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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11575 sites
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Current versions available: 10

Beautiful Design, Organization Branding, & Marketing

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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  • Fri, Jul 3, 2020, 6:47 PM
    Ciao Chris, sto usando da poco il tuo tema. E' veramente bello e ben fatto. Ti volevo chiedere coma mai da parte dello studente non è possibile vedere la scheda di valutazione. Ho settato "consenti" nelle autorizzazioni. Mi puoi aiutare. Grazie di tutto. Roberto
  • Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 11:13 PM
    Does someone knows a support page, for the Fordson Theme, because clearly NOBODY IS WATCHING THIS ONE.
    I updated Moodle to version 3.9 and some of the features of Fordson stopped working.
    I have´nt been able to find a support page.
    Every page I´ve reached is marketing, but nobody listening to support problems.
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 11:24 PM
  • Sun, Jul 26, 2020, 1:38 AM
    I want to add to the theme slides and leave more than three can you help me ??
  • Mon, Jul 27, 2020, 8:06 PM
    Juan, We've been in shutdown and quarantine. I work for K-12 schools in Michigan and we were pretty hard hit with Covid. It is a monumental task helping over 1200 teachers move to online in 2 weeks time. Now we are planning for this coming school year in which we don't know if kids will be in school or learning online. Sorry, there is only so much time in a day. My kids need to see me too.
  • Thu, Jul 30, 2020, 3:51 AM i can add any font to this theme?
  • Mon, Aug 3, 2020, 8:12 AM
    Hi. Thank you for your good effort !
    How can we set image for category in front page, like Essential theme ?
  • Tue, Aug 4, 2020, 9:04 AM
    Thanks a lot for this beautifull and very functional theme
    I wonder wether there is a way to have a parents/mentor dashboard/plugin incorporated in this theme?
    Can somebody please give me a hint for realizing this in our moodle instance?
  • Wed, Aug 19, 2020, 12:14 PM
    Hi Chris,

    Great theme, we have just chosen to this to implement for one of our sites. I had a question about badges. We don't actually really use badges so I have disabled it from the Site administration settings however still the badges Icon appears on the dashboard. Is there any setting for those icons to be removed if we don't want to use it?
  • Thu, Aug 20, 2020, 1:13 PM
    Hi, I updated to Moodle 3.9 and noticed that the "Activities" pane dissapeared from the Fordson admin panel. Any way to have it back?
  • Fri, Aug 21, 2020, 2:46 PM

    Many thanks for developing and maintaining Fordson. I highly appreciate your effort and your ideas.

    Does anybody know how to solve this issue?


    Default settings Moodle 3.9 ,Fordson v3.9 release 1.1, Chrome 84, Safari 14

    Uncaught Error: No define call for theme_boost/tooltip
    at makeError (require.min.js:5)
    at Object.completeLoad (require.min.js:5)
    at HTMLScriptElement.onScriptLoad (require.min.js:5)
  • Wed, Sep 2, 2020, 3:59 AM
    Hello, This theme is very good , but since moodle 3.9.1 update Im getting this error with the file manager box when uploading a file.
    The error is this one:

    Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'on' of null
    at FileManagerHelper.setup_buttons (filemanager.js:426)
    at FileManagerHelper.initializer (filemanager.js:127)
    at FileManagerHelper._initHierarchy (yui_combo.php?rollup/3.17.2/yui-moodlesimple-min.js:279)
    at FileManagerHelper._baseInit (yui_combo.php?rollup/3.17.2/yui-moodlesimple-min.js:279)
    at FileManagerHelper.init (yui_combo.php?rollup/3.17.2/yui-moodlesimple-min.js:311)
    at FileManagerHelper._initBase (yui_combo.php?rollup/3.17.2/yui-moodlesimple-min.js:279)
    at FileManagerHelper.v (yui_combo.php?rollup/3.17.2/yui-moodlesimple-min.js:279)
    at FileManagerHelper.o (yui_combo.php?rollup/3.17.2/yui-moodlesimple-min.js:319)
    at new FileManagerHelper (filemanager.js:53)
    at Object.M.form_filemanager.init (filemanager.js:1191)
  • Fri, Sep 4, 2020, 12:16 AM
    Hi Chris,

    Is there a known issue when when copying courses in Moodle 3.9.1? I have copied some but the course block button disappears when doing so
  • Sun, Sep 13, 2020, 4:33 AM
    I note the comment by Pequenos Sorrisos - we are having an issue where many staff members cannot add files to the folder activity; the loading icon simply continues to sit there with no file box ever appearing. It might be related to this reported error or the next one we are getting...
    On the dashboard we are getting an error require.min.js: 5 Uncaught Error: Mismatched anonymous define() module: function()...

    We sometimes cannot click on dropdowns and it might be related to this?
  • Gilles Le Page
    Fri, Oct 9, 2020, 11:05 PM
    Hello Chris,
    I have been using Fordson with pleasure on several Moodles for about 2 years. I've been facing a weird difficulty since I switched platforms from Moodle 3.8.3 to 3.9.
    I can no longer access the filepicker in Fordson's settings to change the bacground, header, etc. images.
    I am hosted by o2switch, the problem appears with all browsers.
    The only solution found: install a new Moodle platform in version 3.9 and restore each course. It's tedious wink
    I explained my problem on the Moodle forums: nobody seems to have encountered this problem.
    Information: the same problem appears with the Moove theme, which I tested yesterday.
    Do you have an idea?
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