Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Toqeer A. Israr


This thesis addresses a need for an online collaboration environment for the researchers at Eastern Illinois University (EIU). As the solution, it provides a portal for researchers (students and faculties) who wish to explore and collaborate on projects based on ideas from those who may not have the necessary skills. This is considered to help developing projects based on the ideas as well as making teams, and teach different groups of people different perspectives. Therefore, it offers a learning environment. I started off by examining existing tools and methodologies to satisfy this purpose. As the result, the deliverable project is a portal implemented in PHP programming using XAMPP Server v3.2.1 with Oracle Enterprise Edition 11g R2 as the portal's database. The main part of this thesis is working on the portal's designing phase in an optimized way to run a profile-based collaboration environment with PHP and Oracle.