New to Blackboard Open LMS or need a refresher?

No two pages, courses, or Blackboard Open LMS systems will look the same. However, there are some features on which you can rely, and terminology you should know. Learn how to move around in Blackboard Open LMS whether your institution uses the Snap design theme or another theme.

Personal menu

In Snap your personal menu is the best place to see everything important you need to know at-a-glance. Use it as your landing page to stay engaged and keep current with what others are saying. The personal menu supports Moodle's course end dates. Courses where the end date is in the past appear in separate tabs from current courses, and are grouped by year.

Current courses

Courses sorted by end date

Updated dashboard

Starting in version 3.6, we've added some enhanced features to your dashboard. The dashboard below is in the Snap theme, but these same features are available in all themes.

  • Customize your dashboard to add more blocks.
  • Filter which courses appear in your dashboard.
  • Star a course to make it a favorite or hide it from view.
  • Sort courses by Course name or Last accessed.
  • Sort courses into Card view, List view, or Summary view.

Course Overview

Students can check their course progress and view activities that are due in the next seven days in My Dashboard with the new course overview block. Users can view the list of activities that are due sorted by date or grouped within the courses where the activities appear.

Sorted by Date

Sorted by Courses

Users can view their progress in their current, future, and past courses using the courses tab. Courses in the Future tab have a start date in the future and courses in the Past tab have a course end date in the past.


There are breadcrumbs on each page that show you where you are. You can also select breadcrumbs to go back to previous pages, including the Home page.

View courses

Courses contain a collection of activities and resources supplied by your teacher for you to access and complete. You can also view your grades and other participants in your course.

  1. Log in to the site.
  2. Select the course from the My Courses area:
    Steps in Snap: Select your Profile and select the course.
    Steps in other themes: Navigate to My Courses and select the course.

How it looks in Snap

How it looks in another theme

Manage your coursework!

Blocks and Tools

Blocks and tools are elements that add extra information about your course and supplied by your teacher. From the blocks or Course Dashboard, you will be able to view content like grades and your course calendar.

How it looks in Snap

How it looks in another theme


Activities are tasks you need to complete for the course, like an assignment to complete or a discussion forum in which to participate.

How it looks in Snap

How it looks in another theme

More on activities