Software has been developed to facilitate the implementation of these goals. This product is titled: NOVA and it can be downloaded from http://www.novamodeler.com
Summer workshop /curriculum grant applications are no longer being accepted.
Congratulations to this year's grant recipients: Travis Wilson - Psychology, Kevin Woods - Mathematics, Robin Salter - Biology, Angie Roles - Biology, Marta Laskowski - Biology, Jason Stalnaker - Physics, Pat Simen - Neuroscience, Michael Loose - Neuroscience, Zeb Page - Geology & Keith Tarvin - Biology. This year's cohort is a very strong and diverse group.
The workshop pairs faculty, who are content specialists, with current Oberlin students, who are experts in programming models using a new tool being developed in house called NOVA, The faculty/student team works to create an exercise that utilizes a model that will be used in one or multiple courses. The aim is to create exercises for students in various classes across the curriculum that emphasizes the principles of exploring a problem through modeling principles and also provide and engaging and authentic experience for the learning to better understand the content.
OMnI, the Oberlin Modeling Initiative, is an NSF CPATH II project whose goal is to promote computational thinking at Oberlin College in the natural and social sciences. Specifically, OMnI will work with instructors across disciplines to spearhead the development of new teaching materials and a common vocabulary. The materials will apply dynamic systems modeling to problems in each discipline in a way that is accessible to students at the introductory level.
OMnI will provide stipends to instructors willing to participate in the development of these materials. Participants will attend workshops and receive assistance during the initial presentation of new materials from teaching assistants recruited from the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Complex Systems. Participants will also have access to expert modelers from Michigan and elsewhere during these workshops held at Oberlin.
Summer 2011 Workshop
One of the PIs, Rich Salter, is in the process of developing a programming environment that encompasses the capabilities of netlogo, agentsheets and stella. This environment is referred to as NOVA and is still in beta.
Albert Borroni (OCTET), Nancy Darling (Psychology), Michael Loose (Neuroscience), Richard Salter (Computer Science), Dan Stinebring (Astronomy & Physics) and Ellis Tallman (Economics).
Consultants: Bruce Hannon (UIUC), Scott Page (U. of Mich.) and Tony Starfield (U. of Minn, emer.)