Moodle is all geared up to set the e-learning world on fire, courtesy of its new and updated module – Moodle 3.3.
The e-learning platform has incorporated several changes suggested by the Moodle community as core features of the new update, making course creation and management easier and better than ever.
Some of the most popular features released with Moodle 3.3 include:
- Font Awesome Icons integration
- Linking of Microsoft Office and Google Suite accounts with the Moodle account
- Dynamic Dashboard with a Course Overview widget to keep track of all course activities
- Optional deadline settings for Teachers to grade papers
- Selective File Uploads enabled during Assignment Creation
- Bulk Activity Editing and Completion facilitated for teachers
- Easy addition of media within the Course Page with drag-and-drop builder
- Increased security for file access with OAuth2 authentication
- Installation of external plugins for assignment document type conversion supported
- Integration of course analytics via the Inspire plugin
The entire list of features is available in the Moodle 3.3 update documentation.
However, you may have to wait a while to start using these great features, as not all themes are compatible with Moodle 3.3 yet.
To give you a head start on the ones that are, we have compiled a list of the 5 best themes for Moodle 3.3 that have been tested for seamless integration with the version. Here goes:
Edwiser RemUI is built as a user-experience focused theme that provides a sleek interface at the front-end and the back-end. It incorporates dynamic sidebars that are collapsible and provide for a distraction-free learning mode. In addition, frequently-accessed pages can be set up with linked shortcuts.
The 3.3 version of Edwiser RemUI brings with it amazing features like the Dash-Slider, completely overhauled Single Course Page, Interactive Scroll on the Mini Sidebar and much more. The most powerful tool offered by the theme is the one-click course creator which allows for easy access to Moodle’s Course Creator.
Adaptable is one of Moodle’s featured themes, available in the Moodle plugin repository. The theme is completely customizable, with diverse layout and widget formats. It also comprises of an Announcements Notifier on the Dashboard and multiple Front-page formats to make each course look unique.
Adaptable is a free theme and can be downloaded from the Moodle theme archives.
The Essential theme is the Moodle community’s darling. The customizable and responsive theme attempts (and succeeds) in reducing the starkness of Moodle’s e-learning display, giving it a more generalized appeal. Clean and effortless, Essential caters to e-learning course creators and course-based company websites equally well.
Essential is also a free theme, downloadable from the Moodle theme repository.
In addition to being a popular theme for Moodle, Academi has the distinction of ease of use across a wide range of applications. The theme is responsive across all devices and features customizable menus, page widgets, slider images, and content. The adaptability of the theme on all the browsers gives it a significant advantage over its contemporaries.
Academi is another theme downloadable through the Moodle theme repository.
Herald is a premium theme created by Elearning Themes, built on Bootstrap. It is equipped with four customizable layouts and colour schemes and has distinct sections for featured courses, testimonials, other features, videos, social media, and promotional posts on the front page. Compatible with all browsers, the theme supports Google Analytics and responsive video integration.
This concludes the roundup of the 5 best themes packed with features, possessing the crowning glory of being Moodle 3.3-compatible. All these themes attest to great user reports and dependable support and documentation. That said, as Moodle is an open source platform, the level of customization offered by each is variable, depending on the specific requirements of your website.
Each theme has its own strengths and drawbacks. The premium themes like Edwiser RemUI focus on enhancing complete user experience; the USP of themes like Essential is their straightforward display.
Nevertheless, all the five provide substantial functionalities that help you leverage the best of Moodle 3.3. Which other themes would you suggest for version 3.3, Moodlers? Drop a comment to let us know!
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