Initial Publication Date: March 31, 2021

Workshop Overview: Teaching Computation Online with MATLAB

At this 3-day faculty-led workshop, educators in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geoscience, Math, Physics, and allied fields will develop curriculum while sharing strategies, tools, and challenges teaching computational courses in in-person and online settings. Participants will work alongside peers and MATLAB experts to both develop and upgrade teaching content and course materials that incorporate MATLAB for computation. Workshop discussions will include strategies, tools, and best practices for building computational thinking skills in classroom and online settings.

The application has now closed & invited registrants will be emailed by July 16th.

Workshop Goals

During this workshop you will

  • Develop plans to apply effective educator-tested teaching content and approaches
  • Investigate the use of MATLAB Online tools for teaching and grading (e.g., Live Editor, MATLAB Grader, MATLAB Online)
  • Learn best practices from fellow educators and MATLAB experts
  • Join and integrate into a faculty community that teaches computation with MATLAB

These sessions will draw upon the resources developed in past workshops, including successful teaching activities and best practices for student group work. The workshop will employ multiple formats, from brief presentations of lessons learned teaching, to individual work time, to working groups organized by affinity groups, such as discipline and course level.

Activities produced for the workshop will will undergo peer review as part of the annual Teaching Computation with MATLAB review process and will be published on the SERC web site, enabling citation in publications and CVs. In addition, MathWorks representatives will be on hand to support the workshop and share expertise for teaching with MATLAB, providing insights into topics such as data access, big data and parallel computing, and education aids for teaching and assessing computational skills live, online, and in flipped-classroom settings.

Dates: October 17-19, 2021

The main workshop program will run from Sunday, October 17, to Tuesday, October 19. Workshop sessions are tentatively scheduled for 10am-4pm Eastern Time each day.

Location and Facilities

The workshop will be held online using Zoom video conferencing software. A computer and internet connection are required to participate in the workshop.

Workshop Prework and Expectations

By applying to the workshop, participants agree to do the following, if accepted:

  • Submit an activity that involves teaching computation with MATLAB. A template will be provided for participants to author their teaching activities. These activities will be published on the website prior to the workshop. See example activities here.
  • Submit an essay on your experience with teaching computation. See example essays here.
  • Participate fully and attend all workshop sessions. Multiple participants will be invited to present or serve as discussion group leaders at the workshop.

This workshop is a collaboration between MathWorks and the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College. Participants must review and follow SERC's Code of Professional Conduct for SERC Events.

Application and Selection Criteria

Applicants for this workshop must teach at a two- or four-year college or university or in other settings where computation is part of the curriculum. They should have experience teaching with MATLAB or plan to incorporate MATLAB. The final list of participants will include a wide range of experiences, educational environments, and specialties. The application closed on July 1st. Those invited to register will be informed by July 15th.

Certificate of Completion

Participants who attend and participate in the entire workshop will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Note about Workshop Participation

We encourage everyone to participate in as much of the workshop as possible. Many aspects of the workshop build on earlier segments, so missing sections can be disruptive. Small working group sessions are a key feature of the workshop; those are not recorded.

Participants who miss more than one day will not receive the Certificate of Completion.


MathWorks will cover the full cost of hosting the workshop. There are no costs to participants associated with attending the online workshop.

Past Events

For More Information

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Fortner at the Science Education Resource Center: sfortner AT carleton dot edu