Title: CPMS: A Blackboard Building Block for Managing Capstone Projects

Issue Number: Vol. 2, No. 2
Year of Publication: Apr - 2016
Page Numbers: 80-85
Authors: Achraf El Allali, Saad Alessa, Rashed Aldabas, Saud Alsaeed
Journal Name: The International Journal of E-Learning and Educational Technologies in the Digital Media (IJEETDM)
- Hong Kong
DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.17781/P002068


Learning management systems (LMS) provide students and instructors with an environment to virtually access and manage all aspect of their courses. Students can access course material and submit their work online; while instructors can organize their courses, add content, evaluation students, grade their work and communicate with them. Blackboard is one of the most commonly used LMS systems nowadays. In this paper, we introduce a blackboard building block, which is an extension to the blackboard system that enables management of capstone projects. Most capstone projects are managed using multiple independent systems, using in-house learning management systems, and sometimes on paper. Since most institutions use blackboard, we introduce a blackboard building block that integrates the capstone project process into blackboard. The building block takes advantage of existing blackboard features, while allowing capstone specific processes to take place on the same system. The new extension can be customized during installation to tailor the capstone project process adopted by the institution. For illustration, we follow the process used at the department of computer science at King Saud University.