Teaching Economics with Excel


In the classroom, computers are as common as pencil and paper, but teaching methods remain virtually unchanged, with chalk-and-talk the dominant mode of delivery. This two-day, in-person professional development workshop will demonstrate how to utilize active learning techniques to teach economics, finance, and business with Excel and Bloomberg terminals. Participants will gain pedagogical knowledge and skills applicable to a variety of subfields and courses at different levels, enabling enhancement of existing courses and creation of new materials and content.

The workshop is designed to provide both ready-to-go classroom material and tools that can be used to generate your own examples and content. You can test drive a single application and gradually expand your teaching repertoire. This is an ideal, low-cost way to improve and re-energize a course you have taught many times or to create an entirely new course.

Target Audience: Economics and Business Faculty

Anyone teaching Economics or Business courses is welcome and will benefit from the innovative applications and pedagogical strategies showcased in this workshop.


Dr. Humberto Barreto is interested in using computers (especially Microsoft Excel) to improve the teaching and learning of quantitatve methods. He is Professor of Business at DePauw University and has published papers and books on pedagogy, including (with Frank M. Howland) Introductory Econometrics using Monte Carlo Simulation with Microsoft Excel (Cambridge University Press, 2006), Intermediate Microeconomics with Microsoft Excel (Cambridge University Press, 2009) -- now freely open-access -- and Teaching Macroeconomics with Microsoft Excel (Cambridge Univeristy Press, 2016). He has been a Fulbright Scholar, won several teaching awards, and has presented the materials used in this workshop at many colleges and universities around the world. His most recent book is Gateway to Business Analytics, an open-access inroductory text used in DePauw's new Business Analytics program.

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Dates and Location

August 12 and 13, 2024 in the Bloomberg terminals computer lab in Harrison Hall (HH 118) on the campus of DePauw Univeristy in Greencastle, Indiana: campus map.

You may bring your own laptop, of course, and guest wifi is freely available.

We will begin on Monday, August 12, 2024, at 8:00 AM and follow the schedule below.


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Costs and Funding

Attendance fee $750, includes lunches, snacks, and refreshments throughout the sessions.

Fee waived for current DePauw faculty. Discounts available for faculty with current appointments at Great Lakes Colleges Association, Associated Colleges of the Midwest, and North Coast Athletic Conference colleges and universities.


The Inn at DePauw, 2 W Seminary St, Greencastle, IN 46135 (765) 658-1000.

Registration and Questions

Space is limited to 20 seats. Participants will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Email haleighchasteen@depauw.edu or call 765-658-5363 to register for this workshop. If you have any questions or need further information, please email or call.

Previous Workshops

Click on a date below to see a list of participants, comments, photos, and a description of that year's workshop:

June 23 - 24, 2022

June 17 - 18, 2019

June 4 - 5, 2018

June 8 - 9, 2017

May 27 - 28, 2016

May 28 - 29, 2015

June 13 - 14, 2014

June 12 - 14, 2013

June 13 - 15, 2012

June 22 - 24, 2011

June 16 - 18, 2010


You can also view a map of all Econ Excel Workshop Home Institutions. Faculty from a wide variety of institutions, ranging from small liberal arts colleges to large public universities, have attended.

Last Updated: 29 May 2024