Mathematica and the Future of Education

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


Abstract

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.