Gavin Henrick (@ghenrick) has a great white paper out about themes in Moodle 2.0.  He highlights and points out all of the things you should consider when thinking of upgrading from 1.9 or simply making the jump to the new Moodle platform.  As you may know, themes are a lot different in Moodle 2, providing dockable navigation and full flexibility for developers to make the sites look different from Moodle’s traditional sidebar-body-sidebar 3 column layout.

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A few highlights from the white paper which I highly recommend as quick lunch-time reading material:

  • Gavin breaks down each of the standard Moodle themes and some of the 3rd party contributions to let readers know which can be customized (and how) from the Administration panel;
  • There are some really great examples in the appendix of cool Moodle sites (including the usual suspects: Newbury, Leeds, iMoot, etc);
  • Good overview of theme settings and possibilities in Moodle 2 (how many columns,where they are, docks, etc.)

For more information or to grab a copy of the white paper go to

My personal favorite (and new to me) is this really great login screen at University of Canberra (which changes each time you visit).  It’s the little things that make a big difference aesthetically: Where’s your favorite Moodle 2.o theme?

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