Workshop Pre-Work: Teaching Computation with MATLAB

Greetings, Teaching Computation with MATLAB participants!

To prepare for the workshop, there are some tasks each participant must complete.

The instructions below will help you set up your workshop accounts, submit content, and practice using MATLAB teaching tools.

Pre-Workshop Tasks

1) Log in to your SERC account and access the workspace

During the workshop, discussions, action plans, and other workshop outcomes are recorded in private online workspaces. You will work in your private workspace. A SERC account is required to access the workspace.

If you already have a SERC account, proceed to step 2 to confirm your access. If you do not have a SERC account, please create one:

  1. Go to and complete the fields to set up an account. Be sure to use the same email address you used to register for the workshop. This is the email address that the system is expecting for you.
  2. Once you have a SERC account, visit the private Participant Workspace to make sure you can access it.

If you have problems creating an account or accessing the workspace, contact Maureen Kahn (

2) Develop your Teaching Activity

The submission form for the teaching activity will guide you through creating an activity on the SERC site, which will become a privately editable webpage. Once finished and approved, your activity will be publicly viewable as a part of the Teaching Computation with MATLAB activity collection, available as a resource for other educators.

Share a Teaching Activity

3) Write an Essay

Share your experience teaching computation in a short essay. You'll review the collection of essays to get to know your fellow workshop participants before the workshop.

Submit your Essay

4) MATLAB Online and MATLAB Grader: Access for the workshop

As part of the workshop, we'll have access to MATLAB Online and MATLAB Grader.

To test your access, to the MATLAB Online workshop trial page:

You may be prompted for your MathWorks Account or asked to create a new one. If you already have one (e.g., associated with your university account), use that one rather than creating a new one. (Creating a duplicate could cause issues later. You want 1 ID only).

Once you have successfully logged into MATLAB Online, you should be able to log into MATLAB Grader:

Log into MATLAB Grader at:

Feel free to explore additional MATLAB features in MATLAB Online and/or MATLAB Grader in advance of the workshop.

5) MATLAB Tools: Learn Teaching with MATLAB tools

a) Complete the MATLAB Onramp interactive, self-paced tutorial:

  • MATLAB Onramp (2 hours - or less if you complete fewer chapters)
    • If you are NOT very fluent in MATLAB, this training will help you ramp up quickly, in preparation for the workshop
    • If you ARE very comfortable in MATLAB but have never tried MATLAB Onramp, complete a chapter or two, and consider how you can best incorporate MATLAB Onramp into your courses for use by your students.
  • Simulink Onramp (optional)

b) Teaching with MATLAB is a set of interactive training modules that give you practice with some MATLAB online tools that you and your students will use in courses.

In preparation for the workshop, complete the following three sections of Teaching with MATLAB:

For MATLAB Onramp and Teaching with MATLAB, record the sessions you've completed in your private workspace.

6) Slack online community: Join the 2023 Teaching Computation with MATLAB Slack channel

We will use a Slack channel for discussions, networking, and socializing during and after the workshop.

Click to join the workshop Slack or find the Slack workspace by searching matlabworkshopoct2023 in the app or visiting

Join the #introductions channel to tell the group a bit about yourself. Send a message in the #introductions channel telling the group where you're from, where you teach, and what your favorite thing to do with MATLAB is.

If you have questions about the pre-work, post your questions in the channel.

7) Explore your colleagues' activities and essays, and courses

Take a look at the ideas, expertise, resources, and experiences submitted by your peers:

Additional resources to explore