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Themes: Overlay

Maintained by It's only an avatar... Mary Evans
This theme was part of the Moodle core distribution, but for Moodle 2.7+ has been moved to Moodle Plugins
Moodle 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.0, 3.1

Overlay is a nontraditional, three-column, fluid-width theme for Moodle. It's nontraditional in the sense that it uses a fresh three-column layout that displays the content to the left of both block columns.


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  • Logo Breathing Spain
    Mon, May 25, 2015, 5:51 PM
    thanks for this nice theme. I'm trying to change the header and links colour, as well as the header font size, but I don't achieve it. I'm updating the Administration/themes/overlay options but it doesn't work, neither rewriting the settings.php file ("$default" variable) .

    So, I'd thank you sincerely if you could help me. Btw, can I add a logo too?

    Kind regards.
  • Picture of Ericka Ericson
    Fri, Jun 10, 2016, 2:10 AM
    Hi Mary,

    Our campus has recently upgraded to version 3.0 of Moodle and with the Overlay theme we are having trouble with the course format Onetopic and Overlay. The tabs at the top of the course page when using Onetopic are messy when using Overlay. I was just wondering if this was something that could be looked into?

    Thank you,
  • Picture of Ericka Ericson
    Thu, Aug 4, 2016, 11:06 PM
    Hi again,

    Another bug we have discovered is that the Overlay theme in Moodle v 3.0 does not react as expected with Turnitin Version 2 assignments. They do not show up in the gradebook at all. We are fairly convinced it is a theme issue, as when we change the theme to "clean" the assignments show up in the gradebook. Any insight as to why this is happening or if there is a fix? Many thanks in advance!

  • It's only an avatar...
    Fri, Aug 5, 2016, 2:15 AM
    Hi Ericka, sorry I missed your June comment, and have just read the email notification about this last one.
    I'm in the process of updating my test server so cannot comment too much about Overlay in Moodle 3.0 until I set that up so I can test it. I'll be back ASAP. Cheers Mary
  • Picture of Ericka Ericson
    Wed, Aug 10, 2016, 1:42 AM
    Thank you Mary! We were able to resolve the issue with the OneTopic course format, and now are just looking for a resolution to the issue with Turnitin.
  • Picture of Ericka Ericson
    Thu, Aug 18, 2016, 9:59 PM
    Hi Mary! I sure am contacting you a lot lately. We just really like Overlay! We have had this issue since our upgrade from 2.6 to 2.8, and it is still present in 2.8 to 3.0. When using Overlay, in the gradebook the column with student names does not freeze, so when you have many grade items you are trying to grade, the student names disappear and faculty are unable to see what column for grading corresponds with what student. Is there a setting we could be missing?

    Thank you for all of the help, Mary!
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