We are all fans of the most famous open source learning managment system Moodle. But let’s face it, Moodle needs an facial uplift in terms of design. Moodle needs to cope with new developments in terms of website design. However, there are some Moodle themse out there that transforms how one sees and iinteracts with Moodle. Some have really done so well that you would never guess you are working on Moodle. One thing though before you view the list. Not all themes are free. Yup! you heard it, starting last year, we have a seen a rapid rise of premium Moodle themes (They won’t cost more then 50$, and they are worth your money.).
First designed by Julian Ridden, and now maintained by Gareth J Barnard, and built on Bootstrap, Essential Moodle theme is my favorite of all. It was the first outstanding Moodle theme that attempted to break from Moodle’s mundane site design. Essential gives your Moodle site a new dimension, especially on the front page, with its great slideshow and Commercial boxes, and Awesome Fonts, and highly cusomizable theme, and footer. Essential is one Moodle that should not be overlooked. Here’s an intro video on Essential.
Adaptable Moodle theme is actually the evolution of the BCU theme designed by the guys at Brigham City Univeristy. “Adaptable is a highly customisable responsive two column theme designed for use on both large University installations as well as small training companies”. It includes a jquery slideshow, 12 marketing blocks, “Dismissable Bootstrap Alets”, social icons, and it completely cusomizable. If you are considering a Moodle site for a university or a training company, you might as well consider adaptable. Here’s a video illustrating some features in Adaptable.
If simplicty and style is what you are looking for your Moodle site, then Eovle-D theme is what you need. With its minimalist design, it helps the learners and instructors to minimize distractions. “What makes this theme different is it’s new approach to the Moodle frontpage. Logged in users are presented with a custom homepage while logged out users get a beautiful login page with a fullscreen image background. You can even opt to use the built in login form or the standard Moodle login form. Each login form has unique styling and a beautiful fullscreen image background”. Here’s an Evovlve-D Promo Video.
If you are looking for fully responsive Moodle Themes, with the latest html5 and CSS3, then you might wan to check out Klass and EGuru themese, brought to you by Nephzat. They include front page cutomization, slideshows, configurable social media icons, Twitter Bootstrap accordions, Dropdonw, tab.
Roshni Moodle Theme is a 100% responsive, feature heavy beautiful Moodle theme. It is compatible with Moodle 2.7 – 3.0+. Roshni was designed to break free of the strict design restrictions imposed by the rigid framework of Moodle. It provides 11 customizable sections in the front page which the user may shuffle/customize through a backend setting panel, can add/update/delete content. The User can choose own theme color through color picker, can set own page layout, can place own logo from 3 types of logo options and can use any one header from 3 pre-set options. User can also set own content background color if needed. The user can add new custom pages through TinyMCE HTML Editor and menu items through the settings panel, which is otherwise not possible in a typical Moodle theme.
Other than the above mentioned features; it has 2 Sliders, Flexible Moodle Blocks, Unlimited Fonts, Unique Login Page, Support of Font Awesome, Integrated Google Maps and many more similar features. Check out a live preview of Roshni Theme.
Shiksha Moodle Theme is a 100% responsive, feature heavy and clean Moodle theme. It is compatible with Moodle 2.7 – 3.0+. Shiksha is designed to break free of the strict design restrictions imposed by the rigid framework of Moodle. It provides 16 customizable sections in the front page which the user may customize through a backend setting panel. Users can customize theme color, logo and pages through settings panel, which is otherwise not possible in a typical Moodle theme. Here’s a live preview of Shiksha.
BeSmart will appeal to all in academia and elearning providers with its Responsive Design, Font Awesome icons, Frontpage layered slideshow, Frontpage marketing spots, Client marketing spots, Unique grid based course listing , Custom styles for testimonials, Custom styles for pricing tables, and much more. With BeSmart, you forget that you are working on a Moodle site. Here’s a live preview of BeSmart.
TIKLI Moodle Theme is a 100% responsive, beautiful and feature heavy Moodle theme. TIKLI was designed to break free from the strict design restrictions imposed by the rigid framework of Moodle. The User can choose their own theme color set, set own page layout and customize the site logo from 3 available options. This theme has highly customized UI for every page element and also comes with an APP like look and feel for tablets and mobiles. The user can add menu items from the settings panel. It is compatible with Moodle 2.7 – 3.0+.
Other than the above mentioned features; it has 1 Layer Slider, Flexible Moodle Blocks, Unlimited Fonts, Unique Login page, Integrated Google Maps and many more exciting features. Here’s a live preview of TIKLI.
With Lambda you can easily create a modern eye-catching Moodle site for your learning environment. It offers various options and comes bundled with lots of easy to use features including tabs, slideshows, accordions. promotion boxes and scalable vector icons. Lambda is 100% repsonsive with a clean sharp design. This means that you you do not need ot worry about how yoru Moodle site will look like on tables and mobile phones. Lambda lets you create a slidshow and an image carousel that attracts your visiotrs. It lets you display inforation for you Moodle site with cusomizable effects. Lambda comes with full and boxed layout. Here’s a live preview of Lambda.
With all the above Moodle theme now available, and much more predicted to come, you will see a rise in new Moodle themes that are aligned with new web design. It proven that web design has an effect on attention, recognition, and engagment. Some web designs even follow the neurological aspect of the viewer to attract his attention. Will we see this leaking into Moodle theme design?