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
    Thu, Mar 9, 2017, 8:31 AM
    Hi Stuart:

    Thanks for the super helpful tips on optimizing page load times, especially as instructors take advantage of the great new feature set of the newer versions of Moodle and the updates to Snap!

    That's great news that Snap will work with the phenomenal OneTopic course format, then teachers can have a great looking theme that also loads FAST!!!

    However, I noticed a bug with Snap 3.0 and OneTopic with Moodle 3.0.7+ (Build: 20161202)--when I tried this new feature (before Snap was not compatible with OneTopic--it would display the Snap topics menu but the links wouldn't work since OneTopic took over with it's tabbed interface), everything looked like it might work until I scrolled down and saw this:

    Screen shot here:

    It looks like Snap is rendering everything correctly except the giant sized completion check marks!!! Is there an easy way to fix this? Or is this something being worked on for the latest Snap 3.1 and 3.2?

    Thanks again for all your work--Snap is truly an inspired theme that is totally unique and allows teachers to create visually pleasing and student-friendly courses, while being practical and fully functional!


  • Picture of Washington Forte
    Thu, Mar 9, 2017, 8:14 PM

    Thanks for sharing Snap, it's a great theme to work. But, I got a problem: when I create anchor links in a topic content, they don't work. I have a full vertical content and I'd like to do anchor links at the top of the page, but, when I click on links, the Snap goes back to the course's Introduction page. Could you help me to solve that?


  • Picture of Washington Forte
    Fri, Mar 10, 2017, 12:39 AM
    With your tips, I was able to make links to specfic modules in a topic. It's a good solution for pages with lots of vertical contents:

    I split each topic of my course into subtopics. For each subtopic I created a module with specific contents and activities.

    After, I created a list of links at the top of page to each subtopic using this code:
    < a href=#section-X&module-XXX >TEXT OF THE LINK< /a >
    X - the section's ID (Topic)
    XXX - the module's ID (Subtopic)

    That makes the vertical pages more friendly.

    Thank you so much for such a helpful support from the Moodlerooms team!
  • Picture of Chris Chapman
    Fri, Mar 10, 2017, 11:07 PM
    Hi Stuart, finally got the go ahead to trial and use Snap for our VLE (great theme, lets hope the core team go the same way!) JUst a quick question - course formats, are you looking to support more course formats? We've used Grid for the past few years... which may make it difficult to adopt the new theme. If not I may have to develop my own course format based on grid. I understand the mobile first ethos and reducing what is seen by the user, but it's going to be a very steep learning curve for our 600 teaching staff without it, we'l get there one day!
    Sat, Mar 11, 2017, 5:13 AM
    I installed moodle 3.1.4 in Spanish and later installed theme snap in but I still see words in English, for example "Deadlines", "Grading", "Messages", " You have no messages "," View my messages ", how do I make everything complete in Spanish?

    I appreciate your help, please
  • Picture of Chris Mat
    Sat, Mar 11, 2017, 5:28 AM
    Thanks for sharing such a great theme. Do you have any plans to update for Moodle 3.2?
  • Picture of g k
    Mon, Mar 13, 2017, 2:03 AM
    Hi, the theme looks great. Upon installing it, I discovered that none of the links created by the theme to pre-made activities work. Any ideas how to fix?
  • Picture of Stuart Lamour
    Mon, Mar 13, 2017, 5:18 PM
    Not sure i've ever replied to lots of comments in one comment, but will give it a go!

    1. @Chris Chapman - Gareth who maintains this format is very nice and i'm sure will be able to help you out.

    2. @Hernan - There was an issue with AMOS reported on github which has been fixed. I know moodlerooms have lang packs for most languages, so i'll request these are included in the open source version and added to the moodle db. As a short term solution

    3. @ Chirs Mat - we will roll out 3.2 in the summer (we update to every major version, but do so 6 months after its initial release).

    You can follow our work in the "master" branch on github for testing purposes before the official release. We're currently running 3.2 in our Continuous Integration system and starting to fix up any issues that uncovers. As we make changes they'll be pushed out to the master branch automatically as soon as they're complete. We pushed out 3.0 on June 15th 2016, so that gives you a rough timeline for the 3.2 release.

    4. @g k - i'm not familiar with pre-made activities and unsure what links any theme creates to them, apologies. Feel free to message me and we can take a look.

    Huge thanks to everyone for the kind words and helping us improve Snap.
  • 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.
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