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About SIMIODE

SIMIODE facilitates and supports communities for teachers and learners to practice using Modeling First to investigate the study of differential equations. SIMIODE has a repository of refereed Modeling Scenarios and Technique Narratives. We also facilitate communication among the variety of instructors of differential equations through our yearly Expo, SCUDEM Challenge, and online forums and groups.

Modeling First is introducing differential equations students to change found in a real-world scenario. Students then build differential equations models to address the situation and learn differential equations. Students who become modelers in a STEM program develop curiosity, become engaged, and are motivated life-long learners.

SIMIODE was founded in 2013 and is seeing gains and results from its approach to mind change.

  • Faculty are engaging in the SIMIODE approach by using our modeling scenarios, preparing and reviewing materials, leading and attending workshops, writing articles in peer-reviewed journals, and giving presentations at meetings.
  • Faculty commitment is growing — those who adopt new strategies do not return to previous ways.
  • Growing numbers of students and faculty are joining SIMIODE to communicate and collaborate.
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Why Publish in SIMIODE?

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Types of Items Published at SIMIODE

SIMIODE publishes classroom ready materials. We seek paired versions of any scenario or narrative — one for the student and another for the teacher. We publish the following items:

Modeling Scenarios: A lesson which describes a modeling situation, rich in detail, to motivate the study of differential equations. The lesson should be classroom-tested, i.e. used in your personal classroom in order to be certain that the scenario addresses learning objectives and is suitable for completion by students. In the Teacher Version of your scenario you should include detailed instructions and any necessary or helpful supporting materials. The Student Version will only have the modeling SCENARIO DESCRIPTION. The Teacher Version will include a NOTE FOR TEACHERS section as well as the full SCENARIO DESCRIPTION provided in the Student Version. The templates will facilitate creating these linked documents.

Technique Narratives: These provide techniques and strategies for solving differential equations and must be clear, with examples and activities or exercises for students. These should be classroom-tested, i.e. used as lecture notes in your personal classroom to be certain that the notes address learning objectives and are suitable for primary text material on the topic covered. In the Teacher Version of your narrative you should include detailed instructions and any necessary or helpful supporting materials. The Student Version will only have the narrative SCENARIO DESCRIPTION. The Teacher Version will include a NOTE FOR TEACHERS section as well as the full SCENARIO DESCRIPTION provided in the Student Version. The templates will facilitate creating these linked documents.

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Style Guidelines

SIMIODE prefers that all final published scenarios be in LaTeX with a pdf version for member use, using the format provided in the Templates section of this page. However, we do accept materials in WORD. The initial submission can be in any presentation software you wish provided you conform to the format offered below and you provide an anonymous pdf version for referee reads. The same applies to any supplements, i.e. Mathematica notebooks, Maple worksheets, EXCEL spreadsheets, etc.

Please be certain that the pdf provided for the reviewing process is completely anonymous, including metadata. Feel free to reach out to us if you need assistance or advice in removing metadata.

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Submission Procedure

Please submit your files to SIMIODE by email directly to submissions@simiode.org. Alternatively, you may submit a publication and choose “SIMIODE Publication” as the master type, which will trigger our double-blind, peer-review process. In both cases, please be sure your main pdf file is completely anonymous, including the metadata.

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Response Time

We attempt to get three referee reads on all material and we give the referees 6–8 weeks. Therefore, we hope to have a decision with suggestions and improvement ideas within 8–12 weeks. We look forward to sharing your good ideas with colleagues and students in the SIMIODE community.

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Referees and Reviewers

We invite you to serve as a Referee/Reviewer of materials submitted to SIMIODE. What you offer to both the author and the student downstream is invaluable and we very much appreciate what you can do to make SIMIODE materials of very high quality. We use a double-blind, peer-reviewed system. You can register to serve in this way by writing directly to review@simiode.org and indicate your interest in serving as a referee for our peer-reviewed submissions as well as your areas of interest.

Thank you very much.

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All Templates
  • ZIP file with all template materials listed below.
LaTeX Template
Microsoft Word Template

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