Moodle Boost Campus – New Moodle theme for universities #moodlethemes

New child theme for boost! Created by a university for universities using Moodle

Moodle Themes are the best way to create a unique brand for your online learning portal. You can customize each and every aspect and style it to meet your specific requirements. However, designing your own theme needs a good amount of knowledge about the working of Moodle themes.

In Moodle 3.2, Moodle core team introduced a brand new Bootstrap 4 based theme – Boost which is also the default theme in new Moodle installations. Boost provides a lot of new options to customize the default Moodle appearance. However, the customization options are not completely covered by Boost theme from a university’s perspective.

Introducing Boost Campus theme

Ulm University, Germany – designed a child theme for Boost – “Boost Campus” to meet the needs of university campuses. The new theme Boost Campus adds several features and improvements. The best thing about the Boost Campus theme is that the theme is implemented with minimal code duplication in mind. It inherits / requires as much code as possible from theme_boost.

Features of Boost Campus Theme:

Here are some key features of Boost Campus theme:

  • Catch keyboard commands – Advanced users are likely to use keyboard shortcuts to navigate through the sites. The theme captures useful keyboard shortcuts like the End key and Ctrl + Arrow Down (CMD + Arrow Down for mac users).
  • Turn Editing On button – With this you can add the turn editing on button to the course header for faster accessibility.
  • Section 0: Title – Moodle does not display the title for the first section as long as the default title for this section is set. As soon as a user changes the title, it will appear. With this setting (option is checked), you can make a consistent behavior by always showing the title for first section.
  • Course Context menu – In boost, to go to the course administration menu, you need to click the gear icon and then click more… By enabling this setting, the settings will occur directly beneath the course header which is a very handy feature.
  • Dark navbar – By checking this setting you can invert the default light navbar to a dark one with white links.
  • Random Login page background images – You can add up to 10 files as a background image for the login page. The theme will pickup one of these images randomly and deliver it when the user visits the login page.
  • And many more…

These are just a glimpse of the features provided by the Boost Campus theme, for a complete list of new features check out the documentation page here.

The theme is available for Moodle 3.2 version initially. Grab your copy of this awesome theme from the Moodle plugins directory here.

I really like the thoughtful features provided in the Boost Campus theme. These features seem to be very useful for the institutions using the default Boost theme. Do you like the Boost Campus theme? Let us know in the comments section below.

Jaswinder Singh

Jaswinder Singh, passionate about using Moodle in improving the Indian Education System and reaching the students in far flung areas where still education seems to be a impossible prospect of life. He is the author of the popular Moodle Book “How to use Moodle 2.7”. In October 2016, Jaswinder was elected as the Moodle User’s Association Committee member – the first to make it from India.

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