Designing Moodle Themes
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Designing Moodle Themes

Effortlessly design attractive and functional themes for your Moodle course
2.9 (10 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
76 students enrolled
Created by Packt Publishing
Last updated 7/2015
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
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  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Design your own one-of-a-kind Moodle skin and build sizzle into the user experience
  • Develop Moodle courses that flow across all devices
  • Create a striking skin without having to program anything
  • Engrave your Moodle courses with customized branding through elements such as Logos and Badges
  • Work with a Moodle administrator and gain access to the most optimum themes
  • Modify Themes by customizing code using Cascading Style Sheets
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  • Just do your basic homework in HTML and CSS, and you are good to go.

Themes in Moodle are plugins that help you to create a different look and feel for your Moodle courses. These themes act as custom “skins" which help you to make your courses stand out from the rest. With your personalized themes, you will enjoy functionality and elevated performance along with a very unique design for your own “brand" of courses.

This tutorial offers you a step-by-step guide to building your own customized themes on top of the existing Moodle plugins.

This comprehensive video tutorial will introduce you to the process of selecting the Moodle themes that best suit your requirements and then further customizing them to your design needs. You will learn to identify the elements that will make your Moodle course better, followed by ways to achieve superior functionality.

You will learn how themes can help you build an exclusive look for your courses and create a positive user experience for your viewers. You will go through a quick tour of pre-installed themes in Moodle, and then learn how to customize the appearance of elements of any theme that you select. If you are working with a Moodle administrator, you'll learn how to download and install new themes, and to modify their appearance quickly and easily using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). A quick drive through this course and you will be on the road to developing a strong brand identity for all your Moodle courses and programs.

About the Author

Susan Smith Nash, who has been involved in the design, development, and administration of e-Learning programs and courses since earning her Ph.D. in the late 1990s, has developed and administered online courses on many platforms, using many different learning management systems. She is responsible for developing degree and certificate programs delivered in online and hybrid formats and has worked on implementing e-Learning in universities, corporations, and associations.

The author of the award-winning e-Learning blog E-Learning Queen and several books on e-Learning, Susan Smith Nash has focused on developing courses that optimize user experience and enhance performance, outcomes, and course persistence/completion.

Her portfolio of publications includes peer-reviewed articles and books, including the following:

  • The video Moodle for Training and Professional Development, Packt Publishing, 2013
  • Who is the target audience?
    • If you develop e-learning tutorials in Moodle and wish to create a course which is embossed with your brand, this video tutorial is just right for you. It will provide you with the means to develop a Moodle theme that has the advanced functionalities to make your course unique.
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    Curriculum For This Course
    47 Lectures
    Getting Started with Moodle and Moodle Themes
    5 Lectures 13:11

    Make sure that users are aware of the latest version and where to go for help.

    An Overview of Moodle

    Update knowledge on icons in Moodle that have changed significantly since Version 1.9 (which is still in use).

    Icons in Moodle

    Create a course, determine its structure, and then select the correct elements for the course in order to achieve learning objectives.

    Creating a Course and Adding Course Components

    Cut down on boring, cookie-cutter courses, and develop brand image using themes.

    What is a Moodle Theme?

    Avoid bland or unengaging design for your course and help differentiate them from others, improve the functionality and enhance learner success, and create business opportunities via themes.

    How Themes Help You
    Preinstalled Themes
    8 Lectures 30:15
    Identify theme families and locate themes, both core and contributed.
    Finding the Location of Themes in Moodle

    Make global changes to all courses.
    Preview 02:51

    Change a theme quickly and easily.

    The Theme Selector

    Select a theme that works well with courses and focuses on quizzes and assessments.
    Themes for Assessment-based Courses

    Find themes that work with prompt-based and calendar-based discussion and collaborative activities.

    Preview 03:33

    A clear and intuitive organization of instructional material.
    Themes for Multimedia and Instruction-heavy Courses

    Find a theme that looks updated and not like a Moodle theme

    Themes with Social Media-intensive Courses

    Find themes that work with tablets and smartphones.

    Designing for Moodle Mobile
    Customizing the Appearance of Activities
    6 Lectures 21:44

    Avoid confusion with calendar events.

    Customizing a Calendar

    Avoid getting confused between discussion threads and lost posts.

    Customizing Forums

    Avoid placing materials in confusing, hard-to-access, hard-to-remember locations.

    Preview 02:31

    Avoid the confusing, cookie-cutter Quiz appearance.

    Customizing Assessments: A Quiz

    Avoid restrictive, boring assignments; allow the learner to add more items.

    Preview 05:20

    Avoid having to use the Forum function for collaboration and enable document sharing.
    Modifying the Workshop for Collaborations
    Customizing the Appearance of Resources
    6 Lectures 15:41

    Make it easy to find URLs to resources and to organize.

    Adding URLs: Changing Links

    Avoid look-alike icons that do not differentiate content/resources and give each content item its own unique icon.

    Creating Icons for Clickable Links

    Avoid unengaging, hard-to-navigate forest of links.

    Customizing the Appearance of a Link

    Create an easy way for users to identify MP3 files and avoid having to launch a plugin such as Real Player.
    Preview 03:01

    Avoid embedded videos that are too large or small. Include captions.

    Embedding Videos: Changing the Appearance

    Eliminate confusion about map locations by incorporating a graphic that automatically updates and provides images.

    Incorporating Google Maps/GPS Information
    Using Cascading Style Sheets for Modifying Built-in Themes
    5 Lectures 20:01
    Globally change the appearance of a site without having to modify the HTML or PHP.
    Cascading Style Sheets

    Modify the core, forms, header, footer, and course, by modifying the CSS definition.

    Preview 03:55

    Avoid having to modify the HTML code for every occurrence of a color.

    Colors in CSS

    Avoid having to modify the HTML code for every occurrence of a font in the page elements.
    Fonts in CSS

    Save time by using a WYSIWYG editor that makes creating/editing CSS intuitive.

    The CSS Theme Tool Block
    Downloading Themes
    5 Lectures 22:46
    How to avoid problems with selecting or downloading themes.
    Advantages of Using Core and Contributed Themes

    Make sure that you understand how to navigate in Moodle Docs.
    Moodle Docs: A Great Source

    Make choices that will not backfire or cause unexpected problems.

    Reviewing Themes

    Download contributed themes/avoid problems.

    Preview 04:42

    Avoid problems that might occur in selecting themes that flow.
    Selecting Responsive Themes for Multiple Devices
    Developing Our Own Themes
    5 Lectures 20:05

    Avoid templates that limit you and do not offer the flexibility you need.

    The Rapidly Changing World of Online Learning

    Avoid themes that do not easily link instructional material with knowledge-assessing quiz.

    Preview 03:54

    Avoid themes that do not flow with all devices or that do not allow one to easily take quizzes on their mobile devices.

    Mobile On-the-Job Competency Demonstration

    Select a base theme that expands easily to incorporate the embedded HTML code and social media.

    Collaborative Social Media Use

    Use themes that are responsive and allow easy incorporation of social media, along with certificates/badges.

    MOOC (Massive Online Open Course): Update Designs
    Customizing Outcomes
    7 Lectures 25:00

    Cut down on lag time and create an automated process that has a customized appearance.

    Customizable Outcomes/Assessments

    Eliminate delays and a middleman by automating the process.
    Certificates: Generating upon Completion of Assessments

    Avoid generic appearance. Create and reinforce the unique brand strategy and achieve product differentiation.

    Changing the Appearance of Certificates: Title and Fonts

    Eliminate bland certificates. Incorporate watermarks, seals, and graphics to create a unique product.

    Changing the Appearance of Certificates: Graphics

    Avoid losing clients to the lowest bidder; encourage them to stay loyal to you and your courses.

    Badges and their uses

    Avoid user boredom and burnout; maintain motivation to continue to learn and earn.

    Designing Badges

    Create a badge that learners will want to display on their websites and blogs and insert in their e-mail signature blocks.

    Creating/Sizing Badges
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