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Web-Based Course Management Systems (WBCMS)

Web-based course management systems (WBCMS) are hypertext-related software tools designed to aid in the development and delivery of Web-based courses or Web supplements to traditional classroom-based courses. These courses or supplements are used in K–12 classrooms, universities, corporations, military training, and learning environments. Current examples of WBCMS include ANGEL, Blackboard, eCollege, Prometheus, and WebCT. This entry includes a summary of functions of WBCMS, including infrastructure, applications, issues, and enhancements.

Functionality of WBCMS

The functionality of WBCMSs includes course management tools (such as a course overview, navigation bars, menus, calendars, grade processing, help, customizable Web pages, and maintenance of course enrollee lists), content presentation tools (such as notes with hypertext and multimedia, syllabi, and tests [multiple choice, true/false, and essay]), and communication tools (such as e-mail, bulletin boards, ...

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