Economics Network CHEER Virtual Edition

Volume 9, Issue 1, 1995

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CTI Centre for Economics Report

Improved Access to CTI Centre Information

A new and permanent home has been found for the World Wide Web Pages of the CTI Centre for Economics. During the Months of January and February the entire contents of the Web server have been migrated from the old URL address to the new one on the UNIX server located in the University of Bristol Economics Department. This should enable us to provide an enhanced service. The new address (which can also be found in the inside cover of the Journal) is as follows:

The welcome page has an additional innovation - that of Electronic Publishing. With effect from this issue we will be releasing an electronic copy of the new look CHEER on the Web. This will contain the articles and reviews of the paper copy, but with the added bonus of colour illustration and links to information (where this is available and appropriate!). We have also made a start in providing a listing of Software reviews published in earlier copies of CHEER, and will shortly be adding the Software Review pages from the Economic Journal thanks to the collaboration of Blackwell the Publishers and the Editorial staff of the EJ (this is a pilot service and will be subject to some review and change).

Economics & Business Education Association

The EBEA have established a World Wide Web site on the University of Bristol Economics Department WWW Server with the collaboration of the CTI Centre for Computing in Economics. They may be accessed on: [since changed to Web Editor]

The EBEA is the professional subject association for teachers and lecturers of economics and business studies for the HE and FE sectors.

Training Workshops

A one day intensive Introductory Workshop on the use of the STAT Statistical Analysis Software will be held on Tuesday the 14th of March 1995 at the University of London Computing Centre. The workshop will be conducted by Dr. James Banks of the IFS. Please call or email the Centre for the latest information on availability of places.

A second Advanced STATA workshop is also planned for the 17 May. This will be held at the University of Bristol, and will be conducted by Amanda Gosling of the IFS. Contact the Centre for details.

A joint NCET / CTI One day Workshop on Computer Based Teaching and Learning entitled "Making the Link Teaching, Learning and Educational Technology in Economics" is to be held in Coventry at the offices of NCET on the 15th March 1995. The fundamental issues relating to whether computers can contribute to effective teaching and learning, which approaches have been tried and which work, what is the latest teaching software, and what are the likely future developments, will be examined. This one day workshop aims to provide an opportunity for economics teaching staff in Further and Higher Education to answer these, and other, questions. The workshop will include briefings on the potential for educational technology to improve teaching and learning, its current use in economics teaching and the role of national agencies in supporting the introduction of technology based learning into the curriculum. Again contact the Centre for details.

The Internet is becoming increasingly viable as a resource both for teaching and research in Economics. With this in mind we are proposing an intensive one day "Internet for Economists" Workshop on the 22nd March 1995. This will be run by Nicky Ferguson and Debra Hiom from the ESRC Networked Information Office. The emphasis will be on understanding and getting to grips with the fundamentals from email to the World Wide Web. There will be plenty of opportunity for hands on experimentation. The workshop will be held at the University of Bristol. Again details may be obtained by telephone or email from the Centre.

CALECO Conference

A radical departure from previous CALECO Conferences this year, the event is to be held in Bristol and will be hosted (as usual) by the CALECO Group from University of Portsmouth in collaboration with the CTI Centre for Computing in Economics. The event is expected to be bigger and better than ever so make an early note for your diaries - 6th and 7th September. This is one conference that should not be missed this year.

TLTP Economics Consortium

By the time that this re-vamped issue of CHEER reaches you time will probably have run out for the development team working on WinEcon. The evaluation phase of the development cycle has enabled the team to identify areas for change and improvement in the current BETA version of WinEcon. WinEcon is now confidently expected to be ready for release as Version 1.00 in time for the RES Conference 27th-29th March. Orders for substantial quantities of dry ice and copies of stirring martial music are I gather in hand!

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