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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  • Sat, Feb 15, 2020, 9:08 PM
    I think I have a cache problem. I upgraded Moodle from 3.5.1. to 3.8.1. Then, when I tried to make Fordson the default, I got a error saying it could not be found. I realized I needed to also upgrade Fordson to 3.8. So, I did that but after making the Fordson the default theme, none of the customization I had previously done was displayed....just the initial Fordson view. I checked the settings and they are correct and just like before the Moodle upgrade. I purged Moodle cache and emptied my browser cache. I also tried a different browser. Can anyone tell me what to do? Apart from not showing the colors and other customization I did, Fordson seems to be working fine. Thanks in advance for any suggestions for what to do.
  • Sat, Feb 15, 2020, 9:35 PM
    Okay, update - I removed and then re-entered the customization I had done previously and it worked. Has anyone else had this happen. Should I have done something differently when I upgraded? Thanks much!
  • Tue, Feb 18, 2020, 12:31 AM
    Hi everyone,

    i have a question about Fordson.

    Is there anyway to see the delivry status with fordson like for example how does the adaptable theme? I mean the button that says the task is over (red) / delivered (green)...

  • Mon, Mar 9, 2020, 7:51 AM

    Thanks for this awesome theme - I am going to be using it on the update version of my school's Moodle installation. One question though, and I've not been able to find the answer, is related to the custom login page. I have set it up to include a photo; however, is there an option to have a series of rotating static images instead of just the one static image?

    Thank you in advance.
  • Tue, Mar 10, 2020, 7:55 PM
    In Moodle 3.8 the Slideshow images are used on the custom login page as a full-width rotating images behind the login form. Upload and activate the slideshow.
  • Tue, Mar 17, 2020, 1:24 AM
    Chris (or anyone else),
    I would like to add the "Grades" link into the top Course drop-down menu. Currently the menu has the "Course Title Home", "Calendar", "Participants", "Badges", followed by the Section Titles to be selected. What's the best method to add "Grades" for selection from this drop-down menu list?
    - Moodle 3.5
    - Forson v3.5 release 3

  • Tue, Mar 17, 2020, 1:28 AM
    This theme has been transformative for us. Thank you so much for all the work.

    One question: Is there a way to limit which links are available in the teacher/student dashboard? To simplify our site and make it easier to navigate, we've removed many permissions from our core roles. For example, our teacher role doesn't have permission to reset, backup, restore, etc. and that work is instead delegated to course managers. Nevertheless, the links appear in the dashboard for teachers. Is there a way to hide them in response to permissions?
  • Mon, Mar 23, 2020, 11:53 AM
    Hello friends.

    Incredible topic, I have a question is it possible to put a logo on the top bar?
  • Mon, Mar 23, 2020, 11:55 AM
    Hello friends.

    Incredible topic, I have a question is it possible to put a logo on the top bar?
  • Lauder Javne, Budapest, HU
    Fri, Apr 3, 2020, 4:41 PM
    Hey there,

    Will you update Fordson to use Font Awesome 5.x?
  • Mon, Apr 6, 2020, 10:01 PM
    Peter G. If you prohibit the permissions for say, manage badge, the badge section will not appear in the Teacher Dashboard. I should probably work up some documentation at some point. David Aguirre, Putting a logo at the top is a standard moodle function. It wil show on Fordson too.
    Lang Halloman, Turn on View Gradebook in Course Settings and then students should see the link to gradebook.
  • Mon, Apr 13, 2020, 10:56 PM
    I've been trying for a couple days to make my homepage/login look like the one in the screenshot above. I really like having the login box appear over top of the slideshow. I haven't had any success and I've spent hours in the latest Fordson theme settings. Any help would be appreciated.
  • Mon, Apr 13, 2020, 11:12 PM
    VOMC IT - In the fordson settings you need to turn on the Custom Login Page and then Force Users to Login (A moodle core feature).
  • Tue, Apr 14, 2020, 12:09 AM
    Thank you, Chris. I had explored these settings, but your comment forced me to believe the solution was there and I've figured out how the settings combine. Thanks again.
  • Tue, Apr 14, 2020, 4:52 AM
    How can I remove short name of site?
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