Faculty Guide to using Iode in Math 385/386
This document is a rough guide for instructors using the Iode software in
Math 385 (resp. 386) Differential Equations at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
It is based on a 43 (resp. 56) day teaching schedule.
- Day 1 -
Create EWS accounts for non-Engineering students in your Iode classes,
Note we do not need to send passwords to students, or re-set their passwords,
because students can re-set the Active Directory password themselves.
- Log into TATools.
- Open a different tab on your browser and obtain your online class list
detail (through Banner).
- Go down the class list to see which students are not in the Engineering
- For each non-Engineering student, click on the "email" icon
(on the right) to get the student's Net ID, and then enter the Net ID into
TATools to create their account.
- Remind all students in your class that they need to know their
"Active Directory (AD)" password, in order to use the EWS system. They can
set it or re-set it at the
page. It may take up to an hour before the new password works at the
- Day 1 - Reserve
suitable EWS lab/s for Day 4 (Iode Lab 1). Note the DCL Linux and Sun labs are
adjacent, and so these are
good choices if you have more than 40 students in your class.
I discourage students from sharing a computer, because in my experience they
learn a lot better
if they are sitting at the computer doing the work themselves, rather than
watching another student do it.
- Day 2 -
Announce to your class both in person and by email that
all students should go directly to the computer labs on Day 4.
- Day 3 - Print and distribute copies of the
guide for students, telling them how to set their Active Directory
password and get Iode installed and running at EWS.
Students must know their Active Directory password
before the first day in the lab. If possible, they should also install Iode
before the lab day, so that the lab goes more smoothly.
- Day 4 -
Print sufficient copies of Lab 1 (from the "Course Materials" link on the
and give them out at the lab on Day 4.
Encourage students to start working on Project 1 after they finish working
through Lab 1. Project 1 is available on the Iode website and should be
assigned as homework.
- Day 4 - Reserve
suitable EWS lab/s for office hours, leading up to the Project 1 due date.
- Day 5 - Reserve
suitable EWS lab/s for Day 9 (Iode Lab 2).
- Day 9 -
Print sufficient copies of Lab 2 (from the "Course Materials" link on the
and give them out at the lab on Day 9.
Encourage students to start working on Project 2 after they finish working
through Lab 2. (I find Lab 2 only takes about 40 minutes, for most students.)
Project 2 is available on the Iode website and should be assigned as homework.
During the lab, I encourage students to take their time, and write
observations as they work through the lab. I challenge them to write a
description of the Euler method in their own words, before leaving the lab.
- Day 9 - Reserve
suitable EWS lab/s for office hours, leading up to the Project 2 due date.
- To be continued...