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 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 will first be piloted in the BU School of Public Health and selected other BU colleges and schools. The intent is to scale project adoption up further within BU after the pilot, and then make the plugin available to the open-source WordPress community via GitHub.