Dear Faculty and Moodle designers,
Please remember to check your Moodle course design and to make sure you’re not using the “Express Theme” as the EdTech course default.
Please review the options, below this message, available for your Moodle course. Direct all Moodle support issues and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
History of Express
Express was originally developed in 2007 in Moodle 1.9 and mirrored web design at the time. Over the years Express had new templates added to it to help update the user experience and design. In 2014 a decision was made to not enhance Express into a design that was responsive and changed on mobile devices. We made this decision because it would have taken several releases and would have required a complete redesign of all Express templates, which would have impacted all clients. Instead, we decided to develop Snap and work with clients to migrate to a new user experience.
Client Options Moving Forward
With the End of Life of Express, clients have several choices their theme, all of which support responsive design and display well on a mobile device. The theme options are:
1. Boost – Developed by Moodle HQ and included in Moodlerooms 3.2 Boost is the new user experience that Moodle is recommending to the Moodle community. Boosts displays courses like Express. Boost’s course display has a new course administration gear in the upper right of a course, which is different from Express. Navigation in Boost has also changed with a new menu button and the removal of the navigation block. We recommend that you review the Boost theme documentation and standard theme documentation from Moodle. There are also some videos on Boost from a and a .
2. Snap – Developed by Blackboard as a replacement for Express Snap is a modern user experience based on modern web design principles and is mobile first. Snap has several new features added that allows administrators to display course pages in a fashion that is like Express. We recommend clients review Snap’s documentation and the new features we have added to Snap with each Moodlerooms release.
3. Clean – This theme was first released in Moodle 2.5 in 2013 as the base theme that Moodle HQ used to test Moodle. It was one of Moodle’s first responsive themes included in the product. The course user experience is very similar to express. Blackboard expects that Moodle will remove this theme in a future version of Moodle. Blackboard will support this theme until July 2019 or until Moodle removes the theme, whichever is greater. Review the standard theme documentation for more on the clean theme.
4. More – The more theme was released in 2014 as part of Moodle 2.7. This theme is a more customizable version of Clean. Blackboard expects that Moodle will remove this theme in a future version of Moodle. Blackboard will support this theme until July 2019 or until Moodle removes the theme, whichever is greater. We recommend reviewing the more theme documentation from Moodle.
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We recommend that you begin testing each theme on your sandbox site with some backups of courses from your production site to determine which option you would like to use in July 2018. Express will be removed from your Sandbox site on June, 5th 2018.