Workshop: Teaching Computational Thinking Skills with MATLAB
For Educators in Geoscience, Physics, Math, Biology, Engineering, and beyond
October 20-22, 2019
Carleton College, Northfield, MN
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For students to succeed at research and careers in STEM, they require quantitative thinking and computational skills.
This workshop brought together faculty who teach computation in their courses and are interested in strengthening and developing their teaching skills and MATLAB based materials. Working in sessions and 1-on-1 with faculty peers and MATLAB experts, participants discussed teaching strategies, tools, and resources. Participants spent time during the workshop evolving and improving their course materials based on give-and-take with colleagues. Because the workshop included educators from multiple disciplines – from Biology to Engineering to Math – the workshop enabled sharing of ideas and best practices across fields of study.
As preparation for the workshop, all participants had the opportunity to contribute to a collection of online teaching activities. A team of faculty colleagues reviewed these publicly available materials, making them citable.
The workshop sessions included a keynote speaker, presentations of effective lessons and teaching methods, panel discussions, and working in groups.
Educators returned to their classrooms armed with new skills, ideas to implement, and improved course offerings. After the 2018 workshop, one participant sent an email to the organizers exclaiming, "We are going to actually design a new course on Data Visualization!"
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