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

Note: this workshop has already taken place. Workshop presentations and summaries of discussions are available on the program page; participants' essays, teaching activities, and courses are available via the participants page.

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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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Don Baker, McGill University
Dan Burleson, University of Houston (Review Editor)
Princess Imoukhuede, Washington University in St. Louis
Lisa Kempler, MathWorks
Kelly Roos, Bradley University


Mitchell Awalt, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
Andrew Haveles, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
Loren Shure, MathWorks
Sumit Tandon, MathWorks

This workshop is sponsored by:

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