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We are super excited to announce that Open LMS 3.6 is coming October 10th for Sandbox sites and October 17 for production sites!


This release has a feature requested in this community among other exciting things!


Off topic, but we have relaunched our Youtube Channel! (Blackboard Open LMS - YouTube ) We have new content, including a list of "how-to" videos to make the most out of Open LMS. Be sure to check it out, let us know what would you want to see in the channel, and consider subscribing. 



Now, let's get to the release!


Release highlights


HTML support for PLD email editor

Rule creators are now able to add HTML content to the body of the e-mail sent through the personalized learning designer (PLD). This opens the door to new ways to foster learner engagement in the courses.

pld email with html text editor


Snap Course performance - Load on demand for course sections and page modules

Open LMS has now the option to activate the new "Snap course load on demand" or "Lazy load" functionality, which will allow a faster load of course sections and page module content. This feature is particularly useful for Snap courses with a large number of sections, activities, and resources.


Administrators can turn these features on/off: Site administration→Appearance->Themes→Snap→Course display


Snap Advanced feeds

There's a new experimental* feature in Snap's configuration that allows loading content on the notification panels and the course cards list using web components and pagination. This functionality improves Personal menu loading times significantly.


Administrators can turn this feature on/off and select the number of items to display in  Site administration→Appearance→Themes→Snap→Personal Menu

snap settings

*experimental because we would loe your feedback to see if you like this approach, not because it could break 

Snap Resource and Activity cards redesign

Snap updated the design of the Resource and Activity Cards so that they are more coherent in terms of design language. Internal scrolls were eliminated and the restriction message was redesigned. These changes only apply to the small activity and resources cards:

  • URL
  • External tool
  • Lightbox gallery
  • File
  • IMS Content package
  • Folder

Changes made to the design are:

  • Multimedia files, such as videos and pictures are not rendered in the card summary view
  • Scrolls within the card summary were eliminated
  • Card type title and name will render with an ellipsis if the text is too long
  • Card summary description will render a specific amount of text and then it will hide the rest with a white gradient
  • A new restriction icon is introduced. Restriction messages appear as a tooltip for this icon


Collaborate reports for IntelliBoard

The latest version of IntelliBoard now includes reporting capabilities for Blackboard Collaborate sessions, including the ability to report on attendance by course or per learner. 



Updated storage report

As part of the S3 storage migration initiative, the Open LMS admin report for storage has been updated to reflect S3 file dir usage. This change allows admins to properly get the total number of used storage for the site. 


This report can be found in Site administration→Blackboard Open LMS→File Storage Usage

storage report

Updated plugins

  • Intellicart
  • IntelliBoard
  • H5P



More information about the release  

(Will be updated as we approach to the release)

Want to try how CBE works in Moodlerooms but haven't had the time to configure frameworks and competencies? We got you covered. In this quick guide we'll review 3 steps you can follow to review to jump-start your test.


Step 1. Enable competencies in your site

Before we start any other configuration or actions, make sure Competencies are enabled for your site. You can configure this in:


Site administration > Competencies > Competencies settings


Once on the settings page, just me sure the "Enable competencies" box is ticked.


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Step 2. Import a previously created CBE framework

Moodlerooms provides flexibility when creating competencies and frameworks, but in test scenarios, you may want to accelerate framework creation and start working with something that is already defined. To do this, you can use the "Import competency framework" in Moodlerooms, which allow you to use a CSV CBE framework file and import it into the platform so you can use it and edit it as needed.

You can find the link to "Import competency framework" tool in


Site administration > Competencies > Import competency framework.


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You can find CBE frameworks in CSV format by searching in the web, but you can also use the Cyber Security CSV test file attached to this post that we created based on Cyber-security competency model available on Career one stop website. This file doesn't require you to change any settings when importing.



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Step 3. Have fun!

Now that you're all set up with competencies and a framework to test, you can go and check out how those can be used in courses, activities and learning plans. Here are some recommendations on where to start:

  • If you're using the cyber-security framework that we've shared, you can create a cyber-security learning plan templates and assign learning plans to a couple of test users. You can do this by going to Site administration > Competencies > Learning plan templates
  • Go to a couple of test courses and add map competencies to them. This can be accessed from the course dashboard if you're using Snap or from course administration in any other theme.
  • Assign competencies to activities and resources if you want.
  • Rate competencies for your test users and see how they progress on the assigned learning plans. Personal learning plans can be found on user profiles.


Hope this mini-guide is useful and allows you to accelerate your tests.


Have you tried out CBE features already? how did it go? Let us know in the comments!



In Moodlerooms 3.1 we introduced Competency Based Education (CBE) and Learning plan components. Here are 3 exciting reasons to be excited about it and an additional overview presentation that can be used freely.


1. Multiple components and configurations

Moodleroms CBE implementation provides flexibility in its components to put in place the CBE strategy that better fits organization's context. e.g. Modelling competency frameworks, creating learning plans templates, importing frameworks and having multiple configuration options.


2. Integration with courses, activities and resources

Learning plans and competencies are designed integrate with other Moodlerooms components such courses, activities and resource. This provides an opportunity to create great learning experiences that are coherent with the CBE strategy.



3. Reviewing mechanisms and roles


Whether it be that you're measuring competency completion from learning experiences on the platform or outside from it, Moodlerooms provides mechanisms to evaluate user proficiency and asses prior learning evidences. There are also automation rules for rating, manual review processes and different reviewing roles that allow work distribution or centralization as needed.



Be sure to check the Competency Based Education in Moodlerooms presentation to get more information about CBE in Moodlerooms.


Are you already using CBE in your initiative or are you planning to use it?


It would be great to hear from your experiences. Let's discuss!



The Moodlerooms team is delighted to welcome you to the new Moodlerooms Community group in Blackboard Community!


To get started, we want to share the 3 pillars on which the new community is based and the things you can find here:


Find the information you need

In the community you can find relevant information for your Moodlerooms practice not only from the Moodlerooms team but also from other participants from different institutions and organizations. Some of the community features in this area include:

  • Information about Moodlerooms release schedules and notes.
  • Content about practices and recommendations.
  • Updates on Moodlerooms features, processes and services.
  • Ability to navigate through the most popular and most voted content.
  • Searching by tags representing topics or practices (e.g. CBE, Moodlerooms, Release Notes)
  • Ability to navigate through content featured by the community.


Share your experiences and ideas

Sharing your ideas helps you and others get better! Here’s how to get started at Moodlerooms community:

  • Create content and share it with the community
  • Start discussions, share ideas and engage into conversations
  • Vote in polls and share experiences
  • Ask questions or contribute with new approaches to answers


Connect with peers and Moodlerooms experts

Get to meet with colleagues who share the same professional interests and commitments in a range of institutions and organizations. Here are some examples of what you can do:

  • Follow other users and subscribe to their content
  • Engage into conversations via messages and @user mentions
  • Work in collaborative projects with other members of the community
  • Endorse skills and look for other people in the community that match a particular skill


We're really excited about the opportunities that this new space brings in terms of connecting with each other. Don't hesitate to let us know in the comments below what type of content are you more interested in or the things you would like us to cover first.


See you at the community!