'Moving Online in a Weekend' Presentation Gives Faculty Tips for Optimizing Online Learning

Carrie Beam
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Carrie Beam

Faculty members are invited to watch a presentation titled Moving Online in a Weekend, created by Carrie Beam, teaching assistant professor of industrial engineering. The video was created in response to the need for faculty to quickly and effectively migrate their classes online while providing a meaningful experience for students.

Beam is a teaching assistant professor in the Operations Management and Engineering Management Graduate Programs and has been teaching online for more than a decade. The video represents some best practices that can be implemented quickly in the short-term to begin teaching effectively online.

Topics covered include:  

  • What technology do I need, and in what order?  
  • What is my quickie to-do list?  
  • How do I manage student communications?  
  • How do I ensure that the delivery is effective?  
  • How do I write my instructions to students to reduce questions about homework submission?  
  • Homework  
  • Lectures  
  • Exams & Online Proctoring  

Beam was asked to produce this video by the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), an international association for operations research and analytics professionals, based on a talk she gave at the annual conference last year.

Beam holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of California at Berkeley, and has taught Introduction to Operations Management, Intro to Decision Support Systems, Introduction to Analytics, Probability and Statistics, Lean Six Sigma, Maintenance and Reliability, Risk Management, and a variety of other operations management topics since she began with the program in 2012. She has been teaching online since 2007. She also works as a consultant, specializing in data science and analytics. Projects utilize descriptive and predictive analytics that help inform such decisions as market segmentation, direct marketing strategy, customer churn analysis, and coupon/pricing analysis.    



Blake Chapman, marketing and recruitment coordinator
Industrial Engineering, Operations Management
479-575-5192, pchapman@uark.edu

Nick DeMoss, director of communications
College of Engineering
479-575-5697, ndemoss@uark.edu


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