Workshop: Developing Competency in Teaching Computation using MATLAB

October 15–17, 2017
Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Note: this workshop has already taken place. Read the workshop synthesis for a summary of key ideas and see the workshop outcomes for materials developed in association with the workshop. Workshop presentations and resources are available on the program page; participants' essays and teaching activities are available via the participants page.

Science involves analyzing data, performing calculations, and creating numerical models and visualizations. Success in these activities and conducting scientific investigations require students to have computational skills that they can apply to their science pursuits.

To address the need to strengthen computational skills, this workshop will bring together faculty from the sciences who teach computation and are interested in strengthening their skills and developing MATLAB-based teaching resources. Working interactively with faculty peers and MathWorks representatives, participants will develop teaching activities and contribute to a collection of sharable teaching activities. By including educators from multiple disciplines -- including Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience, Physics, Math, and allied fields -- the workshop will encourage sharing of ideas and best practices and integration of themes and tools across areas.

These new activities and resources will empower participants and enable other faculty to teach computation and quantitative thinking using MATLAB more effectively. This transfer of knowledge between educators will, in turn, provide students the foundation to thrive in their scientific disciplines.

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Lisa Kempler, MathWorks
Gregory Hancock, College of William and Mary, Geology
Princess Imoukhuede, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bioengineering
Michele McColgan, Siena College, Physics & Astronomy
Carol Ormand, Science Education Resource Center
Kelly Roos, Bradley University, Department of Engineering Physics, PICUP


Mitchell Awalt, Science Education Resource Center
Paul Kassebaum, MathWorks

This workshop is sponsored by:

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