First Advisor

Smith, Michael R.


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Computer and Information Technology


School of Computer & Information Science

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

99 pages


UCAR-COMET creates web-based training modules for professional meteorologists. Prior to the implementation of this project, UCAR-COMET did not have a Learning Management System. A Learning Management System is a web-based system that allows meteorologists to keep track of personal information that relates to each learning module. The Learning Management System also allows the meteorologists' supervisors to monitor this information. Although there are many Learning Management Systems on the market, most are expensive, cannot be customized, and require contract agreements. UCAR-COMET would like to own a web-based system where users can create and manage their own accounts. A user account primarily keeps track of progress on each module and quiz scores. In the future, UCAR-COMET would like to add a feature that will allow the user to take notes and bookmark pages while completing a module. UCAR-COMET is a non-profit organization making cost a major factor. A low-cost solution was achieved through the use of a MySQL database and php GUI access pages. The system is hosted on an Apache Web Server. Qualified staff built and implemented the solution. The web server is located in-house and users can gain access to modules and the Learning Management System via browser and Internet connection. The GUI is straightforward and easy to use. Support for the system is provided via email. The Learning Management System is quickly becoming part of any web-based training program. The training budget is often the first item to get cut when money is tight. UCAR-COMET must be proactive in providing meteorologists' supervisors with information on the effectiveness of web-based training. The effectiveness of training can be quantified via the information tracked by the Learning Management System. Through the implementation of a low-cost Learning Management System, COMET-UCAR meets its clients' information tracking requirements.

Date of Award

Spring 2006

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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