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The Book resource doesn't have much to do with real books, but displays collections of web pages in a sequential, easy-to-navigate and printable format. They are especially useful when you have a lot of web content but don't want it to clutter the front page of your course. Pages can contain links, images, embedded YouTube videos, etc., as they are constructed with the Moodle Text Editor. Books feature a Table of Contents on the left hand side, indexing any number of web pages (known as chapters) and sub-pages (sub-chapters). Students can use the Table of Contents to jump to a page or click sequentially using the arrow buttons.
If you want to test students' understanding of the content use a Lesson instead, where you can ask a question at the bottom of each page.
It is good to use Book with content that is subject to change, such as a module handbook. In a nutshell, the advantages are that:
However, if typography and layout are more important than currency, version control, or media, you may prefer to stick with PDF file uploads.
Course admins and tutors can create books, and all enrolled users on a course can view them.
You should consider categories 1 and 5 of the e-Learning Baseline:
The UCL E-Learning Baseline suggests the following for Structure:
Add a Book quick guide
Further guidance on Book settings can be found on Moodle docs.
If you find any inaccurate or missing information you can even update this yourself (it's a communal wiki).
If you have a specific question about the tool please contact the Digital Education team.
Q. I've set my book up and want to make changes, but I don't see the usual edit icons?
A. If you don't see the edit icons when you are trying to edit the book, use the Settings menu and under Book administration click Turn editing on.
Q. Can I import content directly into a Book?
A. You can import web (HTML) files directly into your Book. To do this:
Choose the zipped folder of a single or multiple HTML files that you want to import and whether each HTML file or folder represents a single chapter. Click Import
Chapters and sub-chapters can be navigated by clicking on the chapter name in the Table of contents. Students can also move through the Book using the arrows located to the top-left and bottom-left of the content. Users can also print out the whole book or individual chapters using the icons at the top left of the content.