Initial Publication Date: May 1, 2023

Workshop Overview

At this 3-day educator-led workshop, participants will develop curriculum while sharing strategies, tools, and challenges teaching computational courses in both in-person and virtual settings. The workshop will take place in-person at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Participants will work alongside peers and MATLAB experts to develop and upgrade their course materials that rely on MATLAB for computation.

Workshop discussions will include strategies, tools, and best practices for building computational thinking skills in live classroom and virtual settings.

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Workshop Goals

The goals of this workshop are for you to:

  • Improve computational thinking teaching skills, activities, and courses
  • Gain knowledge of MATLAB teaching tools
  • Share best practices for teaching computation in both engineering- and science-focused courses, as well as dedicated programming courses
  • Join a community of educators teaching computation with MATLAB and creating reusable curriculum

Dates: October 22-24, 2023

The main workshop will start at 5:00pm on Sunday, October 22, 2023. All participants should plan to arrive in Northfield in time for the first workshop event at 5:00pm on Sunday, October 22.

The workshop will end Tuesday, October 24th at 2:00 pm. Participants should plan return travel no earlier than 4:30 pm that day.


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

  • Submit an activity that involves teaching computation using MATLAB. A template will be provided for participants to enter the essential information about their teaching activities. These activities will be peer reviewed prior to the workshop and then available during the workshop. The due date will fall in early-mid September to allow time for review. (Exact date TBD).
  • Submit an essay on your experience with teaching computation
  • Participate fully in the entire workshop and attend all workshop sessions. Many participants will be invited to make presentations or serve as discussion or working group leaders at the workshop.

This workshop is a collaboration between MathWorks and the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College. Participants are expected to 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. They should also have experience using MATLAB in teaching or plans to use MATLAB for teaching. The final list of participants will be developed with the goal of assembling a group of experienced educators, representing a wide range of experiences, educational environments, and specialties.


MathWorks is supporting the complete cost of hosting the workshop. Participants or their home institutions are responsible for the costs of local lodging and travel to and from the workshop at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. A shuttle to and from Minneapolis-Saint Paul airport will be arranged for participants and provide transportation at workshop start and end.

Stipends are available for participants unable to cover the costs of travel to the workshop. Otherwise, participants or their home institutions must cover the costs of local lodging and travel to and from the workshop at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. To apply for a travel stipend, complete both the stipend application and the workshop application.


The workshop will be held at Carleton College located in Northfield, Minnesota. All scheduled workshop events will be on the Carleton College campus. Most sessions will be in the Sayles-Hill Campus Center, which is a short walk from the hotel to campus. We will be in touch about any accessibility needs ahead of the workshop.

For More Information

If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Kahn at the Science Education Resource Center: mjkahn at