Themes ::: theme_evolved
Maintained by Picture of Chris KenniburgChris Kenniburg
evolve-D(earborn) is a Moodle theme focused on simplicity and style. Turn on the custom frontpage and your site will sport an impressive and beautiful login page. Once logged in you have complete control over the custom homepage complete with a navigation bar with icons, search, text, slideshow, and more.
Latest release:
588 sites
238 fans
Current versions available: 2

Introducing evolve-D(earborn).   A Moodle theme that is based off More but with an abundance of enhancements that evolved into a new theme.  Evolve-D sports a clean, minimal design with a focus on simplicity to minimize distractions.   What makes this theme different is it's new approach to the Moodle frontpage.  Logged in users are presented with a custom homepage while logged out users get a beautiful login page with a fullscreen image background.  You can even opt to use the built in login form or the standard Moodle login form.  Each login form has unique styling and a beautiful fullscreen image background.


  • Custom login page with fullscreen image background for logged out users
  • Simplified, custom Moodle homepage for logged in users
  • Two Column theme with blocks on the right
  • Support for Moodle's Socialwall Course Format.  If you use the Socialwall Course Format the evolve-D theme is the perfect companion as it contains super nice styling for the post interface and timeline posts.
  • Four image slideshow on custom homepage
  • Visual Separation of Topics/weeks.  Unique styling creates a visual separation of weeks/topics with the ability to customize the background color in theme settings.  
  • Custom Logo
  • Marketing Spots at bottom of page
  • Fontawesome support
  • Custom Menu "My Courses" dropdown
  • General and Weather Alert notices for users
  • Custom Colors

Moodle 3.2 compatibility

Several people have asked if there will be releases of Evolve-D beyond Moodle 2.9 to be compatible with Moodle 3.2.  After much debate we decided the best option was to take many of the features from Evolve-D and to build a new theme moving forward called Fordson.  Fordson is a child theme of the new Moodle default theme Boost.  Fordson builds on Evolve-D by incorporating a better custom homepage with up to six marketing spots, custom page header image for both the site and individual courses, and of course... Style Presets which can transform your site to give it a unique look and feel! I am even working on an "evolve-D" style preset so that the content areas and blocks will have a similar look and feel to evolve-D with the great new features of Boost.

If you like Evolve-D, I hope you check out Fordson:  https://moodle.org/plugins/theme_fordson

Documentation and Setup

(special thanks to German Valero for creating the doc page.)

General Overview

Version 2.0.2 and Newer Updates and Setup Instructions

Evolve-D is maintained and developed by Dearborn Public Schools.  We are a K-12 school district in Dearborn, Michigan.  

Moodle 2.9 Note:

 If you are using Moodle 2.9 the default homepage for the site is the new User Dashboard. You need to change this in Site Administration > Navigation > Default Homepage for Users. Please force "Site" for all users if you want to use this Evolve-D's custom homepage with icons.


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  • Picture of David Dunn
    Wed, Sep 16, 2015, 11:45 PM

    I see that forcing users to login does not override the custom front page, so that is a workable solution. I would still prefer a more discreet "New user?" link on the front page rather than the full instructions for creating a new account -- it takes away from the beauty of the front page design.
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Thu, Sep 17, 2015, 12:20 AM
    Let me take a look at it and see what I can do. I'll try to have a new version out the door next week if I can make something blended into the frontpage that isn't distracting.
  • Picture of David Dunn
    Thu, Sep 17, 2015, 6:00 AM
    Thanks, Chris. In addition to this request, I've had another about using the front page for showcasing courses. Using the Marketing spots would be one obvious solution; however, the EdX-style tiles would be way cooler! (https://www.edx.org/)

    Any ideas on that?

    - David
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Thu, Sep 17, 2015, 7:34 PM
    You could use the homepage text box to insert a few courses you want to highlight. I can see if we can include something like this in the future but this feature isn't on a roadmap yet for my organization. Frankie Kam here on Moodle.org did some fantastic updates to the slideshow feature and I am going to include those in the next release.
  • Picture of Oktay Dayıoğlu
    Fri, Oct 16, 2015, 5:42 AM
    Where is the user picture on user profile page? It is nice to see users' Picture.
  • Picture of Christian Glahn
    Wed, Oct 28, 2015, 7:03 PM
    Hi Chris

    Great theme. I am wondering whether the git repository on github is still valid and active, because it appears that it is a bit out of sync with the releases here.

    Thank you
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Wed, Oct 28, 2015, 7:47 PM
    Christian, It might be a little outdated on the github. Sorry. I will try to be better at updating it.
  • Picture of Kevin Bleier
    Mon, Nov 2, 2015, 9:15 PM
    Hey Chris - loving the theme, and thank you for helping me before. Wondering if this is a question for the theme or not, but trying to hide the black bar at the top of the page during quiz attempts only (do not want students to be able to log out or go back to the home page during the attempt) ... is there any suggestions you have for code that I could insert to make this happen? Not sure what that bar is called, nor am I an expert at coding by any means, but maybe something linked to when they are on the attempt.php part of moodle? Or maybe leave it in view but disable the buttons themselves? Thanks!
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Mon, Nov 2, 2015, 9:32 PM
    Unfortunately I do not believe you can lock down the browser like you want during a quiz to show and hide items. At least not very easily. Have you looked at the safe-exam browser? https://docs.moodle.org/29/en/Safe_exam_browser
  • Picture of Kevin Bleier
    Mon, Nov 2, 2015, 9:51 PM
    Yes, we're using that with success on PCs, but we're about to get Chromebooks in and those do not run SEB, but I've found a pretty good workaround (using kiosk mode and convincing Moodle that it represents SEB), but it's problematic if students can just get out of the quiz with the navigation stuff at the top
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Mon, Nov 2, 2015, 9:58 PM
    You could try some css to do a display:none for the breadcrumb. You'd have to get specific to try and isolate it for the quiz display page. It could very well end up hiding the breadcrumbs for the entire site.
  • Picture of Kevin Bleier
    Mon, Nov 2, 2015, 11:56 PM
    Okay, found styles.css in the /mod/quiz folder and see lots of stuff that would probably help me isolate this change to the attempt screen within a quiz, and also saw this discussion (http://stackoverflow.com/questions/9297694/remove-navigation-bar-from-a-quiz-page-of-moodle) about doing a command for blocking certain elements, just don't know what the "breadcrumb" is called in the code to try blocking it ... do you mind helping me a bit with code suggestions (I'm getting more and more comfortable messing with code, but definitely not an expert) ... thanks!
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Tue, Nov 3, 2015, 12:29 AM
    Try this in custom CSS of the Evolve-D theme:

    #page-mod-quiz-attempt .breadcrumb-nav .breadcrumb {
    display: none;

    Just make sure it only hides breadcrumbs on the quiz attempt pages. This will apply sitewide for all quizzes.
  • Picture of Hamed Azimi
    Wed, Nov 4, 2015, 11:23 PM
    When I hide navigation block, course page becomes full screen and all blocks goes below the content of course page (In google chrome. But its OK in firefox)
    Any opinion will be appreciated.
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Wed, Nov 4, 2015, 11:26 PM
    Clear your cache in Chrome and then your moodle install. Also, what other blocks are on the page? Maybe one of them breaks the column in chrome.
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