Just out of the “hands-on” MoodleMoot Dearborn, the team behind open source development at this Michigan school district has released updates to the “Fordson” theme. Catering to the K-12 segment and developed in close proximity to real K-12 teachers, Fordson has grown in popularity, despite its relative youth. Fordson was released just a little over six months ago as a branch of Moodle’s default “Boost” theme from version 3.2 on.
The main highlight of Fordson 18.104.22.168 is the expanded options for the course gallery. The original grid already offered a visual layout, but this update features larger images with text on top, with a translucent or white background behind. Not to toot his own horn, Dearborn’s Chris Kenniburg details the adjustments he made to the Moodle renderer, emphasizing that “it is something that requires a lot of work and know-how.”
The Fordson theme has gathered a lot of praise for its unique set of features, designed by Kenniburg and company for a “straightforward” Moodle experience to enhance anybody’s Moodle experience, not just those in the K-12 space:
- A course management panel that offers quick access to configuration pages
- Customizable “Nav Drawer” (the collapsible left-side menu)
- Course dropdown
- Easy Enrollment plugin built-in, enrolling and taking students to a course home page in one step
- Color presets, background images, and social media icon footer
Fordson is available for Moodle 3.2 and 3.3 at the “Fordson” Theme install and download page.
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