It takes years of practice of user interface design to achieve the pinnacle: a theme that is inviting and fully-featured, yet clean and never dull, all at once. Thus it stands to reason that Gareth Barnard is the mind behind “Shoelace”, a deceptively simple theme for Moodle that epitomizes all Moodle can be and offer into one word: welcoming. From large buttons to vibrant, colorful panels, “Shoelace” will make your students feel invited to stay, explore, and learn.
After the launch of Moodle 3.2 and the “Boost” theme, Barnard felt the theme needed a reinvention. This drove him to provide the theme with a “Look and feel” panel, where the color of every element can be chosen using wide pickers. It also has an area where background images can be easily dropped in and some dimensions can be fine-tuned.
The results are as immediate as they are lively. With the right background, “Shoelace” can embody the teacher’s excitement about their subject in an interface for students to connect with.
The second highlight of this theme is the “Layout” page. A series of schemes for the organization of Moodle’s sections, pages, and blocks makes arranging and prioritizing content drop dead easy. Make activities on top, taking the full width of the screen, and leave menus and everything else at the bottom, if you wish, without having to look at a single line of code.
Install or download “Shoelace” from Moodle’s plugin directory. The latest version is a “3.3 beta” which might come with one or two things out of place. If your site has a previous version of Moodle, go to the “versions” tab to find the one compatible with your site.
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