Workshop Overview

Teaching Computation Online with MATLAB - California

A virtual workshop for California-based educators in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geoscience, Mathematics, Physics, and allied fields

Designed specifically for California-based educators, this 3-day workshop, held virtually, will bring together educators teaching quantitative thinking and computational skills who are interested in strengthening their courses and teaching materials. The workshop will have a strong focus on increasing student success and engagement with programming, in the context of courses taught partially or fully online.

Workshop Goals

As part of the workshop, you will

  • Develop Curriculum:Upgrade your curriculum with a focus on online learning and tools
  • Work with Mentors: Participate in coaching sessions with educator peers and MATLAB experts
  • Publish: Develop a teaching activity, which is peer reviewed, then posted for sharing and citing
  • Build Community: Collaborate with educators teaching computation and discipline-related skills
  • Learn MATLAB teaching tools: Learn how to embed MATLAB tools – such as MATLAB Live Scripts, MATLAB Online, MATLAB Grader and MATLAB Onramp– in courses to improve student learning.

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 MATLAB teaching tools expertise , 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: November 6-8, 2022

The workshop will run from Sunday, November 6th to Tuesday, November 8th. 
Workshop sessions are tentatively scheduled for 10am-4pm Pacific Time each 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 showcased at the workshop so they must be completed prior to the workshop.
  • Submit an essay on your experience with teaching computation using MATLAB.
  • 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.


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

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.

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.

Apply now Extended application deadline: September 1, 2022

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.

For More Information

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

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