Mathematica and the Future of Education

Paul R. Wellin
Director of Corporate and Academic Affairs
Wolfram Research


Education has been undergoing some fundamental shifts in its structure at the pre-college, college and post-college levels. These shifts---brought about by changes in demographics, economics, and technology---are causing a major rethinking of what a course is and how it should be delivered. This is further complicated by the emergence of, and potential for electronic publishing.

In this talk, I will first provide several examples that give a brief overview of the role Mathematica is playing in helping to define technical education now and in the near future. I will then conclude with a discussion of possible directions for those of us involved in preparing students for careers in technical fields.