Workshop Program

Please plan to arrive in Northfield in time for the 5:00 pm start time on Sunday, October 15, 2017, and depart the airport after 4:30 pm on Tuesday, October 17.

  • Strengthen faculty members' ability to teach computation;
  • Improve MATLAB knowledge and skills in service to teaching;
  • Continue to develop and build a community of faculty who work collaboratively on materials and approaches for teaching with MATLAB;
  • Compile teaching activities and other resources that showcase methods for teaching computation using MATLAB;
  • Synthesize best practices for using MATLAB to teach computational skills across the sciences.

Sunday, October 15

Afternoon: Participants arrive and check into hotel (Country Inn & Suites)

All workshop activities take place in the Great Hall of Severance Hall, unless otherwise noted below. Follow these directions to Severance Hall.

5:00 – 6:00 Welcoming remarks and icebreaker activity - Carol Ormand, SERC

6:00 – 7:15 Dinner

7:15 – 7:30 Introduction and goals of workshop (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 7.5MB Oct15 17) - Lisa Kempler, MathWorks


7:30 – 8:30 Keynote: The importance of teaching and learning computational thinking in the sciences (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 10.1MB Oct14 17) - Marie Lopez del Puerto, University of St. Thomas, introduced by Kelly Roos, Bradley University


Homework: Add your contact info to our private workspace. This will be an easy way for you to test your access to the workspace in addition to giving all of us a way to share all of our contact info. We recommend reading these brief instructions on how to edit the workspace.

Monday, October 16

Breakfast at hotel (Country Inn & Suites)

8:30 – 8:45 Introduction and goals for the day - Greg Hancock, College of William and Mary

8:45 – 10:15 Panel Discussion: What to do in your class before students start using MATLAB (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 19.7MB Oct16 17) - moderated by Greg Hancock, College of William and Mary

Panelists will discuss a variety of topics related to introducing students to computation in MATLAB including: laying the groundwork for problem-solving, developing basic MATLAB and computational skills, teaching students how to troubleshoot, and grading methods and rubrics.

Panelists

  • Mahmud Akelbek, Weber State University
  • Donna Gavin, University of Wisconsin - Platteville
  • Sarah Kruse, University of South Florida
  • Princess Imoukhuede, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
  • Rebecca Edwards, Southwestern University

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 12:00 Working Groups: Using MATLAB in the context of problem-solving and learning goals - tools, strategies, and approaches

This working group session will focus on how problem solving is incorporated into the 'developing students' baseline MATLAB skills' learning goal.

Working Group Leaders

  • Dan Burleson, University of Houston
  • Kristina Closser, California State University - Fresno
  • Alain Plattner, California State University - Fresno
  • Sarah Kruse, University of South Florida

Reporting pages for Monday working groups: Using MATLAB in the context of problem-solving and learning goals

12:00 – 1:15 Lunch - Carleton College, Language and Dining Center

1:15 – 1:30 Report Out: Working Group reports - ~3 minutes / group

Reporting pages for Monday working groups: Using MATLAB in the context of problem-solving and learning goals

1:30 – 2:45 Share Fair: Teaching activities and essays submitted by participants - moderated by Kelly Roos, Bradley University

1:30 - 2:10: Teaching activities - Each person who submitted an activity will have 60 seconds to describe it. You'll have the remaining time to talk to each other about your and their teaching activities.

2:15 - 2:45: Essays - Each person who submitted an essay will have 60 seconds to describe it. You'll have the remaining time to talk to each other about your and their essays.

2:45 – 3:00 Break

3:00 – 4:00 MATLAB: A computing playground for students (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 5.5MB Oct13 17) - Paul Kassebaum, MathWorks

4:00 – 5:15 Table discussions: Hot topics in teaching computation using MATLAB

  • Mapping toolbox + Visualizations - Greg Hancock, Group 1
  • Live Scripts - Paul Kassebaum, Group 3
  • Data sets, with or without code examples - Lisa Kempler, Group 4
  • Going from Excel to MATLAB (with examples) - Kelly Roos, Group 5

Reporting pages for Monday table discussion groups: Hot topics in teaching computation using MATLAB


5:15 – 5:45 End of day remarks, organizing for dinner, and road check - Lisa Kempler, MathWorks and Carol Ormand, SERC

6:00 Dinner - small groups at a selection of restaurants in town (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 103kB Oct13 17)

Tuesday, October 17

Breakfast at hotel (Country Inn & Suites)

8:30 – 8:40 Roadcheck summary and overview of the day - Carol Ormand, SERC

8:40 - 8:50 Design of BIOE 201: Conservation Principles in Bioengineering (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 21MB Oct17 17) - Princess Imoukhuede, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

8:50 – 10:00 Panel Discussion: Possibilities of MATLAB in your Teaching - Challenges, best practices, and goals for your course - moderated by Lisa Kempler, MathWorks

Panelists:

  • Morgan Fonley, Alma College
  • Princess Imoukhuede, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
  • Marie Lopez del Puerto, University of St. Thomas
  • Ben Luce, Lyndon State College
  • Michele McColgan, Siena College
  • Robert Moucha, Syracuse University

10:00 – 10:15 Break

10:15 – 11:30 Working Groups: Using MATLAB to teach computation and modeling in each discipline

Disciplinary groups discuss why computation and modeling are important and how they are used in the discipline, key disciplinary concepts that can be explored with computation and modeling, and challenges in teaching these skills to students. Small groups or individuals may outline teaching activities they plan to develop, using what they have learned at the workshop.

Working Group Leaders

  • Don Baker, McGill University
  • Morgan Fonley, Alma College,
  • Michele McColgan, Siena College
  • Kelly Roos, Bradley University

Reporting pages for Tuesday working groups: Using MATLAB to teach computation and modeling in each discipline


11:30 – 11:45 Report Out: Working Group reports - ~3 minutes / group

Reporting pages for Tuesday working groups: Using MATLAB to teach computation and modeling in each discipline

11:45 – 12:45 Lunch - Carleton College, Language and Dining Center

12:45 – 1:45 Synthesis and Future Work - Carol Ormand, SERC

1:45 – 2:00 End of Workshop Evaluation

2:00 Shuttles to airport