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The book module makes it easy to create multi-page resources with a book-like format. This can be used to build complete book-like websites inside of your Moodle course.
Previously created websites can be imported directly into the Book module. Books can be printed entirely or by chapter.
Create a new book
Turn on editing in your course and choose the book resource from the drop down activity menu:
Give your book a name and a summary
Tell your students what your book is called and provide a brief description of its content. Keep in mind that the name you give your book will become the text for the link to it on your main course page. This is true of all the activities you create in Moodle.
Indicate how you want chapters numbered
There are several predefined numbering types:
- None - chapter and subchapter titles are not formatted at all, use if you want to define special numbering styles. For example letters: in chapter title type "A First Chapter", "A.1 Some Subchapter",...
- Numbers - chapters and subchapters are numbered (1, 1.1, 1.2, 2, ...)
- Bullets - subchapters are indented and displayed with bullets.
- Indented - subchapters are indented.
Enable or disable printing
Disabling printing means hiding the print icons. (The print option is one of this resource's most popular features, so you might not want to disable it.)
Allow or disallow custom titles
If you disallow custom titles, the chapter title (the one that appears on the table of contents) will appear as a header at the top of your content. If you enable custom titles, you will be able to create a title different from the one that appears in the ToC.
Add a chapter
Titles of chapters appear as links in the table of contents to the left of your content. Keep your titles short.
View work to date
So far, you see the table of contents on the left and the content on the right. Note the print icons near the top.
To add another chapter, click on the red cross in the ToC.
Add a sub chapter
Note that the sub chapter box is checked. A chapter may have many sub chapters, but sub chapters cannot have subchapters. In order to keep this resource simple, you are limted to two levels.
View your book
You now see a chapter and a sub chapter. Because we did not elect to number chapters, the fact that the second chapter is a sub chapter cannot be seen in the ToC. Note that you do, however, see this in the title above the content.
By the way, the items in the table of contents are neither numbered nor are they indented only because that is the option we chose when setting up the book. We can always go back and change that.
In addition to the links in the table of contents, you may move through the book using the arrows located to the top-left and bottom-left of the content.
One may, of course, use book to present information in a well-structured, user-friendly format. But there are other possibilities. Because this module allows one to import individual web pages or folders of web pages, it is useful for group work. Example: Each student creates a simple web page about your school and the teacher, (that's you!) uploads the pages to the book. Viola! You and your students have created a useful, interesting resource for new students and their parents. You could do this to create a class cook book and nutrition guide, a resource about local civic organizations, traiangles in our daily lives, world leaders, you name it.
- The book mosule allows you to have main chapters and sub chapters, but it goes no deeper. In other words, sub chapters cannot have their own sub chapters. This was an intentional decision by the creator of the book module. He intended for this to be a simple resource for teachers and students.
- The book module is not interactive. You can, however, links to choices, forums, etc., from within a book.