Creating interactive Open Educational Resources using BULB

General lecture


BULB is an open-source WordPress plugin developed by Boston University that enables the creation of open learning modules within WordPress. In this session, three members of the BULB development team will discuss the initial vision for BULB as an OER tool, provide a technical perspective on developing the plugin, and demonstrate its features and functions along with potential use cases.

First, we will explain the value of open educational resources (OERs) for teaching and learning, and the advantages and limitations of using WordPress as a platform for OERs. We will show how BULB alleviates the limitations and helps make WordPress a more attractive platform for OER creation.

Next, we will provide a developer perspective on building BULB with faculty input from the outset, highlight our decisions to utilize Gutenberg's block-based editing, and discuss our approach to theme compatibility, widgetization, and navigation.

Finally, we will provide an overview of BULB’s design and functionality, including a live demo creating and using BULB question blocks on a WordPress site. We will discuss its features and limitations, show examples of use cases, and provide resources for how to install and use BULB on WordPress sites.

Session topics



  • David DeCamp

    Boston University

    David DeCamp is an Educational Technologist at Boston University in the Office of Digital Learning & Innovation. Dave advises and assists faculty on a variety of platforms for classroom use, with a focus on NVivo, BU Learning Blocks (BULB), Open Educational Resources, Google Suite for Education, and other public-facing platforms...

  • Amod Lele

    Lead Educational Technologist, Boston University

    Amod Lele is the Lead Educational Technologist at Boston University, managing a team that helps faculty use technology to teach more effectively. He has worked to coordinate the BULB project building open educational resources in WordPress since its inception. He has a Ph.D. from Harvard University in South Asian religions...

  • Jonathan Williams

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    Boston University

    Jonathan is a web developer working in the IS&T department at Boston University. BU uses WordPress as the basis for a custom CMS that serves hundreds of sites with over a million users per month, managed as a centralized service across the entire University. Jonathan has worked for several years...