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Overview of the popular resource types that you can create to present content to students.

About Book

You can use Book to create multi-page resources in a sequential, easy-to-navigate and printable format. Books have a table of contents on the right-hand side indexing the web pages (known as 'chapters') and sub pages ('sub-chapters'). Students can use the table of contents to jump to a page or move sequentially through the content with the arrow buttons. Pages can contain links, images, or embedded videos.

Book is an ideal resource to present manuals, or large amounts of connect information to students.

Create Book

  1. Turn Edit mode on.
  2. Open the relevant section.
  3. Select Add an activity or resource and choose Book from the Resources tab.
  4. Enter a meaningful Name and Description for the Book. Check the box to Display description on module page

  5. Select an option for Chapter formatting, though this can also be left as None.
  6. Custom Titles allow you to have a different page header and index entry (chapter title).

    Chapter formatting menu opened showing options available

  7. Select Save and display.
  1. After selecting Save and display you will be directed to create your first chapter.
  2. Enter a Chapter Title and Content using the text editor. You can include images and multimedia using the text editor.
  3. Once your content is added, select Save changes.
  4. To add chapters (new pages) to your Book, select the plus sign plus symbolto the right of any existing chapters. This adds a new chapter below the existing chapter. If you can't see any icons next to your existing chapters, make sure editing is turned on at the top-right of the page.

  1. You can turn your second chapter into a subchapter of your first chapter. Add a new chapter, then select the Subchapter check box to display the chapter as an indented Subchapter.

Adding chapters later

If chapter settings are hidden in Edit mode, select the Open block drawer button  to the right of the screen to display Table of Contents.

You can import web (HTML) files directly into your Book, up to a maximum of 400MB in size. HTML files needed to be organised into a folder which is zipped. 

  1. Organise the HTML files into one folder on your computer.
  2. If you want any page/s to import as a Subchapter automatically, you'll need to label those files - adding "_sub" to the end of HTML file or folder names.
  3. Zip the folder.
  4. Turn on Edit Mode.
  5. Open the Book.
  6. Select Import chapter from the contextual navigation menu above the module name.

  1. From the import screen, you can either select Choose a file... and find your zip folder on your computer, or drag and drop the zip folder directly into the file area.
  2. For Type, leave Each HTML file represents one chapter, unless you have chosen to structure your zip folder differently.

  3. Select Import.
  4. Chapters are imported and sorted alphabetically using file name. 

You can import MS Word files directly into your Book, up to a maximum of 400MB in size.

Preparing your MS Word file for import

When preparing your Word file for upload, you will need to use Word's Styles formatting to ensure that Book can distinguish between chapter and subchapter names once your file is uploaded. You should:

  • Apply Heading 1 to chapter names.
  • Apply Heading 2 to subchapter names.
  • Apply Normal to text beneath headings.

Importing from MS Word to Book

  1. Turn on Edit Mode.
  2. Open the Book.
  3. Select Import from MS Word from the contextual navigation menu.

  4. From the import screen, you can either select Choose a upload from your computer, or drag and drop the file.
  5. Check the Create subchapters based on subheadings if you would like subchapters to be automatically created. If this box is ticked:
    • Book will automatically use text formatted using Heading 1 to name chapters.
    • Book will automatically use text formatted using Heading 2 to name subchapters.  
  6. Select the Import button.
  7. Select the Continue button.

Change title of Book

  1. Turn Edit Mode on.
  2. Open the relevant section.
  3. Select the pencil icon alongside the Book.
  4. Amend the title and select Enter on your keyboard.

Change settings in the Book

  1. Turn Edit Mode on.
  2. Open the relevant section.
  3. Select Edit alongside the Book to open the menu. Select Edit settings.
  4. Change your Description and/or Appearance settings.
  5. Scroll to the end of page and select Save and return to course.

Hide or delete a chapter

  1. Turn Edit Mode on.
  2. Open the relevant section.
  3. Select the Book to open the resource.
  4. In the table of contents, select the eye icon eye icon bookto the right of the chapter title to hide it. This will grey out the chapter and remove it from the numbering but you can always click the eye again to reveal it.
  5. In the table of contents, select the delete icon Delete Binto the right of the chapter title to delete it.

Edit a chapter

  1. Turn Edit Mode on.
  2. Open the relevant section.
  3. Select the Book to open the resource.
  4. In the table of contents, select the cog icon to the right of chapter title that you want to edit.
  5. Make your changes to the chapter Title and Content fields and select Save changes.

Change the order of the chapters

  1. Turn Edit Mode on.
  2. Open the relevant section.
  3. Select the Book to open the resource.
  4. In the table of contents, select the arrow icons Arrow icons in book chapterto the right of the chapter title to move the chapter into a new position. 


  • Students can easily navigate the chapters and subchapters by selecting the chapter name in the Table of contents on the right of the page.
  • Students can also move through the book using the arrows located at the bottom of the content area.
  • Students can print the Book or a chapter of the book. Select More on the top of the page and choose Print book to view a print-friendly version of the whole Book.
    •  To print a specific chapter, select the chapter from the Table of contents and open the More menu. Select Print this chapter.


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