Virtual Workshop: Teaching Computation Online with MATLAB

For Educators in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geoscience, Math, Physics, and beyond

October 11-13, 2020 | Online

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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This 3-day workshop brought together educators teaching quantitative thinking and computational skills who are interested in strengthening their courses, teaching materials, and student uptake with programming, with a particular focus on transitioning courses to partially or fully online.

Working with faculty peers and MATLAB experts, workshop participants developed MATLAB related curriculum while sharing strategies, tools, and challenges teaching computational courses in the new virtual and distance learning reality. Topics covered

  • Strategies for flipping classrooms and videoing lectures
  • Automated grading of coding assignments with MATLAB Grader
  • Centralized browser-based MATLAB Online software for teaching and learning
  • And more

Session formats included presentations of proven teaching activities, panel discussions led by peer leaders, and working groups within and across disciplines. Educators returned to their in-person and online classrooms, departments, and institutions armed with new skills, ideas to implement, and improved course offerings.

More than 140 educators have participated in SERC's Teaching Computation with MATLAB workshops, with 60 educators participating in 2019. Previous attendees left the workshop armed with new plans and energy. One participant shared:

"We are going to actually design a new course on Data Visualization!"

As preparation for the workshop, all participants will be required to contribute to a collection of online teaching activities. A team of faculty colleagues will review these publicly available materials, making them citable by the authors (you) and your colleagues.

Overview » Workshop Program » Leader Workspace »


Don Baker, McGill University
Dan Burleson, University of Houston (Review Editor)
Kristi Closser, California State University-Fresno
Lisa Kempler, MathWorks
Kelly Roos, Bradley University
Mitchell Awalt, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College


Gaby Arellano Bello, MathWorks
Monica Bruckner, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
Will Greenwood, MathWorks
Hoda Sharifi, MathWorks
Sumit Tandon, MathWorks

This workshop is sponsored by:

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