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

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Designed specifically for California-based educators, this 2-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
  • 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 andMATLAB 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.

MathWorks representatives will be on hand to support the workshop and share MATLAB teaching tools expertise, providing insights into topics such as data access and education aids for teaching and assessing computational skills in live, online, and flipped-classroom settings.

Dates: November 6-7, 2022

Note: this workshop has already taken place. Workshop presentations and summaries of discussions are available on the program page; participants' essays, teaching activities, and courses are available via the participants page.

The workshop will run from Sunday, November 6th through Monday, November 7th.
Workshop sessions are tentatively scheduled for 10am-3pm Pacific Time each day.


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

  • 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.
  • Develop a plan and/or materials for upgrading your teaching in courses that involve teaching computation using MATLAB.

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.

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 one day or more 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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