Themes: Snap

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Snap’s user-friendly and responsive design removes barriers to online learning, enabling you to create the modern, engaging experience user's expect on the web today. Its intuitive layout is optimised for online learning, focusing on the things that matter - your learning activities and content.
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Snap is a Moodle theme that makes online learning an enjoyable and intuitive experience for learners and educators.

Snap's user-friendly design removes barriers to online learning, enabling you to create the modern, engaging experience user's expect on the web today. Snap's intuitive layout is optimised for online learning, focusing on the things that matter - your learning activities and content.

Personal menu

Snap’s easy to use navigation gives users an elegant way to perform frequent tasks. All your courses, deadlines, messages and feedback are always one click or tap away to save you time.

Courses with personality

Every course in Snap let's teachers add a cover image to give it a unique personality.

Courses in Snap allow you create individual topics, so learners understand where their focus should be without being confused or overwhelmed by lots of links and options. 

Each topic shows students their progress, which is updated inline with ajax as you progress through the course.

Every activity in Snap shows students the due date, if they have submitted, and if feedback is available - without having to open the activity. 

Teachers are shown how many users have submitted an activity, and if they need to grade any submissions. 

Teacher's workflows for creating and structuring content in their courses are also optimised to save time. With no need to turn editing on, inline resource/activity deleting, the ability to move multiple resources/activities at once, inline topic creation and many other ways to help teachers give learners the best online learning experience.

Working seamlessly across every device - from desktop to mobile, Snap’s responsive Twitter Bootstrap based framework provides a consistent, professional experience for learning whenever and wherever you want to learn.

You can learn more about Snap on our video playlist.

Under the hood:

Like most other Moodle Themes today Snap runs on Bootstrap 4, jQuery, Sass, and inherits from the Boost theme.


Snap is continuously updated, with each major version released 6 months after the Moodle release. If you'd like to test our work in progress it's always available on github!

Questions & Support:

Be kind by asking questions about Snap in the Moodle Themes Forum rather than on this page.

Report bugs about Snap in the Snap theme github.


This plugin is contributed by the Blackboard. Blackboard is an education technology company dedicated to bringing excellent online teaching to institutions across the globe. We serve colleges and universities, schools and organizations by supporting the software that educators use to manage and deliver instructional content to learners in virtual classrooms.


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  • Picture of Joseph Liaw
    Tue, Mar 14, 2017, 3:49 AM
    @Stuart / @Chris Chapman:

    First of all, a big "THANK YOU!" should go out to Stuart and the Snap dev team for generously sharing with the Moodle community Snap--a much needed and truly refreshing theme that drastically changes how both instructors and students interact with the platform! Also a big thank you for being so responsive to feedback and sharing some great tips and ideas!

    I agree with what you shared Chris, about veteran users of Moodle switching to another theme / course format (e.g. Grid with Essential) being thrown off by using Snap with the standard Topics format, which actually is a "good" thing if you think about it because it means they have become so familiar and intimate with your platform that it has become part of their workflow in the classroom...

    BUT, once they give Snap a go with the standard Topics format, they will really like the GREAT new features of Snap which save time and gives a better user experience overall (e.g. easier and much more intuitive editing and defaults intelligently pre-set to rename topics / add and move topics and multiple resources easily without additional plugins, nifty course search tool, consistent navigation with the settings menu anchored in the top right and personal menu with intuitive access to deadlines, feedback, discussion forums, and teacher notification of items to grade (life saver!), and the cool "live tile" display of file resources and inviting "sneak preview" and intuitive in-line display of page links, and the list goes on)!!!

    When I informally showed a newer teacher what Moodle looked like in comparison to other tools (including Google Classroom, the new Google Sites, and the new competitor Canvas), she said, "Oooh....I really like Moodle and it looks easy to use!!!" which I had not really heard before with Moodle given how much more power is under the hood waiting to be unleashed!!!

    So, the tricky thing is that the Snap Dev team probably doesn't have the resources and time now to both keep Snap up-to-date with the rapid fire release of each Moodle version, AND build compatibility with all of the plugins for course formats out there (and I agree with you Chris that Grid is one of the top ones along with OneTopic IMHO).

    @Stuart: Idea to help bring about a "compromise" solution:

    Would it be possible to add an option to Snap to toggle / hide the Snap navigation menu, and add an option to Snap to only load ONE topic at a time to reduce page load times for larger, more complex courses that teachers will build with gamification and mastery paths now that you have given us such a beautiful theme and intuitive UI?

    Then, Chris you could add a label with a Grid of icons / images that links to each section in your course (BINGO--Grid format!), and if Snap could only load ONE topic at a time we have the lightning fast and beautifully functional OneTopic format which reduces page load times to only 1-2 seconds vs. 9-12 seconds for some of our more complex, gamified courses! The best of both worlds at your fingertips!!! smile
    Wed, Mar 15, 2017, 3:24 AM
    Hello, what plugin are you using to display the progress bar in each course?
  • Picture of Stuart Lamour
    Thu, Mar 16, 2017, 6:09 PM
    Hi @hernan, it uses the standard Moodle completion tracking so no plugin is needed.
  • Picture of Pam Roberts
    Fri, Mar 17, 2017, 9:03 AM
    HI - how can I add columns to my course in Snap?
  • Picture of Haydn St
    Fri, Mar 17, 2017, 9:28 AM
    Will the 3.1 version work on 3.2?
  • Picture of Stuart Lamour
    Tue, Mar 21, 2017, 10:09 PM
    Hi Pam, i'd recommend using the atto bootstrap grid plugin to make responsive columns in your content -

    @haydn - i haven't tried i'm afraid! Working on 3.2 at the moment with some nice updates.

  • Picture of Lucas Fonseca
    Fri, Mar 31, 2017, 12:45 AM
    @HERNAN I'm translating using Moodle, go to Site Administration > Language > Language Personalization, choose your desired language, open the package, and choose "theme_snap.php", there you can translate everything.
  • Picture of Sonya de Jager
    Sun, Apr 2, 2017, 3:06 PM

    Wow! This is by far the best moodle theme I've ever tested.

    I have one question. One of our favourite features is the clear display of assignment due-dates on the course page, however, we use group-overrides to set the assignment dates and these do not appear on the assignments in the same way.

    Does anyone have a suggestion as to how I would accomplish this?

    Thanks again for a brilliant theme!

  • Picture of Pat Sej
    Tue, Apr 4, 2017, 4:50 AM
    Hey there ! Great theme !

    I would need to export its configuration and import it on another Moodle.
    ** How can do export/import ? **

    Thanks in advance wink
  • Picture of Aurelien DARIE
    Wed, Apr 5, 2017, 5:00 PM
    Thank you for this great template. Although I have a little problem, teachers aren't allowed to edit content (move/edit/duplicate/etc..) which restriction is linked to this function ?
  • Picture of Georg Wiesinger
    Wed, Apr 5, 2017, 5:15 PM
    I tested the master branch version with Moodle 3.2.2+ and it's awesome! Can't wait for the official release for Moodle 3.2! smile

    The custom menu items are placed in the footer without dropdown for the submenus. Is there a way to move them back to the top navigation bar as it is in most default Moodle themes?

    Kind regards,
  • Picture of Marko Marko
    Sun, Apr 9, 2017, 10:42 AM
    Beautiful theme ! Congrats

    Why is there two different login forms? Is there a way to go to the moodle default login page when they click on Login. I have users who create new accounts and there's not this option on the theme login form.


  • Picture of Joseph Liaw
    Tue, Apr 11, 2017, 4:14 AM
    Just installed the Snap 3.1 update and wanted to provide some positive feedback--great work!!!! Normally students don't say much, but I had several students comment on how much they like the update! Vertical table of contents helps with large courses and keeps content front and center; love how the current section stays anchored and brings the focus to the current topic, and whatever "magic" you guys did to the code on the back end to load the current topic first and other speed tricks makes a HUGE difference (my large courses with over a 100 resources took over 10-12 seconds to load--with the new update in less than 3 seconds--THANK YOU!)...

    Agree with Marko that it would be nice to not have the separate login panel and instead go straight to the login page--this would help admins with users needing to create new accounts, using Google Single Sign On, etc.

    Thanks Snap team for the great work and generously sharing with the Moodle community!!!
  • Picture of Frankle Lee 李智高
    Wed, Apr 12, 2017, 6:22 PM
    Nice theme!
    A quick question, I tried this theme and found that if I upload a video file or add an url of a video file, it would automatically filted and turn it into a responsive video player in the course. This is very helpful, but I noticed that the video will not stop playing while I browse to other section of the course, it just keeps playing in the background. What's more, if I play more than one video, all of them will play on the background too! And one I browser to somewhere else within the course, it becomes very hard for me to find our which video is playing on the background, and I almost need to click one by one to find out the right video and stop it.
    Any advice on this ?
  • Picture of Paul Nijbakker
    Wed, Apr 12, 2017, 6:25 PM
    Hi Frankle,
    It may be a browser-related issue. Have you tried it in other browsers?
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