This workshop is designed to explore how teaching computation in the sciences using MATLAB can improve student learning in science courses and help students use computation to solve problems. We ask each participant in this workshop to write a short essay about their experience/expertise on teaching computation. The purpose of this essay is to provide to the other workshop participants an introduction to your work and thinking on the importance of students developing computation skills. The essays will be posted on the workshop website and become part of the SERC resource collections. We hope that your essay will be a strong piece of writing sharing a few important ideas, points, or results that you think will be of high interest to the other participants, rather than a comprehensive list of all of your work. Your essay might address: why is computation important for your students and how do you develop students' comfort with computation?
Essays should be no longer than two pages. If there are references (either your own or the work of others) that are important to your thinking, please list them at the end of the essay. Please save your essay as a Microsoft Word or PDF file to upload with your workshop registration.
Here are a couple of example essays from previous workshops to give you some ideas about how you might approach writing yours.
e.g. 'Student Handout for Sauerkraut Assignment'
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