DSWeb 2013 Contest -- Teaching Dynamical Systems

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DSWeb, the website of the SIAM Activity Group on Dynamical Systems, invites students and faculty to enter its third competition for educational material on dynamical systems and their applications. This year the focus will be on materials that could be used in a classroom or course setting, including web-based tutorials, lecture notes, expository animations or movies, and project or lesson plans.

 

BOTH faculty and student entries are invited; winners will be selected in each category.

Three winners and several runners up will be announced at the Snowbird meeting; the winners will receive $1000 each. All appropriate submissions will be published in the DSWeb Tutorials and Course Materials section (https://dsweb-prod.siam.org/Education.aspx) in June 2013.

Entries are due no later than April 1, 2013.

The Selection Committees:

The members of the selection committee for student entries are:
  • Dwight Barkley, University of Warwick
  • Jessica Conway, Iowa State University
  • Bard Ermentrout, University of Pittsburgh
  • Steven Strogatz, Cornell University
  • Chad Topaz, Macalester College
A committee of graduate students in dynamical systems will select the faculty winners. The members of this selection committee are:
  • Natasha Cayco Gajic, University of Washington
  • Sarah Iams, Cornell University
  • Samantha Oestreicher, University of Minnesota

Guidelines:

The goal of the contest is to provide a forum to share materials we have developed for the courses we instruct, and therefore to create a synergy that will elevate the classroom experience at all of our institutions. Therefore we aim to be very broad and invite all materials that could be used in a classroom or course setting, including web-based tutorials, lecture notes, expository animations or movies, and project or lesson plans. There is no length restriction for submissions, and we expect a diversity, ranging from a two-page project description to a textbook-length set of course notes.

Winning entries will be selected based on perceived contribution to the course experience, including ease of use (i.e., Are there notes for instructors or students on how to run codes or demos, and are they in a language that is widely used? Can a student or instructor quickly determine the level and content of a piece, or the goal of the project?)

Submission Instructions:

  1. Write and save as .pdf a short note including the following three items:
    • Your name, university, department, and position (faculty/postdoc or student).
    • The content of your material and its recommended use (i.e., what type of course).
    • How to use your materials (i.e., click on that html file, run that tutorial, put these matlab files in a folder and run this one, or go get an espresso and read my course notes!).
  2. If you have multiple files, please put them in a folder that is tarred and zipped. Please make sure your text formats are readily readable (i.e., plain text, html, .pdf).
  3. Email your .pdf submission note and course materials to dsweb-tutorials@siam.org, with "2013 contest" in the subject line.

Entries are due no later than April 1, 2013.

More information, including existing tutorials and teaching materials, can be found on DSWeb (https://dsweb-prod.siam.org/Education.aspx). Questions should be directed to DSWeb Tutorials Section Editors Eric Shea-Brown and Anne Catlla (dsweb-tutorials@siam.org).

DSWeb provides up-to-date information on dynamical systems and its applications. Anyone in the field is welcome to contribute. DSWeb is hosted and run by SIAM as a service to the dynamical systems community, and was developed with support from the National Science Foundation.

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