Heather Russino By Heather Russino • October 17, 2017

Blackboard Open LMS Gets a Makeover!

If you haven’t heard the latest – Blackboard Open LMS, formerly called Moodle, is getting a makeover!

That’s right, Blackboard Open LMS, our Learning Management System (LMS) is getting a facelift of sorts to improve the user experience. Blackboard Open LMS’s fresh, modern look incorporates several enhancements, making it more user friendly and content-focused to allow you to navigate your course space with greater ease.

What Changes Are Coming to Blackboard Open LMS.?

The Blackboard Open LMS updates are part of a new theme called Boost. This theme gives you more flexibility to navigate within and between your courses and activities. Open and close the left side panel with links to essential course elements such as grades, media, calendars and other courses. Show all your course modules at once or view them individually by collapsing or expanding your view in the center column, or toggle between modules in the left navigation panel. Overall, the new look frees up more screen space by streamlining the setting options. Plus, less blocks!

And, even better, Boost is mobile friendly! With the new theme, Blackboard Open LMS is easier to use on your smartphones and tablets than in the previous version (finally!).  

We’re also relaunching the Edison Create platform which will continue to house videos that provide information and guidance, including course trailers, how-to’s, help and tutorial videos. The upgrades to Blackboard Open LMS and the new Edison Create are expected to launch in late October 2017.

Take a sneak peek at this short video that highlights some of the new features available with the Blackboard Open LMS Boost theme. And, as always, stay tuned for upcoming posts about new technology at TESU!  


Heather Russino

Written by Heather Russino

Heather Russino is an instructional designer in The W. J. Seaton Center for Learning and Technology, an innovative and trailblazing learning environment center that serves self-directed students through the use of current and emerging technology and outcomes-driven curriculum design. A Columbia University graduate and educator for over 20 years, Russino enjoys writing about her areas of expertise in teaching, learning and course design.

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