April 24 2018

Moodle Themes: Which is Best for Your LMS?

Written by Lambda Solutions

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creating moodle themes and brandingWe know that Moodle is a hugely powerful learning management system (LMS) that is used by a plethora of corporations, training program administrators, educators and students. We also know its primary function is to build and create online course eLearning sites for organizations and corporations around the globe — but one of the most profound ways it attracts some of the world’s greatest corporations and groups is through its adaptability and customizable theme choices.

Themes and templates allow Moodle sites to look and function incredibly well, requiring little development and/or troubleshooting time while remaining easy-to-use, aesthetically beautiful, and fully customizable. Moodle themes can be used to amplify the effectiveness, fun, and accessibility of your various Moodle sites, and with over 1,400 available for download, it can be hard to navigate which are the best.

In this post, we’ll look at some of the best Moodle themes for your LMS.

1. Essential

The #1 ranking theme by site usage has been tried, tested, and downloaded by thousands of Moodle user, in part, thanks to its clean and customizable layout. Moodle.org describes Essential as being designed to “look as little like Moodle as possible,” so it may even serve as a company homepage with unique aesthetic attributes that help to differentiate this theme from other Moodle pages. Further to its fresh face, Essential is fully compatible with Google web fonts, and its entire colour theme can be modified within its theme settings.

2. Moove

Updated for Moodle 3.4, Moove is a modern theme that makes online eLearning environments cleaner, simpler, and more intuitive for both students and teachers. Moove features an intuitive, colourful layout that allows users to maximize the space of their environment, minimizing both side columns to focus on main content. Also new for the update, users can directly login into the environment with no more redirects, but the primary focus of this revamped version is to improve navigation and responsive layout for small and mobile devices.

3. Lambda Liquid & Custom

Listed as one of the Best Moodle Themes of 2017 by Design Shack, the Lambda themes can be quickly and easily changed including logos, link colors and block background colors on both Moodle and Totara LMS platforms. Lambda Liquid expands on Lambda Basic by providing users and administrators the ability to create unique and homepages. Users can also update the point-and-click options to create rotating banners, special offers, alert messages, social media links, and partner spots without expensive custom development and/or troubleshooting. Lambda themes can be entirely customized to suit specific branding and aesthetic requirements, giving them a unique custom feel. All three versions are optimized for mobile devices and use responsive design to provide a positive user experience across different device sizes, including tablets and smartphones.

4. RemUI by Edwiser

The self-professed “world’s first User-centric theme for Moodle, RemUI couples both a stunningly clean user experience on the front end, and a hearty user interface for the back end that helps to set it above some other available Moodle themes. RemUI is aesthetically simple, as well as organizationally simple — opting for a minimalist course archive page to display only the necessary information needed.

The theme also features a single page course outline to provide every relatable course detail in one place for simplicity and transparency. The 3.3 update also makes a full-screen option standard, helping to reduce outside distractions to inspire focus. Finally, RemUI’s webpage notes “the default Moodle calendar is barely functional,” so they revamped their calendar feature to make it cleaner, more adaptable and functional, and chalked full of powerful and useful features.

Moodle’s vast array of functional, beautiful, and easy-to-navigate theme choices, coupled with an established track record of low maintenance and troubleshooting mishaps, have helped to make it one of the most powerful LMS platforms available on the market today. Depending on your use of LMS, these themes are all viable options for your specific needs as educators, trainers, and learners.

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