The Book resource is a series of connected Pages, it displays collections of mini web pages in a sequential, easy-to-navigate and printable format. They are especially useful when you have a lot of 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.
When you select a Book, you'll see its Table of Contents on the right-hand side, displaying any number of 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 the Book resource with content that is subject to change, such as a module handbook. In a nutshell, the advantages are:
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 UCL Connected Learning Baseline:
Add a Book quick guide
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 up my book and want to make changes, but I don't see the usual edit icons?
A. To find a Book's settings, select the Book and click 'Settings', (or while on the course's homepage, turn edit mode on and towards the right of a 'Book', click the 3 dots (ellipses) and select 'Edit Settings'.)
Q. Can I import content directly into a Book?
A. You can import web (HTML) files directly into your Book. To do this, select a book you've already created:
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 'Next' and 'Previous' navigation buttons. Users can also print out the whole book or individual chapters by clicking the 'More' tab at the top of a Book.