Join Kevin Kelly for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating multipage resources with the Book module, part of Moodle: Advanced Techniques.
- There are many ways to share content in Moodle. You can upload files, create links to external webpages, and add internal Moodle pages, which Moodle calls Pages. For more complex information, Moodle's Book Module, allows you to have chapters and subchapters. Book Module is not interactive on its own. You can include multimedia and link to Moodle activities from within. So let's learn how to create a book. First I'll Turn editing on using the button in the top right corner.
For my class I created a Moodle page to share resources related to a course topic called Learning & Your Body. I'll scroll to it now. Here is is. I'll open it. Students find it useful but as you can see it requires a lot of scrolling. I'll turn it into a book to make it easier to navigate. I'll go back to the top. I'll use the breadcrumbs to return to the course.
I'll scroll back down to where that page is and put the book in the same place. First, I'll click the Add an activity or resource link in the bottom right corner of the section. Next I'll scroll down to see the resources and select Book from the list. Then I'll click Add at the bottom. On the Adding a new Book page, I'll enter a Name for the book, Learning and Your Body - Resources. I'll leave the Description field blank for now.
Under the Appearance category, I can use the Chapter formatting menu to select how I want the chapters to be formatted. In the table of contents they can appear with no formatting, Numbers, Bullets, or Indented. I'll select Numbers because that option allows to see the subchapters as 1.1, 1.2. Otherwise, I can select Custom titles and enter what I like for each title of each chapter. Now I'll click Save and display and start working on my book.
I'll open the course page in a new tab so I can scroll down to the page that I created before and use it to copy and paste to the book. Now that I'm on the page, I'll select Edit settings in the administration block. I'll scroll down to the page Content and copy from the HTML editor. That will be cleaner for the book. I'll start with the first body of text.
Copying here. Pasting here. I'll scroll down and click Save changes. Now you can see I have a table of contents block in the top left-hand corner. It shows the title of my first chapter, Learning and Your Body - Overview. To add another chapter or subchapter, click the Add new chapter icon in the table of contents. It's shaped like a plus sign. I'll click it now. I'll go back to my other tab, select the next section, come back to my book, and paste it.
I'll do a couple more. Add a new chapter. In the other tab, I'll copy the content, and paste it. I'll do one more as a subchapter. Under Physiology of Learning, I'll do Sleep and Learning. Copying from the page, pasting to the book.
This time I'll click the Subchapter box. And click Save changes. Now you can see in the table of contents it's listed as 3.1, a subchapter of Physiology of Learning. Follow the same process, keep repeating these steps until you have created a book containing the data you want. Your students will have it for that class topic. In the next video, we'll look at using the Book module to capture student-generated content.
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