Themes: Fordson

Maintained by Picture of Chris Kenniburg Chris Kenniburg
Fordson 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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Moodle 3.5 and Fordson New Features

  • New layout and style choosers allow you to mix and match elements of the page to create over 100 unique style/page combinations.  Choose a Page Layout, Section Style, Course Listing Style, Blocks Location, and a Style Preset. 
  • 5 Page Layouts
  • 8 Section Styles
  • 9 Course Listing Layouts (4 tiled and 4 full-width horizontal plus default Boost)
  • 2 Options for Blocks
  • 3 Style Presets
  • Blocks can be shown 2 ways: Boost default sidebar or new Fordson 3 column.  The Fordson 3 column layout is designed as a block panel which can be shown or hidden with the click of a button in the upper right of the course title area.

Beautiful Design, Organization Branding, & Marketing

Fordson extends the core Boost theme to provide (currently) 9 unique style presets, customized color choosers, enhanced user interactions, improved navigation, and branding opportunities within the theme.  Style presets allow you to change the layout and look of your site by simply choosing a new preset. Depending on your needs, Fordson delivers a variety of style presets from bland to grand! Once you choose the right preset you can continue to customize your site with color choosers, logos, social media links, and other organization branding features.  We realize in addition to learning there also needs to be a method to communicate and market, so we also provide areas within the layout that accomplish this in a way that minimizes distractions.

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 and 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. 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

Support Materials

Course Management Panel

A re-imagined course management panel

Everything a teacher needs to manage their online classroom is only a click away from anywhere within their course.

Student course dashboard

Keep students informed with progress reports and a course dashboard

Unique to Fordson is a student dashboard which displays important course information such as grades, completion progress, and teacher contact details. Let students see individual topic completion status so they know which course topics they still have work to do. 

Activity chooser customization

Feature the most effective activity modules first

Make sure teachers see and use the modules your organization feels are most important. Customize the activity and resource modules with the ability to feature modules, hide modules and even control the ordering of the modules.

Top Navbar 

One place to look for all major navigation and functionality - Top Navigation Bar

Fordson took many of the navigational elements found throughout the default layout and moved everything into the very top navigation bar so that a user has one place to look for buttons and tools within a course. 

Enroll students directly from the homepage

No more getting lost trying to search and find a course. Our Easy Enrollment plugin is deeply integrated with the Fordson theme and makes enrollment a super simple process. The enrollment plugin assigns a 6 digit code to every course and group in your entire site. Pass out the codes to students and they can instantly enroll directly from the site homepage.  Don’t worry. If you do not want to use this enrollment plugin you do not need to do so. Fordson only displays the enrollment form if it detects that the plugin is activated on your site.

Block collapse panel

New Way to Show Blocks with a 3 column panel

Fordson allows you to choose between the default Boost sidebar or our new innovative block panel which is displayed with the click of a button or out of the way when students are learning.

Custom Course Category Display

We made it possible to switch how courses in your site are displayed when viewing the course categories.  Pick from 4 different layouts to further customize the look and feel of your Moodle site using Fordson.   

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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  • Picture of Jesús Acedo
    Mon, 11 Jun 2018, 11:30 AM
    Hello everybody, I hope you are very well... good evening...

    I have a problem, in moodle 3.5 fordson theme. I need help in: 1.- to remove homepage alertbox... 2.- to edit the register text...

    Thanks in advanced.

    Best regards.

    Jesús Acedo.
  • Picture of Jesús Acedo
    Mon, 11 Jun 2018, 11:50 AM
    how can I to add a phone information into register form?
  • Picture of Bas Harkink
    Mon, 11 Jun 2018, 4:12 PM
    Thanks for the reaction Chris. I shall look forward to that release!
  • Picture of Bas Harkink
    Mon, 11 Jun 2018, 4:18 PM

    You could try the following CSS to hide the sitename in a Quiz:

    #page-mod-quiz-view {
    display: none!important;
  • Picture of Bas Harkink
    Mon, 11 Jun 2018, 4:28 PM

    I just updated the theme and seen the new setting for the courseblocks. Many thanks for adding the option to revert to the standard Boost 3 column view!

    Also, I added the following custom CSS to align the blocks on the right side in with the top of div#page-content

    .path-course aside#block-region-side-pre {
    margin-top: 0px;

    If it was not clear already, this theme is amazing! smile
  • Picture of Alexandro Fonsêca
    Mon, 11 Jun 2018, 7:03 PM
    I am have find erro "Exceção - Call to undefined function threesixo_supports()", somebody have solution for the problem in version moodle 3.5
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Mon, 11 Jun 2018, 7:40 PM
    @Bas Thanks for the kind words! We love Moodle and the community which is why we don't mind sharing our work here. Finally with Moodle 3.5 I feel like the vision I had for Fordson is becoming reality. From the previous versions this is a much nicer layout and design.

    @Alexandro Sorry, that function is related to some other plugin and not Fordson.
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Mon, 11 Jun 2018, 7:43 PM
    @Jesus Alertbox-> just delete the text and it disappears.

    While I don't mind looking here for quick support questions it is best to post in the forums or on my github where more detailed discussions can occur.
  • Picture of Dennie Walker
    Mon, 11 Jun 2018, 9:27 PM
    @Bas Harkink Thanks for the response.
    #page-mod-quiz-view {
    display: none!important;
    Doesn't seem to be working.
  • Picture of Brandon Jimenez
    Tue, 12 Jun 2018, 12:26 AM
    Hello Chris:

    First of all, awesome theme!
    Quick question: I'm working on a 3.5 install of both Moodle and your theme and it seems like you used to have the ability of customising the elements of the nav drawer from the settings, which i cannot longer locate. Did you remove that feature? Are you working on a replacement? thanks for the info
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Tue, 12 Jun 2018, 1:30 AM
    @Brandon Jimenez
    Thanks! In Moodle 3.5 we removed the customizations to the nav drawer. There is a plugin that handles this: Fordson used this and expanded it but in order to maintain future versions we decided to drop that from the offerings within the theme. In the future we plan on providing additional elements or the ability to display certain things within the nav drawer such as the user menu links but we haven't done that yet. We are currently in active development of a chromebook app and special quiz module that will essentially lockdown a chromebook for a testing environment.
  • Picture of Kassie Phillips
    Thu, 14 Jun 2018, 8:33 AM
    Hi, I'm trying to choose a Theme for our Moodle site, I'm wondering if its possible to do the following with the Fordson Theme?
    - Is it possible to just display enrolled courses to students?
    - Is it easy to change the colour theme without having to do a lot of customising CSS
    - Can I add an image to the login screen background?
    Thank you smile
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Thu, 14 Jun 2018, 9:07 AM
    Kassie, yes. It is all possible with Fordson.
  • Picture of Kassie Phillips
    Thu, 14 Jun 2018, 10:21 AM
    Yaay! This makes me very happy, lol. Thank you for your quick reply! smile
  • Picture of Bas Harkink
    Thu, 14 Jun 2018, 3:46 PM
    @Dennie. That's weird, That is the exact CSS I use in other Fordson implementations and does the trick just fine.... The only thing I can think of is that we are using different Fordson versions or maybe you are putting the CSS in the code in the "Raw initial SCSS" (top of the page) box instead of the "Raw SCSS" (bottom of the page)?
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