Themes: Aardvark

theme_aardvark
Maintained by Picture of Shaun DaubneyShaun Daubney
The original 'menubar' based theme for Moodle, evolved for the modern student. NO LONGER BEING DEVELOPED
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The Aardvark project started in 2008 after a focus group with students led the development of our somewhat basic and neglected installation of Moodle into a (at the time) modern and engaging platform. The idea was to drive student use by creating a colourful, MySpace-inspired, student intranet as the front-end, with the functionality of a VLE behind it. Pressure from those students would then ultimately drive adoption by tutors.

Over the years, Aardvark has been an exciting and arguably inspiring project, started at Newbury College, but benefiting from the contributions and expertise of many other developers. It was the first open-source Moodle theme to include a drop-down navigation menu, a concept that would eventually become a core element of Moodle theme engine, and at its peak was installed on over 5,000 Moodle installations around the world.

Development of Aardvark slowed down a few years ago as many of its advantages were adopted as features in the core theme engine of Moodle and a lack of development time meant that I was no longer able to keep up with the changes required to make the theme compatible with the latest releases. Unfortunately I have had to make the decision to cease development of Aardvark to focus on other commitments.

Aardvark has been an incredible project to work on, and I have learnt a huge amount about PHP and CSS along the way and I would like to thank everyone who has contacted me over the years with their kind comments. Special thanks to Mary L Evans, Patrick Malley and all of the other contributors and supporters who have been part of this journey.


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Shaun Daubney (Lead maintainer): Shaun is the main creator and maintainer of the Aardvark project and is an eLearning developer based at Newbury College.
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Mary Evans: Mary contributes a lot towards this theme and has been a great supporter of the project since its early days.
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  • Picture of Heer Prasad
    Wed, Feb 28, 2018, 12:57 PM
    Your work must be appreciated. I also want to use this plugin for my website - http://reet-result.co.in/
  • Picture of Peter Eliyahu Kornfeld
    Wed, Apr 11, 2018, 4:03 PM
    Hi,
    I like this theme very much - it is very 'live' and good for the eyes! Very good work...
    I'm possibly one of those few who check it with RTL language (Hebrew) and spotted some problems when using IE (11, maybe others)...
    Where can I fill a bug report?
  • Picture of Heer Prasad
    Mon, Apr 16, 2018, 10:24 AM
    I liked this theme: really want to install it on my website - http://rajasthanptet.in/
  • Picture of joseph valdez
    Wed, May 9, 2018, 9:05 PM
    Amazing theme! Great design and no issues when upgrading to Moodle 3.4 big grin
  • Picture of Tanu Singh
    Mon, May 14, 2018, 11:00 AM
    Very excited to use the same from my blog - http://examresult.guru/
  • Picture of Tanu Singh
    Mon, May 14, 2018, 11:01 AM
    It is my another blog - http://rajasthanpolice.net/
  • Picture of Elena Robles Robles
    Fri, Aug 31, 2018, 6:54 PM
    How can I insert the instagram block? Many thanks
  • Picture of Shaun Daubney
    Fri, Aug 31, 2018, 9:39 PM
    Elena Robles Robles - the Instagram block is just an HTML block where you can embed a widget or manually add pictures saved from Instagram.
  • Picture of Eduardo Almeida Costa
    Wed, Sep 5, 2018, 1:11 AM
    Is there an estimate for the theme to work with moodle 3.5?
    Thanks.
  • Picture of Shaun Daubney
    Wed, Sep 5, 2018, 2:31 AM
    Unfortunately we're having massive problems upgrading our Moodle so development has been delayed.
  • Picture of Elena Robles Robles
    Thu, Sep 27, 2018, 7:40 PM
    How can I change the header so that it has an icon and a black background?
    From the instagram block you have on the web demo
  • Picture of Visvanath Ratnaweera
    Fri, Oct 5, 2018, 3:46 PM
    Hi, thanks for the great theme! I like the non-intrusive approach. One change I would like to do in the same direction. How do I unstick the top menu bar (where the Home button, Language menu, Logged in user, are)?
  • Iron Man
    Sat, Mar 30, 2019, 3:17 AM
    Hi,
    One of my school adopted this theme. We upgraded to 3.6 and all courses with Aardvark theme can not access messaging. Do you plan on releasing an update?
  • Picture of Dennis Nazarrea
    Sun, Jun 2, 2019, 10:01 PM
    Hi, I just upgraded to Moodle 3.7, after installation of the new version aardvark themes does not display properly.
  • Picture of Shaun Daubney
    Tue, Sep 10, 2019, 5:06 PM
    Unfortunately I have had to make the decision to cease development of Aardvark to focus on other commitments.

    The Aardvark project started in 2008 after a focus group with students led the development of our somewhat basic and neglected installation of Moodle into a (at the time) modern and engaging platform. The idea was to drive student use by creating a colourful, MySpace-inspired, student intranet as the front-end, with the functionality of a VLE behind it. Pressure from those students would then ultimately drive adoption by tutors.

    Over the years, Aardvark has been an exciting and arguably inspiring project, started at Newbury College, but benefiting from the contributions and expertise of many other developers. It was the first open-source Moodle theme to include a drop-down navigation menu, a concept that would eventually become a core element of Moodle theme engine, and at its peak was installed on over 5,000 Moodle installations around the world.

    Development of Aardvark slowed down a few years ago as many of its advantages were adopted as features in the core theme engine of Moodle and a lack of development time meant that I was no longer able to keep up with the changes required to make the theme compatible with the latest releases.

    Aardvark has been an incredible project to work on, and I have learnt a huge amount about PHP and CSS along the way and I would like to thank everyone who has contacted me over the years with their kind comments. Special thanks to Mary L Evans, Patrick Malley and all of the other contributors and supporters who have been part of this journey.
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