Virtual Workshop Overview: Teaching Computational Skills and Problem-Solving with MATLAB and Simulink

At this 3-day faculty-led online workshop, educators in Engineering and Sciences will develop MATLAB and Simulink curriculum while sharing strategies, tools, and challenges teaching computational courses delivered in virtual and in-person settings. Participants will work alongside peers and MATLAB experts from MathWorks to both develop new and revise existing activities and course materials that incorporate MATLAB. The workshop will employ multiple formats, from brief presentations of lessons learned teaching, to individual work time, to working groups organized by teaching focus.

Workshop activities will feature

  • Sharing of effective educator-developed classroom activities
  • Strategies for teaching courses and labs virtually, in-person, or a combination of both
  • Online tools for teaching and grading (e.g., Live Editor, MATLAB Grader, MATLAB Online), and
  • Opportunities to work in small groups on teaching activities and course design

The workshop focus is on participants applying knowledge gained to course design, both in real time at the workshop and afterwards. Participants should already be teaching or planning to teach with MATLAB and/or Simulink in their courses. Activities produced for the workshop will be published on the workshop website as a citable resource for educators seeking resources for teaching computation with MATLAB.

Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance following the workshop. In addition, MathWorks representatives will be on hand to support the workshop and share expertise about teaching with MATLAB.

Apply by September 24th

Workshop Goals

The goals of this workshop are for you to:

  • Improve computational teaching skills, activities, and courses
  • Gain additional knowledge of MATLAB and Simulink tools and skills for teaching
  • Share best practices for teaching using online tools and strategies
  • Join a community of educators teaching with MATLAB and Simulink

Dates: December 9-11, 2021

The main workshop program will run Thursday, December 9 to Saturday, December 11, 2021. Workshop sessions are tentatively scheduled for 9:00am - 2:00pm India Standard Time (IST) each day. Details will be confirmed after the registration period closes.

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 skills using MATLAB or Simulink. A template will be provided for each participant to author their teaching activities. These activities will be available during the workshop so they must be completed prior.
  • Participate fully in the entire workshop and attend all workshop sessions. Many participants will be invited to present 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 must review and follow SERC's Code of Professional Conduct for SERC Events.

Application and Acceptance

Applicants for this workshop must teach at a higher education institution. They should have experience using MATLAB or Simulink in teaching or plans to use either for teaching. The workshop will assemble a group of educators representing a wide range of experiences, educational environments, and specialties. Workshop organizers will send out acceptance in October.

Apply by September 24th »

Certificate of Completion

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

Note about Workshop Participation

Many workshop sessions build on earlier segments, so missing sections can be disruptive. Small working group sessions and active participation are key features of the workshop.

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


There are no costs to participants associated with attending the virtual workshop. MathWorks is supporting the complete cost of hosting the workshop.

For More Information

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