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Sean Willems

I am the Haslam Chair in Supply Chain Analytics, and professor of Business Analytics and Statistics, at the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This site gives some sense of the work I do.

The following working paper documents the home video studio I created in the summer of 2020 to teach 15.761, Introduction To Operations Management, to the first-year MIT LGO students. In Fall 2020, I am using the studio to teach BZAN 555, Supply Chain Analytics, to UT Haslam College of Business MBA and MSBA students.

Designing A Home Studio For Online Synchronous Teaching

Abstract

COVID-19 forced universities to move online in the second half of the 2020 spring semester. That transition was necessarily rushed, but faculty and students benefited from the fact that all participants were familiar with cultural and teaching norms. New students entering programs in the summer and fall of 2020, however, do not have the advantage of immersion in their cohort’s culture or their school’s teaching norms. This document describes my attempt to create a home video studio to more closely approximate the on-campus experience, and provides recommendations for a minimally-sufficient studio.

The paper can be downloaded here.