In Moodle, a Book is a multi-page resource that is formatted like a book, containing main chapters and subchapters.
This page tells you how to create a Book within your Moodle course.
When to use
A good way to keep the course home page neat and short is to place sequential lesson content within a book.
Benefits of using using Moodle Books include:
- Students are less likely to access the material non-sequentially and become confused.
- The presence of books on the course home page indicates where depth of learning is required in a course.
- Using books keeps the course home page neat. You avoid having to place several links on the course home page to lead users through a sequence of lesson content.
Benefits, setup, edit, linking, adding videos and audio messages, leading students on from a book
Step by step instructions
- Create a Moodle book
- Link to a file from within a book
- Import chapters into a book
- Import/ Export Microsoft Word file into a book
- Click Turn editing on at the top right of the page.
- In the appropriate section, click Add a resource or activity, select Book from the pop-up menu.
- On the Adding a new Book page, enter a Name and Summary information for the book.
- Select how you want Chapter numbering to display, and whether you want Custom titles of chapters displayed in a table of contents.
- Complete any other necessary fields and click Save and return to course.
- On the course home page, click the link for the new book.
- On the Editing chapter page, type a Chapter title, select whether it is a Subchapter and enter Content in the text editing box.
- If you copy text from Microsoft Word, use the methods described on the linked page.
- To create a link from your chapter to:
- an individual topic on the course home page, follow the instructions on the linked page
- an individual activity elsewhere in the course, open the activity, copy the URL, return to the course where you are logged in as an instructor, and create a link in the chapter—in the Insert/edit link window, paste the address into the Link URL field.
- a file uploaded to a Moodle repository, follow the instructions below
- an external website, follow the instructions on the linked page.
- To embed a video from UNSWTV or YouTube in your chapter, follow the instructions on the linked page.
- When you have entered all the content, click Save changes. The chapter content displays
- In the Table of contents block, click the Add new chapter icon and repeat step 7.
- When you have created all the required chapters and subchapters, click the Exit book icon to return to the course home page.
You can link to any file that has been loaded to a Moodle repository.
- On the Editing chapter page (reach this page by clicking the Edit icon in the book's Table of contents block), in the Content text editor, select the text you want to use as link text for the file.
- Click the Insert/Edit Link icon in the third row of text editor functions.
- In the Insert/edit link window, click the Browse repositories button to the right of the Enter a URL field.
- In the File picker, choose the appropriate file repository and select the file.
- In the selection window, complete the fields as appropriate for this file and click Select this file. If you choose Create an alias, any changes you make to the repository file will flow through to this file on the book page.
- On the Editing chapter page, the highlighted text now displays as a link. Save your changes.
- On the chapter page, check that you have linked the correct file.
- Organise your chapter files: place all HTML files, image files and multimedia files and folders that are to be included in the book in a single folder on your computer.
- Rename any files as necessary. (Note that chapters will be sorted alphabetically by file name on import.) If you wish files to be automatically imported as subchapters, add "_sub" to the end of their file or folder names.
- Create a zip file of all the chapter materials.
- In Moodle, open the course, Turn editing on and open the relevant Book.
- On the book's page, in the Settings block, under Book administration, select Import chapter.
- On the Import chapter page, leave the Type selection as Each HTML file or folder represents one chapter, unless you have structured your zip folder so that each folder represents a chapter.
- Move the zip file into the Zip file box, either by clicking Choose a file, then browsing for and selecting the zip file, or by dragging it from Explore/Finder.
- Click Import. The Importing chapters into book page displays. Relative file links are converted to absolute chapter links. Images, Flash and Java are also relinked.
- When the import is complete, click Continue. You are returned to the book page, where the new chapters display in the table of contents.
Microsoft Word docx-formatted file can be imported as chapters to a book. The file is split into chapters and subchapters based on the built-in heading styles "Heading 1" and "Heading 2" in Word. Embedded images are also imported if they are in web-compatible format (GIF, PNG, JPEG). It imports .docx files only, not the older .doc format. The following Word versions support this format: Word 2007, Word 2010 and Word 2013 (on Windows); Word 2011 and Word 2016 (on MacOS). Note that files in.docm format (i.e. including macros) are not supported. An initial chapter will need to be created before the Word Import/ Export options are made visible.
The Book can also be Exported back in a Microsoft word file format from the Book Administration section.
If you experience technical or other issues, consult the Where to get help page.