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Title: Teaching methodologies and open source software: empirical application to econometrics and mathematics
Authors: Nunes, Alcina
Balsa, Carlos
Keywords: Econometrics
Open-source software
Teaching methodologies
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Mario Muñoz, Ivan Jelìnek, Fernando Ferreira
Citation: Nunes, Alcina; Balsa, Carlos (2008) - Teaching methodologies and open source software: empirical application to econometrics and mathematics. In CD of Proceedings of IASK International Teaching and Learning Conference - Teaching and Learning 2008. Aveiro, Portugal
Abstract: Nowadays, the software open source represents an important teaching resource. However, it is not sufficiently explored as an higher education teaching methodology. In subjects with a very specific goal, applied contents and attended by a small number of students, the commercial software is still preferred to the open source software. Aware of this reality, this paper presents a reflection about the use of open source software in Applied Econometrics and Mathematics. The adoption of two different software programmes – Gretl and Octave – allows the discussion about a comprehensive set of pedagogical, economical and technical advantages and some observed practical limitations. In practice, the refereed advantages are stressed when the students’ results are analysed. Their academic results benefit from the adoption of software which is executed, distributed and improved freely.
Description: Em co-autoria com Alcina Nunes do Departamento de Economia e Gestão.
Peer review: yes
ISBN: 978-989-95806-0-2
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