BULB (BU Learning Blocks) is a WordPress plugin for the creation of interactive learning content. It allows the creation of open educational resources (such as open workbooks or textbooks) using the leading open web platform, to save textbook costs both for BU students and for students around the world. Content created in BULB can be conveniently updated to allow access to current materials for lifelong learners after graduation.
The BULB plugin adds several functions to WordPress specific to interactive learning modules. It gives WordPress the capability for self-assessment questions with instant feedback, to allow students to interact with the learning materials they are reading. It also includes next/previous page functions, tabbed content containers and glossaries. It is based on WordPress’s upcoming Gutenberg interface.
BULB has been successfully piloted by faculty adopters at Boston University. In Spring 2021, the BULB team celebrated the launch of BULB version 1.1, which released BULB in the WordPress plugin library as a free, open-source plugin available to all WordPress users (both within and outside BU).
For those outside of Boston University, please view our plugin listing in the WordPress Plugin Library. For those interested in using BULB at Boston University, all you need to do is request a WordPress site using this form. Make sure to mention that you want BU Learning Blocks installed in the description field of the form. For developers interested in contributing to BULB, check out our GitHub repository. For documentation on using BULB, please consult our BULB User Guide. If you want to learn more about BULB, feel free to fill out our Contact Us form.