Themes ::: theme_fordson
Maintained by Chris Kenniburg
The Fordson theme is focused on students going from login to learning, with features that help teachers build better courses and students engage with content. Your school is unique and Fordson provides impressive customizations for a professional and modern learning platform. Try out Fordson and show some love by clicking "favourite" ( ♥ ) !
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Fordson extends the core Boost theme to provide styling options, customized color choosers, enhanced user interactions, improved navigation, and branding opportunities within the theme.  Depending on your needs, Fordson delivers a variety of style presets to help you quickly change the look of your site! 

Login to Learning

What does this motto mean, "Focused on going from Login to Learning"?  It means we are hyper focused on the user experience that extends from the point of login until the student is engaged with learning.  What does that actually mean from a plugin?  It means through our theme and related plugins we have looked at and spent time trying to develop a streamlined and intuitive way to go from the Moodle homepage to course content in a way that makes sense for our users.  We developed the Fordson theme to help with navigation and usability.  We developed the Easy Enrollment plugin to help enroll students into courses directly from the Moodle homepage.  As of the latest release of Fordson we now have a special course format that we've enhanced through our theme to provide a great user experience at the course level.  Install the Collapsible Topics Course Format and activate the new "Plugin Integration" in Fordson and you will see the difference between the normal course format and how we enhance it through the Fordson theme.  We are focused on going from login to learning and want to share that experience with the Moodle community.

New!  Plugin Integrations

Announcing Jitsi Server Integration

New Jitsi server integration button.New for 2020 is Jitsi Meet server integration which automatically puts a Jitsi Meet Launch button at the top of every course in your Moodle site. If 2020 has taught us anything, learning remotely requires a good web conferencing software. Each Moodle class gets a Jitsi Launch button right below the breadcrumbs. If you don't use Jitsi, just don't add a title to the Jitsi settings in Fordson. However, we provide the public URL that will work too if you don't have your own Jitsi server.  check out the main page of the Fordson Theme settings for the new Jitsi integration.

Focused on What Matters

We are focused on the process of getting a student to go from login to learning as efficiently as possible. Once in a course, we utilize a variety of techniques to help students engage with the content and organize the page in a way that helps promote learning.  We accomplish this by listening to our teachers and students for ways to improve that experience. When we extend Moodle functionality, we try to stay as close to core Boost as possible. Fordson delivers impressive features such as an innovative Course Management dashboard for teachers with all the links to manage a course and users.  There are also little features like a course editing button that is always visible and “location aware” to speed up building a course.  The learning content is most important and Fordson utilizes space, color, images, icons, and other elements to help guide students through a course. Fordson also provides many different looks so that you can customize the presentation of learning materials to your students.  Spend more time engaged in learning and less time clicking buttons. Fordson enhances the user experience for both students and teachers by combining clean and efficient design with innovative user features not found in other themes. From login to learning we are focused on making Moodle better for students and teachers.

Thoughtful and Purposeful Development

Development of the Fordson theme is often guided by community, teacher, and student feedback.  We listen to suggestions that match our desire to provide the best experience from login to learning.  The Fordson theme shines when you are looking for the the following:

  • A theme that organizes Moodle’s navigation and enhances it to improve the user experience.

  • A theme that is focused on going from login to learning and getting out of the way of your teachers and students.

  • Improved navigation that helps make sense of course management for teachers and students get into courses faster

  • Designed and refined with community and teacher input based on their needs

Top Features

  1. Over 160 unique layout and style combinations for the ultimate in customization
  2. Fordson includes a variety of Site Preset Styles, Page Layouts, Sections Styles, and Course Listing Styles.  All of which can be changed instantly from a menu.
  3. All major navigation and functionality accessible from one spot on the page for users
  4. A re-imagined course management panel for teachers that makes sense of all the links in course administration.  It’s accessible from anywhere in the course at any time.
  5. New Block Display Panel moves blocks into a 3-column collapsible drawer giving a teacher more room for blocks and keeps them hidden until a student wants to see them.
  6. Turn Editing On button is “location aware” and accessible at all times on the course homepage.  When clicked the page will return to the exact location you where viewing when you pressed the button.  
  7. Feature the most effective course modules and activities first with Fordson’s innovative course activity customizations.  Take control of what modules are displayed, module ordering, and the ability to feature modules. Limit what modules a teacher can use and allow Managers to see and use all modules.
  8. Keep students informed with progress reports, grades, teacher contacts and more with the Fordson Student Dashboard panel.  This panel provides course information at a glance for students.
  9. When a course is set to show one topic per page the Fordson theme will show individual topic completion progress on the course homepage.  Students can quickly see what topics still have unfinished assignments.  
  10. Enroll students directly from the site homepage when using the Easy Enrollment Add-on.

Additional Information

Easy Enrollment Add-On

Install the Easy Enrollment add-on 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.

Special Thanks

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


This plugin is part of set Fordson theme.


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  • Thu, Nov 15, 2018, 9:29 PM
    We are having the same problems with the login issue in the latest update of Moodle 3.4.6 found in Moodle 3.5.3 and fixed in Fordson v3.5 release 3 update 15. My question is whether Fordson v3.4 will be fixed for Moodle 3.4.6
  • Thu, Nov 15, 2018, 9:44 PM
    Ricardo, I'll apply this fix to the 3.4 version and push out a new release later today.
  • Thu, Nov 15, 2018, 11:11 PM
    I have a 3.4 fix for the login tokens but I need to setup a dev site to test it.
  • Sun, Nov 18, 2018, 2:48 AM

    First off, thank you for this superb theme. I am adding a logo in the logos default section in moodle (high res and compact). When i run the login page, the logo is not being responsive and spills over the login box, any ideas what am i doing wrong ?

    Using Moodle 3.5.3.

    Thanks smile
  • Mon, Nov 19, 2018, 3:32 PM
    Hi Zeid,

    We've experienced that same issue (it's not actually a Fordson theme issue but a issue of Boost theme from which Fordson inherits). It can be fixed in Fordson changing a single row of fordson\templates\core\loginform.mustache, you should search for the img of the logo and add class="img-responsive" to it. It's in the line 206 in the version avalaible in GitHub:
  • Sat, Nov 24, 2018, 7:01 AM

    Can I install this theme in Moodle version 3.1.14?

    Thank you.
  • Sat, Nov 24, 2018, 8:55 AM
    Hello Marianna,
    No. It only works on Moodle 3.2 and above. It didn't get really good until around Moodle 3.4. if you can, try to upgrade to at least Moodle 3.4.
  • Sun, Nov 25, 2018, 3:06 AM
    Hi Iñigo, Thanks so much for your answer, i will give it a go smile
  • Tue, Dec 4, 2018, 2:24 AM
    Hello Chris, Is Fordson compatible with Moodle 3.6? Thanks
  • Tue, Dec 4, 2018, 2:55 AM
    Mo, Not yet. Later this week for sure. Fordson for Moodle 3.6 is on github but I am doing some final testing before officially publishing it here.
  • Tue, Dec 4, 2018, 2:59 AM
  • Wed, Dec 5, 2018, 4:41 AM
    Waiting for to on 3.6 worked. Thanks.
  • Mon, Dec 31, 2018, 3:29 PM
    Hi Chris,
    I have a few suggestions

    1. When we enable categories in the front page or courses it appears as a list, however, I guess it is better to have additional option to display as thumbnails currently it displayed like this screenshot!Amdk-vbboLpgiHl43nZ68UfMg-4c, so it might be something like!Amdk-vbboLpgiHrSkVnkk8urM4cX

    2. In course thumbnails, when the course has a teacher it is better to be displayed above summary and other information along with teacher avatar image the following screenshot shows the current display and my suggestion!Amdk-vbboLpgiHueaNfyhl3P0MzR.

    3. The self-enrollment page currently looks like this!Amdk-vbboLpgiH1KbVtxtsAOWAwu, I suggest to make a better look for this page by making the course thumb bigger, adding teacher avatar, a way to format course summary text font, adding more details such as start and end dates and rating of the course if exists. a quick example might look like this!Amdk-vbboLpgiH78oHsovvCcpd4O
  • Wed, Jan 2, 2019, 8:38 PM
    These are great suggestions. #1 probably will not happen as there are many other factors involved and there isn't anything built in like with courses for file uploads. #2 I really like this idea and will look to see what can be done. #3 would require rewriting the renderer and we want to keep the functionality as close to core as possible unless we are extending a functionality that doesn't exist in core such as mycourses dropdown. It's very easy to have a theme get feature bloat and then it becomes a real chore to keep updated. So we are very picky about what features we want to include and maintain.
  • Thu, Jan 3, 2019, 3:19 PM
    Hi Chris,
    Thanks for sharing your feedback with me, I will keep sharing here if I have any new suggestions.

    Regarding point 1, I agree with you it looks like need to have a new function for uploading files to category first.

    Regarding point 3, I thought it is easy to add data of the teacher as this information already exist. and other changes might be CSS changes only. but is there a way to share our suggestions with Moodle team to include it in the new releases of Moodle, so that in the theme we updated the CSS only?
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