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IJIET 2018 Vol.8(2): 81-94 ISSN: 2010-3689
doi: 10.18178/ijiet.2018.8.2.1017

The Impact of Blackboard LMS on Teaching Research Method Course for Technology Studies Graduate Students at the Arabian Gulf University

Alajab Mohammed Alajab Ismail and Ahamed Ali Salih

Abstract—A learning management system (LMS) is a software application or web-based technology used to plan, develop, implement, and assess a specific learning process. In Open and Distance Learning (ODL), learning management systems are used to provide tutors with ways to create and deliver e-content, monitor students` participation as well as assess their performance. Learning management systems like WebCT & Blackboard were used at the Arabian Gulf University since the academic year 2003/2004 for course delivery and learners` engagement. The Blackboard Learning Managements System (LMS) represents one of the powerful academic solutions that provide true learning activities management, deep interactions with the course material facilitate learner engagement and lead to higher level of satisfaction with learning. The present study is mainly intended to explore how Blackboard (LMS) integrated and used for improving the outcomes of a blended learning-based research methods course taught at the Arabian Gulf University for around 43 master candidates affiliated to AGU technological graduate studies programs during the academic years 2010/2011 (control group) and 2011/2012 (experimental group). Analysis of data obtained revealed that using Blackboard as a learning management system facilitated research methods candidates learning, enhanced their learning outcomes as well as their satisfaction with the learning experience.

Index Terms—Blackboard LMS, distance education, learning outcomes, research methods, technological studies programs, and satisfaction with learning.

Alajab Mohammed Alajab is with the Department of Distance Learning, College of Graduate Studies, Arabian Gulf University, Manama, B.O.Box:26671 Kingdom of Bahrain (e-mail: alagabm@agu.edu.bh).
Ahmed Ali Salih is with the Desert and Aridzone Program, College of Graduate Studies- Arabian Gulf University. Manama, B.O.Box:26671, Kingdom of Bahrain (e-mail: ahmedalis@agu.agu.edu.bh).


Cite: Alajab Mohammed Alajab Ismail and Ahamed Ali Salih, "The Impact of Blackboard LMS on Teaching Research Method Course for Technology Studies Graduate Students at the Arabian Gulf University," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 81-94, 2018.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (CiteScore 2022: 2.0), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), CNKI, EBSCO, Google Scholar
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net


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