Themes: Fordson

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Maintained by Picture of Chris Kenniburg Chris Kenniburg
Fordson | A child theme of Boost providing stunning visuals, an enhanced homepage experience, and improved navigation. Fordson sports a simple and effective design with a no-nonsense Bootstrap 4 layout that looks great on any screen.
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About Fordson

Fordson is a refreshingly clean and minimal design without skimping on visual cues that help learners.  Welcome and guide your students to the learning content with a straightforward homepage focused on getting engaged with learning and not the theme.  Fordson shines with a "less is more" approach but there are also many useful tools to help learners engage with your content such as improved customized navigation, Marketing Tiles and stunning display of courses.

Fordson HomepageClean, Simple, Efficient

  • Minimal design
  • Single pane of focus for learning materials and blocks
  • Customizable navigation: Nav Drawer, My Courses, This Course, Homepage Icon Bar, Course Management Panel, and more!
  • Out of the box a clean, refined, and stylish appearance with minimal configuration
  • Built for all screen sizes
  • Customized Homepage that has creative features when needed but can be used to create a minimal, focused, and distraction free homepage

Two Presets. One Theme.

Fordson comes with two presets: Default and eLearner.  Each preset allows teachers to personalize their course by uploading a course summary image.  This image is displayed throughout the site in various places and is utilized as a background image in the course.  Use the Fordson color choosers for all major elements of the design to match your school colors throughout the design.  Subtle style changes provide a unique experience no matter which preset you choose.  As a bonus, there is also a variation of Default called Default_X which uses vertical block titles to create separation of blocks from learning content.    

 Default Homepage  eLearner Preset

Customize Navigation

Fordson integrates several key navigation enhancements to help get students engaged and learning quickly.  

  • Customizable Homepage Icon Navigation Bar
  • Course Management Panel for teachers
  • Customizable Boost Nav Drawer
  • This Course drop down to display grouped activities
  • My Courses drop down displays enrolled courses

Course Management Panel for teachers

New Innovative Course Management Panel for Teachers!


Purpose Driven Design

The elements that make Fordson unique are built by design and all serve a purpose.  Fordson attempts to streamline the process of going from the homepage to enrolling in a course so that learners can engage with the content quickly and efficiently.  The custom icon navigation bar is a very visual tool to direct authenticated users on your homepage.  If a user has permissions to create new course a button to do so appears on the homepage icon navigation bar.  DIsplay news and information in an intuitive textbox slider that is triggered by a button in the icon navigation bar but conveniently hidden to minimize distractions.  A unique textbox for both authenticated and non-authenticated users can provide all the necessary instructions for users.  

Significant changes to the layout move both learning content and blocks together to focus attention on a single pane on the screen.  Custom images uploaded by teachers provide visual cues for learners that they are in a different course and allow teachers to feel they can customize the visuals of their course. Utilize the color options and pick the exact colors you need to give Fordson your school colors.  

Install the Easy Enrollment add-on (coming soon) and Fordson will display a new enrollment form on the homepage.  This new form will allow a student to enter a 6 digit code and instantly be enrolled into the corresponding course or group within the course. This allows a student to go from the homepage to a course in seconds!  It will even generate and read QR Codes for enrolling elementary kids by simple waving a paper in front of the computer.

Fordson also provides unique navigation solutions with the ability to customize the Boost Nav Drawer.  Remove the default menu items and add in your own.  Jumping from course to course is much easier with the inclusion of the famous “My Courses” drop down menu.  Once inside a course, teachers will immediately notice the “Turn Editing On” button located prominently at the top right of the page.  Also inside a course page near the breadcrumbs a special drop down displays a grouped listing of all activities used within the course to quickly display a list of every quiz, assignment, or activity.  Unique to Fordson is a brand new "Course Management" panel for teachers.  This innovative navigation panel provides a much better way to display all the tools and links to manage a course in a convenient sliding panel.  The intent of the Course Management panel is to replace the "Edit Course Cog" drop-down menu.   

Theme Notes

  1. In order to use the enhanced homepage you must make the SIte Home the default homepage for all users. It will not display if your homepage is set to Dashboard.
  2. If upgrading from version 1.3.1 to 1.4.0 you will want to adjust the Header Image Height setting for Fordson.  This should be set to a minimum of 400px as a starting point for you to adjust the custom site and course background images.  The layout changes in 1.4.0 require a larger height to look nice since the image is put behind the content.

Special Thanks

Elements and certain functionality of Fordson would not be possible without the following users and plugins:

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  • Picture of Владислав Долгий
    Wed, 26 Apr 2017, 10:05 PM

    Hello! How can I give the right to see the Create Course button for my created role?
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Wed, 26 Apr 2017, 10:28 PM
    You will need to give the new role this permission: moodle/course:create. This is enabled for site admins, course creators, and managers by default. Just allow that permission for your new role and the button will appear on the homepage.
  • Picture of Владислав Долгий
    Thu, 27 Apr 2017, 12:42 AM
    And if I do not want this role to give such rights, then how to be?
    I just have another link to this button
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Thu, 27 Apr 2017, 1:34 AM
    The only way a person can create a new course is if they have the moodle permission to do so. The button display is tied to this permission. If you can create a new course the button will appear and allow you to do so. If you do not have permission to create a course the button will not appear because you cannot create a course. If the button was to appear and you do not have permission to create a course you would get an error when you click the button.
  • Picture of Владислав Долгий
    Thu, 27 Apr 2017, 2:03 AM
    well, how can i tied the button display to a specific role?
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Thu, 27 Apr 2017, 2:21 AM
    Edit Permissions for the Role you want to see the button and make sure this Permission is set to ALLOW: moodle/course:create
  • Picture of Владислав Долгий
    Thu, 27 Apr 2017, 5:51 PM
    No, you misunderstood me, I want my created role to see this button, but did not have the right to create courses. Can I still add a binding to a specific role?
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Thu, 27 Apr 2017, 5:56 PM
    I am simply explaining how a user will see the button. You cannot see the button unless you can use the button. The button requires the permission described previously. If you want to remove that you can open up classes/output/core_renderer.php and remove this near the bottom of the page- && has_capability('moodle/course:create', $context
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Thu, 27 Apr 2017, 5:56 PM
    I am simply explaining how a user will see the button. You cannot see the button unless you can use the button. The button requires the permission described previously. If you want to remove that you can open up classes/output/core_renderer.php and remove this near the bottom of the page- && has_capability('moodle/course:create', $context
  • Picture of Владислав Долгий
    Thu, 27 Apr 2017, 6:25 PM

    Thank you very much, that's exactly what I wanted to hear!
  • Picture of Paulo Martins
    Fri, 28 Apr 2017, 6:21 AM
    After update to last version, 1.4.3, moodle version 3.2, moodle dies with the error: Exceção - Class 'core\output\icon_system' not found
    I need to manualy remove the theme to system start. Any sugestion?
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Fri, 28 Apr 2017, 7:06 AM
    Paulo, There are now 2 versions of Fordson. One will only work with Moodle 3.2 and one will ONLY work with Moodle 3.3 due to changes in core moodle. On the Fordson Version Page you will see Moodle 3.2 Version 1.4.3 and Moodle 3.3 Version 1.4.3. Please use the correct version with you site. I suspect you installed the Moodle 3.3 version which uses Font-Awesome Icons and that is not in 3.2.
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Fri, 28 Apr 2017, 7:57 AM
    Paulo, I fixed the Moodle 3.3 version and it shouldn't install unless you are running the latest daily update of Moodle 3.3BETA. The 3.2 version should be the only one that will properly install for you.
  • Picture of Paulo Martins
    Fri, 28 Apr 2017, 3:54 PM

    Hello Chris, Thanks for the help.
    I updated using the moodle update function and actually upgraded to the moodle version 3.3. I forced the replacement for the version of moodle 3.2, but now the icons do not appear, everything else works.
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Fri, 28 Apr 2017, 6:05 PM
    Try purging all Moodle cache. They your browser cache. The icons are cached.
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