Introducing the Fordson Theme for Moodle
Clean, Simple, Efficient
Fordson sports a minimal design, clean interface, and a simple layout that focuses students on learning and not the theme.
Take control of how your users navigate Moodle by utilizing Fordson’s unique and targeted navigational enhancements.
Everything implemented into Fordson is designed for one purpose: To get students from the homepage to a course as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Fordson and Easy Enrollment work in harmony to utlize 6 digit codes to enroll students quickly right from the homepage.
What is the “Big Picture”
Whenever choosing a new tool it is nice to know what the intended purpose of the tool is. You wouldn’t use a saw to tighten a screw, so it might be important to know what the purpose is from the developers of Fordson theme before choosing to use this plugin. We are a K-12 school district tasked with educating over 19,000 students in Dearborn, Michigan. The tool we use to educate these students must compliment a diverse student body with varying ages, language proficiency, and skill sets.
Our “big picture” for Fordson is that once a user authenticates they are directed to learning materials and courses in the most efficeint way possible. Once in a course the student will have clearly laid out access to learning materials and likewise, teachers will have clear access to course management tools. The homepage of Fordson is designed to do just that! It serves as a traffic cop to direct users to the learning materials with laser-like focus to minimize distractions.
In K-12 we have unique circumstances where much of the enrollment process cannot be automated. Many teachers use the same course for multiple classes/hours. Some teachers team teach. That is why along with Fordson we developed a new way for teachers to quickly enroll students. We built the Easy Enrollment plugin which utilizes 6 digit codes as well as a QR Code reader(If desired) to streamline the process of getting students from the homepage of Moodle to your course. The Easy Enrollment plugin generates an unique 6 digit enrollment code for every course and group within your Moodle site. The Fordson theme will recognize when the enrollment plugin is activated and Fordson will automatically display a form on the homepage to enter enrollment codes and it will also display a special link for teachers on their course page to see and manage all the enrollment codes.
Fordson is designed to streamline the process of getting students engaged with learning quickly and as effiecently as possible. It also implements many unique features that makes managing a course easier for teachers.
Quite possibly one of the best themes for K-12 education with a clear mission and focus on getting students from the homepage to learning in seconds. Get students learning and teachers building amazing courses with Fordson!
Get Easy Enrollment
Working in harmony with Fordson the Easy Enrollment plugin makes enrolling students super easy! Teachers can pass out enrollment codes for their course and/or groups within the course and students can use those to enroll right from the homepage of Fordson. It doesn’t get much easier!
Currently Easy Enrollment is awaiting approval for the Moodle.org plugin repository. Until it gets approved it is best to use this link and download from Github: https://github.com/dbnschools/moodle-enrol_easy
Fordson’s homepage is designed to get students enrolled and learning quickly. Check out this overview of the Icon Navigation Bar on the homepage.
Easy Enrollment Integration
Getting students from the homepage to enrolled in a course is super simple with Fordson and Easy Enrollment.
Use a simple slideshow to highlight courses and more!
Fordson provides an amazing user experience out of the box. For those who want to customize things, a powerful administration page awaits you!
Fordson integrates many navigation enhancements:
- Homepage Icon Navigation Bar
- Course Management Panel for Teachers
- Customizable Boost Nav Drawer
- My Courses dropdown for Students
- This Course activity organizer
Clean and Simple Design
A minimal design with enahncements focused on learning.
- Clean, single area of focus on course pages
- Built upon Boost and ready for all screen sizes
- Out of the box a refined and stylish appearance with little configuration required
- One theme, two presets for customization