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Blackboard Open Content is a cloud-based learning object repository (LOR) that is designed to work with multiple Learning Management Systems (LMS). It is built on open standards and allows for the creation, discovery, and sharing of rich learning objects. A learning object is a resource, usually digital and web-based, that can be used and re-used to support learning. It might be a webpage, file, simulation, video, podcast, audio file, assessment, etc.

You can share learning objects beyond the confines of a single LMS. Shared objects work in any supported system without alteration. You can move existing content from the LMS platform to Blackboard Open Content, making it accessible in multiple courses on multiple platforms.

Blackboard Open Content and the Content Collection

Together, Open Content and the Content Collection provide users with a complete learning content solution.  These two solutions complement one another and together provide personal, course, institutional, and global content management capabilities for all of an instructor's learning content.e

  • Content Collection: File management system for personal, course, and institutional document management, sharing, and reuse.
  • Open Content: Cloud-based, global learning object repository for authoring, copyright, sharing, and discovery of rich educational materials and Open Educational Resources.

To learn more, see Open Content Help for Instructors.  

Copyright and Digital Rights Management (DRM) is an integral piece of the Open Content application. There are two main types of DRM within Open Content: Creative Commons licenses and custom institutional or organizational licenses.

  1. Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that develops licenses and licensing structures for digital content, specifically open and freely distributable content. There are currently six types of Creative Commons licenses. Descriptions of the types of licenses are available on the Creative Commons website,
  2. Custom licenses can be developed and maintained by the institutions and organizations that require them. These custom licenses are only available to the creators of the licenses.

After you publish a resource, the copyright applied cannot be changed through Open Content.


For questions or comments, contact the Computer Services Help Desk