Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Curriculum Builder: Home


Become a master builder: Enhancing course content with Curriculum Builder and OER in Blackboard

What is Curriculum Builder?

Curriculum Builder is a tool that allows instructors to search MDC's Library resources to create and manage course reading lists within Blackboard. It enables you to bring the world of quality articles, e-books, videos, and other academic resources from the Library’s databases easily and directly into the online learning environment. With Curriculum Builder, you can curate Library Educational Resources (LER) and Open Educational Resources (OER) to enhance student learning.


Curriculum Builder

  • Dr. Sara Alegria
    Associate Director of Learning Resources
    West Campus
    (305) 237-8525
  • Lizeth Garcia
    Learning Resources Professional
    Homestead Campus
    (305) 237-5021
  • Jenny Saxton
    Faculty Librarian
    Kendall Campus
    (305) 237-2075

Open Educational Resources (OER)

  • Michael Moore
    Learning Resources Professional
    Kendall Campus
    (305) 237-2072

Getting Started

In this 3-minute video, Lizeth Garcia guides you through the steps for creating a reading list:

You can also download this handout:

Searching for Materials

This 12-minute video shows you how to refine your search for materials to add to your reading lists:

Copying Materials from Other Reading Lists

When building a reading list, you can copy materials from other lists you've created, or from lists created by your MDC colleagues. This will save you time by helping you to identify and re-use content that others have found useful. This handout shows you how:

To allow your colleagues to copy materials from a reading list you've created, you must first make your reading list public. To learn how to do this, watch the video below:

Open Educational Resources (OER)

In addition to materials from library databases (a.k.a. "Library Educational Materials," "Licensed Educational Materials," or "LER"), you can also include Open Educational Materials (OER) in your Curriculum Builder reading lists.

What are Open Educational Resources? Click the link below to learn how you can locate and adopt OER materials to provide your students with freely available textbook alternatives and other learning objects.

Curriculum Builder Q&A


To see answers to some frequently asked questions about Curriculum Builder, visit the Q&A page.

FPD Workshops

MDC's Center for Institutional & Organizational Learning (CIOL) offers Faculty Professional Development workshops on Curriculum Builder, Open Educational Resources, Blackboard, and many other topics. To find and register for workshops, visit the CIOL Workshop Registration page.


This LibGuide was created and is maintained by
Jenny Saxton