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Bringing Research Tools Into the Classroom

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JCMST Volume 28, Number 4, ISSN 0731-9258 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA


The advancement of computer technology used for research is creating the need to change the way classes are taught in higher education. “Bringing Research Tools into the Classroom” has become a major focus of the work of the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT) for the Dean of Undergraduate Education (DUE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The work is conducted by OEIT’s Software Tools for Academics and Researchers (STAR) team. The STAR developers collaborate with faculty researchers to help solve the problems of moving computational tools used for research into the classroom. In the first two years of the program’s existence, the STAR team has implemented software to bring high performance computing (HPC) into modeling courses, built software for both protein structure visualization and hydrological analysis of watersheds, repackaged genomics software for analyzing microarray data, and provided the development environment and computational resources necessary for parallel programming. The goal of this work is to make research software and data easily accessible to students and their faculty in a package that not only promotes use in the classroom, but also creates a path for unscripted discovery.


Shubert, C., Ceraj, I. & Riley, J. (2009). Bringing Research Tools Into the Classroom. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 28(4), 405-421. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 23, 2020 from .