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, Jan 16, 2020, 7:38 PM
    we would like to test this theme on our LMS: could you please let us know if it allows the creation of a child theme?
    Many thanks in advance,
    Roberta Vigo
  • Thu, Jan 16, 2020, 8:43 PM
    Roberta, It is a child theme of Boost. I am sure it can be done but since we develop it for ourselves we don't need a child theme. But you would need to find a tutorial on making child themes of a child theme. Might want to ask in the theme forums.
  • Fri, Jan 17, 2020, 1:02 AM
    Thank you very much Chris.
  • Tue, Jan 21, 2020, 9:58 PM
    Hi everyone! I have a problem hiding activities to certain groups. That is, I have a group "A" and a group "B" within the same course. I created an activity and I want to apply the restriction so that only the members of group A can see it and it doesn't work, since the members of group B can also see that activity. I am using Moodle 3.8+.
    Thank you very much in advance.
  • Wed, Jan 22, 2020, 12:18 AM
    Hi everyone,
    I have a problem with fordson v3.7 release 1.2.2 instaled on Moodle Moodle 3.7.3+ (Build: 20191122)
    when access to course completation error apears in all courses.
    No hay criterios establecidos para la terminación de este curso

    No completion criteria set for this course

    More information about this error

    ×Debug info:
    Error code: nocriteriaset
    ×Stack trace:
    line 494 of /lib/setuplib.php: moodle_exception thrown
    line 94 of /report/completion/index.php: call to print_error()

    with others themes it work ok

    Any idea?

    thank you
  • Wed, Jan 22, 2020, 12:20 AM
    Hi everyone,
    I have a problem with fordson v3.7 release 1.2.2 instaled on Moodle Moodle 3.7.3+ (Build: 20191122)
    when access to course completation error apears in all courses.
    No hay criterios establecidos para la terminación de este curso

    No completion criteria set for this course

    More information about this error

    ×Debug info:
    Error code: nocriteriaset
    ×Stack trace:
    line 494 of /lib/setuplib.php: moodle_exception thrown
    line 94 of /report/completion/index.php: call to print_error()

    with others themes it work ok

    Any idea?

    thank you
  • Tue, Jan 28, 2020, 1:08 PM
    I am having a problem in fordson theme v3.5 in moodle v3.5.10 After installing fordson theme i am not able to login in my moodle accounts admin and student both and this error is showing "invalid password and username". And then i try to forget password then this error is showing "Error sending password change confirmation email".
    If i remove the fordson theme then it start working again. Any suggestion what i should i do ?
  • Wed, Jan 29, 2020, 9:12 PM
    Jai Bararia, Moodle 3.5 changed how login occurs and needs to have a field for tokens. Update the theme or look in the release notes for the version of Fordson which fixes the login token issue.
  • Thu, Jan 30, 2020, 2:34 PM
    Chris, i check the file this code is their " $this->logintoken = \core\session\manager::get_login_token();" but still my login form is not working for authentic users in fordson theme and i find this code in "moodle/auth/classes/output/login". Am i looking at right path? or what else should i do?
  • Thu, Jan 30, 2020, 3:05 PM
    Hello Chris, Thanks for your help i found the file where i have to change the logintokens "moodle/lib/templates/loginform.mustache" after that it is working fine thank you for your time
  • Mon, Feb 3, 2020, 4:21 PM
    Hi Chris,
    when the teacher makes an activity available but not shown such as "attendance activity" the student can access it from the Fordson course management menu, is there any way to hide it from them?
  • Mon, Feb 3, 2020, 5:56 PM
    Hi Mohamed,
    Are you referring to the actual "Course management" menu, or to the "This course" menu? If it's the latter, please see the following discussion:
  • Tue, Feb 11, 2020, 2:08 AM
    Hi Everyone, does anyone know if I can put the categories in tile format? because categories appear like an expandable simple list and I would like to see as tile format in the first page.

    Thanks and Regards
  • Tue, Feb 11, 2020, 2:19 AM
    I forgot to ask about sub categories. It is possible to put subcategories also as tiles format?

  • Thu, Feb 13, 2020, 5:16 AM
    Running the 3.6 branch of Fordson, and so far I'm blown away with all the customization options. However, I'm running into a small issue. I can't seem to change the font color for the breadcrumbs. I've put "$breadcrumb-text-color: #000000;" in the Raw initial SCSS section, purged caches, etc - no dice. The only other thing I've set is the "Brand Primary" color, which is what both the breadcrumb background and breadcrumb font are being set to. Have I missed something obvious? Thanks!
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