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Course management tools

A course management system (CMS) combines tool functionality with user data and course information to enable communication, content, assessment, and grading transactions in a password-protected web environment. It can be used as an online complement to instructor-led courses, in a virtual setting, or fully online. These systems are designed to provide a consistent and efficient experience for instructors and students. In addition to course management systems or suites of tools, there are many distributed tools out there designed to handle a component or subset of course management goals.

Carnegie Mellon centrally supports Blackboard (a course management system) and CourseWeb (a course website). We are here to help you! Come talk to us.

Blackboard Course Management System

Blackboard is an online course management system that many Carnegie Mellon instructors use to post course materials, to support communication and collaboration within the course, and to assign and grade student work. The system supports students' interactions in much the same way: accessing course materials, submitting assignments, communicating and collaborating with other students, and receiving feedback and grades from the instructor.

Carnegie Mellon's CourseWeb

CourseWeb is a web publishing service available for instructors who want to create a course website. A project volume is required to store the website files and can also be requested for special purposes like managing student project work.

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