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: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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: email@example.com).
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.