Florida
Time Series Analysis: Using Autocorrelation and Cross-correleation to Explore Links Between River Discharge and Regional Climate

Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, Western Washington University
Using Real Data: Signal processing in seismology

Victor Padron, Normandale Community College
Making Math Relevant: Tracking Groundwater Pollution

12:00-12:15 Division into topical groups for after lunch work based on pre-workshop work

12:15-1:30 Lunch - Language and Dining Hall

1:15-2:30 Working groups: Background, adaptation, and skills needed to teach MATLAB to undergraduates

2:30-2:45 Report out and synthesis (Led by Cailin/Carol/Kristin)

2:45-3:15 Strengthening your MATLAB knowledge - Part 1

  • Reflect on what you have learned, how you will use this in your teaching and what in specific you still need to know more about
  • Share and form groups

3:15-3:30 Coffee Break

3:30-4:40 Strengthening your MATLAB knowledge - Part 2

  • Small groups work together and with an expert to address identified topics (Experts: Lisa Kempler and Loren Shure, Frederik Simons, Anantha Aiyyer, Mark Behn)
  • Reporting Pages (private workspace)

4:45-5:30 MATLAB from an Insider (Loren Shure, MathWorks)

5:30-5:50 End of day remarks, organizing for dinner, individual reflection and roadcheck

7:00 Dinner on the town (see restaurant selection handout in folder)

After dinner - informal opportunities to socialize on the town

Tuesday, October 20

6:00 AM Complimentary breakfast at the Northfield Country Inn

8:30-8:45 Opening and agenda for the day (Cailin, SERC)

8:45-9:30 Invited talk and questions (Introduction from Lisa Kempler- MathWorks)

Introduction to MATLAB in research with students ( 35.6MB Oct20 15) PDF version (Acrobat (PDF) 16.1MB Oct20 15)
Mark Behn, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

9:30-9:40 Stretch and reflect

9:40-10:30: Panel Discussion: Challenges of teaching quantitative skills

Charley Bank, University of Toronto
Working in 3D: Visualizing outcrop patterns from strike/dip data using MATLAB

Risa Madoff, University of North Dakota-Main Campus
Using computer programming and math concepts: Introduction to MATLAB for Geomorphology

Andrew Fischer, University of Tasmania
Working with data sets: An Exploration of Ocean Color and Sea Surface Temperature

10:30-10:45 Strategies for Addressing Critical Challenges

  • Introduce themes from Roadcheck and earlier discussions
  • Reflect individually on critical challenges and needs
  • Form groups

10:45-11:45 Strategies for Addressing Critical Challenges: small group worktime

  • Group Reporting Pages (private workspace)
  • Stating the Critical Challenge
  • Underpinning synthesis of where we are
  • What do we need to help us further

11:45-12:00 Whole group session to initiate synthesis

12:00-1:00 Lunch - Language and Dining Hall

1:00-2:00 Synthesis and next steps (Carol and Cailin)

2:00 PM Adjourn

Shuttles to airport

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