Themes ::: theme_rebel
Maintained by Chris Kenniburg
Radically different, beautifully executed, and intelligently designed. Rebel is a unique and modern Boost-based theme that isn't afraid to be simple. Rebel's intuitive layout is a refreshing take on a modern LMS where the focus is on learning.
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Radically different, beautifully executed, and intelligently designed.  Rebel is a unique and modern Boost-based theme that isn't afraid to be simple.  A re-imagined, straightforward approach to navigation is focused on teacher and student needs.  A streamlined navigation makes most important links obvious and easily discoverable on the pages they are needed. Everything from the page layout, color choices, and features of Rebel is carefully implemented to benefit learning.  Rebel is an uncomplicated theme that helps students go from login to learning effortlessly! 

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  • Intuitive navigation that breaks free of hidden menus
  • All main navigational elements are front and center for the user in the header or sidebar
  • Clean, intuitive, and consistent layout
  • Course Dashboard modal popup management system for teachers
  • Course Dashboard modal popup class overview and course contacts for students 
  • Smart Edit is available anywhere on the course page and keeps you focused
  • Sidebar navigation never leaves your side
  • 8 Custom Icon Navigation bar on Dashboard including one Icon Button which toggles a sliding textbox which can be used for instructions or help sheets.
  • Course Section Style Chooser to further customize the look and feel within a course.
  • Custom page image
  • Custom login image
  • Color choosers for background colors
  • Choose from 99 Textured background overlays for header and footer styling
  • Custom login page with image and text features
  • Organizational branding in the footer and custom logo in the header
  • Super easy setup and install for site admins
  • Super easy interface for users
  • Super easy to customize




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  • Sat, Nov 21, 2020, 4:19 AM
    Peter G,
    Rebel 1.6 is the version that really makes a huge jump forward. It is available now.
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    Sun, Nov 22, 2020, 7:18 AM
    Rebel looks fantastic and we tried it with a small group of our students. The reponse is very positive key points being its fluidity and erase of access from Ux prospective. Love your work. Keep up the good work 👍
  • Sun, Nov 22, 2020, 8:01 AM
    Namgyal Yolmo,
    Thanks for the feedback. Future direction for this theme will be to further enhance the Student and Teacher Dashboards, continue to refine the styling, and probably user tiles for course category browsing. One feature I would like to have on the top of each course page is a search box just for that course so students can quickly find assignments and work.

    Our ultimate goal is to keep this theme simple so students and teachers can better use the platform in an intuitive way.
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    Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 3:06 PM
    Hi Chris,

    Looking forward for the new enhancements. And just to let you know

  • Wazza
    Thu, Dec 17, 2020, 4:56 PM
    Just found this threat. Does this mean Fordson is discontinued?
  • Thu, Dec 17, 2020, 10:25 PM
    Richard van Iwaarden,
    I wouldn't call Rebel a threat. Fordson has been updated to work with Moodle 3.10. We do think Rebel is much simpler and offers a much better user experience.
  • Sun, Jan 3, 2021, 10:42 AM
    Loving this theme!
    Just a few thoughts/feedback:
    1. Probably still needs to be a login/log-out button in top right header. Users are so well trained to that UX experience from facebook/twitter and other social.
    2. Would be good to have a settings option to control the size of the title & navigation headers to maximise content screen realestate.
    3. Would be great if the main region/content block could use up the full width, or more width. So that there is more screen realestate for content. At the moment the core navigation column on the left resizes to take up more room than it needs too.
  • Mon, Jan 4, 2021, 8:14 AM
    Hi. How can I change the background color of the main area (site body?) of the theme? I can't find anything in either the presets scss or in the settings. I thought it would be body-color, but it is the text color, it seems.
  • Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 4:03 AM
    Jesse H,
    1. Due to the breadcrumbs being at the top of the page it might create problems to put the user menu back up there. I feel you might be right about the user experience part due to people being trained to look there. My other thought was maybe put the logout item on the Dashboard links across the top of the page. That is where the other user menu items went. It would make sense to include the logout there too.
    2. Could be done with CSS.
    3. Might be more difficult since I am using a Bootstap column
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    Sat, Jan 9, 2021, 6:28 PM
    Hi Chris,

    Loving this theme. And just to let you know

  • Tue, Jan 19, 2021, 1:46 AM
    I'm using your theme but I can't enroll students in a course.
    Could you tell me how I do it, I don't see the option. Thank you
  • Tue, Feb 2, 2021, 8:45 PM
    Luis, When on a course page, click the Course Dashboard as a teacher in the course. You will see "participants" which will allow you to manually enroll students. You can also see the Enrollment Methods and setup other enrollment methods. We use Easy Enrollment plugin which is integrated with this and the Fordson theme. Grab that plugin here:
  • Wed, Feb 3, 2021, 12:49 PM
    Hi! I am currently running a 3.9 Moodle version, can I use it in my Moodle site or is it a paid theme? Thanks
  • Daniel
    Mon, Feb 8, 2021, 11:57 PM
    Thank you for your new Rebel format.
    Are you thinking of integrating a Jitsi video conferencing button like in your Fordson Theme which is my favorite graphic theme?
    Thank you in advance.
    Daniel Méthot
    Moodle particularly useful since the beginning
  • Thu, Mar 25, 2021, 10:51 PM
    Hi. Thank you so much for making this theme. I have 2 questions.
    - How can I shorten the height of the Headerlinks Navbar? On my site, it looks big with too much empty space above and below the buttons for profile, preferences, grades.
    - How did you make your courses show up as a card with the progress bar underneath?
    Thank you again. Appreciate your help and the work you're doing to create this theme for us!
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