2 Big Picture

What is the “Big Picture”

Fordson is purposefully designed to go from login to learning as quickly as possible.

The way we approach implementation of Moodle is focused on how to go from login to learning as quickly as possible… with the least amount of distractions as possible.  That is why we designed the Fordson theme and Easy Enrollment Plugin to work together to handle this process.

Our goal and intent is a distraction-free and well-thought out plan for how a user will navigate and discover the learning material/courses.  Each and every item on the homepage that doesn’t take the student to their intended goal of the teacher’s course is a distraction. Students and teachers can quickly become overwhelmed by all the items they could click on to achieve their goal. That’s why the Fordson theme and Easy Enrollment exists. We work to minimize distractions and things unneccessary for learning.

Once in a course the student will have clearly laid out access to learning materials and likewise, teachers will have clear access to course management tools.

Along with Fordson, we developed a new way for teachers to quickly enroll students right from the homepage.  We built the Easy Enrollment plugin which utilizes 6 digit codes as well as a QR Code reader(If desired) to streamline the process of getting students from the homepage of Moodle to your course.  Think Google Classroom in that the student enters the code and is instantly enrolled in a course.  The Easy Enrollment plugin generates an unique 6 digit enrollment code for every course and group within your Moodle site.  The Fordson theme display a form on the homepage to enter enrollment codes and it will also display a special link for teachers on their course page to see and manage all the enrollment codes. If you don’t use the Easy Enrollment plugin the form will not display.

Fordson is designed to streamline the process of getting students engaged with learning quickly and as effiecently as possible.  It also implements many unique features that makes managing a course easier for teachers.

The Fordson theme is designed and built in Dearborn, Michigan.  Home of the first million dollar high school to ever be built in the United States.  We are a K-12 school district tasked with educating over 20,000 students.  The tool we use to educate these students must compliment a diverse student body with varying ages, language proficiency, and skill sets. With Fordson and Easy Enrollment we can go from login to learning in seconds with ease!


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