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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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, Apr 24, 2020, 11:00 AM
    Hi Chris,
    Awesome theme! I totally adore it and wouldn't use anything else. Easy enrollments is the best! I have a question about the layout and how it is rendering for the Jitsi plugin. When accessed, it displays on the bottom of the page with a large white area showing at the top so you have to scroll down to find the Jitsi screen. I checked the HTML code (inspect element) and that white area is caused by "
    " (see below). When I change "card" to "col" the white area is gone and the Jitsi screen is displayed at the top of the page. Question: is there a non hack way to fix this? Alternatively, can I enter code with "col" instead of "card" in "Additional HTML" without affecting the entire site (probably not). I'm not a programmer so any suggestions greatly appreciated. Thank you. Dave
  • Sat, Apr 25, 2020, 3:53 PM
    Hi again,

    It looks like this board doesn't like it when you enter html code. The point I was making is that the code shows a card in the code is making that white space so the Jitsi screen shows below it. Is there a way to remove that space so you don't have to scroll down to see the screen. Thanks.
  • Wed, Apr 29, 2020, 3:43 PM
    I try a little bug. I've moodle 3.5. In "Manage media players", I have moved, "htm5 audio" over "VideoJS player".
    The label with the audio files on the course homepage disappear.
  • Sun, May 3, 2020, 9:02 PM
    How do i activate the Colapse Block option on the top Right? I have installed the theme and used different presets but cannot seem to activate that option? Do I need to install a plugin?
  • Thu, May 7, 2020, 4:01 PM
    thanks for your nice theme,
    would you please advise how can i add my own rtl fonts to Fordson theme?
  • Thu, Jun 4, 2020, 3:19 AM
    Muchas gracias, esperamos la versión actualizada de Font Awesome smile
  • Mon, Jun 15, 2020, 11:50 PM
    Thank you for the lovely theme!
    When is 3.9 coming out?
  • Tue, Jun 16, 2020, 12:18 AM
    I am just making final adjustments. The 3.9 version is now pushed to the master branch on Github. It will be out within the week on
  • Free Hugs downtown Chicago
    Tue, Jun 16, 2020, 12:39 AM
    Hello Chris! This theme is amazing and we're enjoying the new options at our disposal. Absolutely love that the nav drawer can default to a closed state.

    I have two questions about settings.

    The image of the graduate with cap silhouette is the background of the main page. I cannot seem to find how to override that with a different image or plain color. Where can I find that?

    Secondly, is there a way to allow guest access to see icon navigation? Presently it seems only logged in users can see it.

    Thank you for creating an amazing theme!

  • Fri, Jun 19, 2020, 7:51 AM
    1) Fordson Theme Settings -> Custom Image Settings -> Default Header Image
    2) Not without some work and it would get overridden each update.

  • Ricardo Caiado
    Mon, Jun 22, 2020, 8:08 AM
    Hi, Chris.

    This is my situation:

    Moodle 3.8.3+
    Fordon 3.8
    Collapsible Topics format 3.9
    Collapsible Topics format integration is ON

    The only way I can make the integration work is by first clicking on the "Expand all" link located in the upper right corner.

    If I don't, the "View Activities and Resources" link won't work. Any idea?

    All the best,

  • Mon, Jun 22, 2020, 4:01 PM

    I have different versions of Moodle: from 3.5 to 3.9.

    In the Moodle 3.5 version, the activity navigation is internal to the "learningcontent" DIV.

    From version Moodle 3.7 it is external to the "learningcontent" DIV, and its class is "activity-navigation".

    Which theme file do I need to modify to have internal learning activity within the "learningcontent" DIV?
    How can I maintain the usual dimension of the "learningcontent" DIV with the "activity-navigation" class?

    In Moodle 3.9 I put "Fordson v3.9 release 1.1".

    DIV has been modified:

    Where can I remove the "container-fluid" class in the code?

  • Mon, Jun 29, 2020, 9:50 AM
    Hi Chris,
    Great theme - it works perfectly for me. I just have a question about updates and custom files. When I update, custom files that I have uploaded to the Moodle directory get overwritten. The locations I store these custom files in are:

    Is there somewhere else I should be storing these files so they don't get overwritten each update? I'm not sure it's a good idea to store them outside the moodle directory, because they are only being used within Moodle, although it would be technically possible for me to do this. Do you think it's a good idea to store these custom files outside of the Moodle directory to ensure they don't get written over during updates? I'm just trying to streamline my update process for future updates, because my most recent one was quite a lot of work.

  • Mon, Jun 29, 2020, 10:45 PM
    Chris, thanks for the awsome theme.
    I want that my front page looks like the sixth image of the screenshots.
    That is, that the body is narrower than the image.
    What CSS file do I have to modify to get that look ?
    Thanks in advance.
    My Moodle site is :
  • Thu, Jul 2, 2020, 12:49 PM
    Hi Chris, first of all thanks for this amazing theme I've found very usefull features on it.
    Not sure if you're aware of a little bug while adding a new activity/resource when reading the description, the back and add buttons are only visible at half.
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