The best free themes for your Moodle ™ based learning environment
Updated September 2021.
№ 9-11 ‘Boost Training’, ‘Boost Learning’ & ‘Boost Magnific’ (Material Moodle) by Eduardo Kraus
As it becomes clear time and time again, either of these themes gives you a modern and stylish experience, and the Brazilian Eduardo Kraus “Material Moodle” family is no exception. In fact, its three entries are a prime example of the parity of form and function apparent throughout this list. Pick the one that will best match your heart’s song and you will be good to go.
№ 8 Eguru by LMSACE
The self-proclaimed “Guru of Moodle” is a confident and versatile take on visual identity. Made in Tamilnadu, it is designed with internationalization in mind. A longtime favorite that is easy to install in schools and small organizations.
№ 7 Academy by LMSACE
Together, the LMSACE theme family dominates the charts of favorite Moodle themes. It makes perfect sense. Not only are these clean themes with a high impact identity, the team is doing their best to make them literally up to code. Not to mention how easy their customer support is to maintain (for paying customers.)
№ 6 Adaptable by Jez H, Manoj Solanki and Fernando Acedo
There is very little to add to a theme that more than does its name justice, and it has proven to be more reliable than any other. It is the only theme that has surpassed the 40,000 annual downloads mark. And the 50 thousand. And the 60,000, and may soon exceed the mark of 70,000 downloads.
№ 5 Trema by Rodrigo Furtado and Rodrigo Mady
There is no better representation of the efforts of the Moodle Brasil community to take the LMS to the next level than with the various themes on this list. And there is no better representation of the avant-garde approach to Brazilian design than with this theme and its jaw-dropping background, which is actually powered by the moving particle simulator. js.
№ 4 Foundation by Gareth Barnard
Much like the immense sci-fi opus of Isaac Asimov that the name of this theme honors, this theme aims to define a long development path based on cutting-edge technology, bordering on magical technology. Namely, Bootstrap 4. If you decide to embark on a mission to travel for years from Earth to colonize a new planet, to settle into a whole new life that adheres to beloved traditions, this is the theme for you.
№ 3 Fordson by Chris Kenniburg and Dearborn School District
A theme theme by Moodler’s Moodler is a great team not only on the surface, but the creative force that fuels it. Flexible (over 160 layout combinations) without feeling overwhelmed, daring to change expectations for the better (with the “reinvented” course management board and block display board). Another great attribute of this theme is Kenniburg itself, as you can easily join it through the social graph. For best results, pair it with Kenniburg’s Easy registration plugin.
№ 2 Boost Campus by Kathrin Osswald and Alex Bias, University of Ulm
By playing on its niche, this theme is able to meet the needs and expectations of the unfulfillable German university. So this is the closest thing to what a Moodle theme would look like if written in LaTeX. No-frills templates, presets, and ‘grab the keyboard’ controls make Campus Boost one less thing to fear.
№ 1 Moove by William Mano Araujo, Conecti.me
Simple, modern and focused. The formula that has worked well for a theme that continues to woo fans around the world. It’s also a lesson in Open Source entrepreneurship, as it is perhaps the only successful example of sustainable donationware in Moodle. It strives to take advantage of the latest features in Moodle while maintaining visual consistency and adding a few dashboard elements.
Moove and Mano deserve further recognition for a conscientious work in the accessibility of the theme. Not only was the theme influenced by experiences working with blind people, but the accessibility team at the Federal University of São Paulo considered it the most accessible Moodle theme of the set. Among other themes, it provides the OpenDyslexic font from scratch.