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Electronic business tools, technology, and approaches have enabled organizations to reach new customers and markets more effectively and efficiently than ever before. A parallel process has occurred in the education industry. In many of these educational ventures, the desire to reach underserved populations is a primary motivation. In others, efficiencies and cost reductions are paramount. Still other e-learning and innovative teaching initiatives have been initiated by the sincere and direct desire to improve existing educational effectiveness.

The project described in this paper is focused on educational effectiveness of teaching operations management to college students. The idea is to have a student-friendly approach to developing customized homework problems where each student has the same problem type but unique values, answers, and decisions. In this way, we seek to encourage student interaction and discussion of the problems while minimizing the risk of cheating through rote copying.