Good Practice

Use Moodle Book to Organize Content in a Linear Structure


More and more often, instructors are choosing to provide at least some content online, with the intention that students will review the content outside of class, and come to class prepared to discuss or apply that content to promote active learning. There are many ways to provide and organize that content. Sometimes, it may be useful for students to go through the content in a very linear way, for example, when each page of content builds on the information of the preceding page.


The Moodle Book resource can help you create a simple, linear structure. A Moodle Book provides a navigable, multipage, multimedia web resource within a Moodle course site.

Features of Moodle Books

  • Pages are considered "chapters" or can even be designated subchapters, creating a book-like structure.
  • The chapter and subchapter titles are displayed on the left as links, creating a Table of Contents.
  • Books or chapters can be printed.
  • Previously-created web sites can be imported into a Book via .zip file, with each HTML file represented as a chapter.

Uses of Moodle Books

"Chunking" Content

Books offer a convenient way to provide online content in manageable chunks. They can include images, tables, links, and other kinds of content besides text, and can guide students through this content in an ordered fashion.


Books can be used to present step-by-step instructions in a multimedia format.

Limitations of Moodle Books

  • Books are not searchable within Moodle.
  • Books are not inherently interactive. Using other Moodle tools with the Book, for example, asking students to take a formative quiz part-way through the Book, requires leaving the Book, finding and taking the quiz, and then returning to the Book.
  • Books have only two levels of organization: chapters and subchapters.
  • Students cannot contribute to Books.
  • Books do not allow for a branching structure (see Moodle Lesson).

Effort Required

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Learning Objectives Addressed