Beth Barrie is director of the Office of Online Education. She supports a talented staff of instructional designers, technologists, artists and computer programmers as they provide professional development and creative services to faculty. She collaborates with academic and administrative units throughout the university to develop a shared understanding of the needs of online students and to build a robust online learning ecosystem. Her research interests include the public understanding of science, informal education, and community engagement. She came to UNLV in 2008 from the Eppley Institute at Indiana University, where she was the project manager on the development of a competency-based online training platform for the U.S. National Park Service. Beth holds a B.A. in communication, an M.S. in outdoor recreation and resource management, and a Ph.D. in leisure behavior.