New interface for Moodle 2017

Improved, but changes are minimal

Moodle 2017 is using the new ‘Boost’ interface. This is the latest interface from the Moodle developers.

Key points

  • The single ‘turn editing on’ button is replaced by a settings menu containing all the admin functions (including ‘turn editing on’).
  • Quick access to all participants on a course from the left menu.
  • Left menu can be minimised to give more screen space for the content.
  • Cleaner interface.


Feedback thus far has indicated many people find everything they need in the centre section of Moodle, as before. UELT have produced a 2-page guide detailing where the main items are now to be found.

What about older versions of Moodle?

Moodle 2016’s interface will not change while it is the live Moodle – which covers the summer of 2017. Once it is moved to the archive, at the beginning of September 2017, it will also have the Boost interface by default. If you would like to switch on the boost interface before September, you can do so by editing your profile. In Moodle, click on your name at the top right of the screen. From the menu that appears, choose profile.¬†Under ‘User details’, in the centre section, choose ‘edit profile’. Change the ‘preferred theme’ (just above the large ‘description’ box halfway down the page, to Kent Boost, then choose Update profile at the bottom of the screen.

Can I change back?

The current theme will be maintained for several months. You may change back to it from the Boost theme by clicking on your name at top right and choosing¬†Profile. Under User details, choose Edit profile, then on the next screen choose Kent as the theme and ‘update profile’ at the bottom of the screen.

Is there any documentation?

The university’s e-learning guides have all been updated to reflect the way Moodle 2017 works. See the e-learning site for a full list of documentation.

Useful links

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