Adding Books

Article Last Updated June 2021

The book resource is very similar to the page or tab display resources, except that it allows you to organize it according to chapters and subchapters. The book resource is good for displaying a large amount of content in an organized fashion. This can be useful if you feel your main course page is getting too long.

The book module 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, as the module is intended to be a relatively simple resource for teachers and students. Books also have two useful features: previously created websites can be imported directly into the Book module; and books can be printed entirely or by chapter.

Adding a Book

  1. Click on Turn editing on, near top right side.  
  2. Move to the topic area where you wish to add content (the week, unit, etc…) and click on the Add an Activity or Resource button.
  3. Click on the Book icon.
  4. A new page will appear with the book settings.


  • "Name" is required. You may enter the title of your book here.
  • "Description": You may provide a brief description of your book’s content here.
  • "Display description on course page": Toggles whether or not the description of your book will be displayed on the course page below the link to your book.


  • "Chapter formatting": Indicate how you want chapters labelled/numbered. There are several predefined labelling/numbering types:
    • 'None' - Chapter and subchapter titles have no formatting.
    • 'Numbers' - Chapters and subchapter titles are numbered 1, 1.1, 1.2, 2, …
    • 'Bullets' - Subchapters are indented and displayed with bullets in the table of contents.
    • 'Indented' - Subchapters are indented in the table of contents.
  • "Style navigation": Choose your preferred appearance for next/previous page navigation buttons:
    • 'TOC Only' - No navigation buttons. (Table of Contents only)
    • 'Images' - Icons are used for navigation.
    • 'Text' - Chapter titles are used for navigation.
  • "Custom titles": Toggles whether or not the chapter title will not displayed as a heading above the content. A different title (perhaps longer than the chapter title) may be entered as part of the content.

Common module settings

  • "Availability": This setting has 3 options:
    • 'Show on course page' - The activity is available to students (subject to any access restrictions which may be set).
    • 'Hide from students' - The activity is only available to users with permission to view hidden activities (by default, users with the role of teacher or non-editing teacher).
    • 'Make available but now shown on course page' - A link to the activity must be provided from elsewhere, such as from a page resource. The activity would still be listed in the gradebook and other reports.
  • "ID number": An ID number identifies the activity for grade calculation purposes.

Restrict access

Activity completion

  • "Completion tracking": Activity completion is tracked, either manually or automatically, based on certain conditions. Multiple conditions may be set if desired. If so, the activity will only be considered complete when ALL conditions are met. A tick next to the activity name on the course page indicates when the activity is complete.
  • "Require view":
    • Student must view this activity to complete it: A tick will only appear once the student views the activity.
  • "Expect completed on": This setting specifies the date when the activity is expected to be completed. The date is not shown to students and is only displayed in the activity completion report.



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