Book Moodle ISU


The book allows you to give information to your students in a multi-page, book-like format. The book allows you to have main chapters and subchapters. However, subchapters cannot have their own subchapters as the book is intended to be a simple resource for teachers and students.

This guide will help you to:

Create a Book

  1. Turn editing on. For more information, see Moodle ISU Overview
  2. In the topic where you wish to add the book, Click Add an activity or resource


  1. Select Book
  2. Click Add



  1. In the Name field, Type the name of the book. This will display to the students on the course homepage.
  2. In the Description field, Type a description of the book or any other information you would like students to see.

Note: If you wish to have the description displayed to students on the homepage, Check Display description on course page.


  1. Chapter formatting - lets you decide how you would like your chapters to be formatted.
  1. None -  Chapter and subchapter titles are not formatted at all.
  2. Numbers -  Chapters and subchapters are numbered (1, 1.1, 1.2, 2,…)
  3. Bullets -  Subchapters are indented and displayed with bullets.
  4. Indented -  Subchapters are indented.
  1. Style of navigation - lets you decide how the titles are displayed.
  1. TOC Only - The table of contents is used for navigation.
  2. Images - Icons are used for navigation
  3. Text - Chapter titles are used.
  1. Custom titles - check this box if you want to display chapter titles automatically.

Common module settings

  1. Choose whether to Show or Hide the Page (default is Show)
  2. Enter an ID number only if you want a way of identifying the activity for grade calculation purposes. If the activity is not included in any grade calculation then the ID number field may be left blank.

Restrict access

For more information, see Restrict Access

Activity completion

For more information, see Activity Completion

To save:

  1. Click Save and return to course to be taken back to the course homepage.
  2. Click Save and display to start editing your book.
  3. Click Cancel to delete the book.


Modify a Book

  1. Turn editing on. For more information, see Moodle ISU Overview
  2. Click on the book you wish to edit
  1. Locate the TABLE OF CONTENTS block at the top left side of the page

Table of Contents 1.jpg

  1. Arrow icon: arrow.jpg The arrow icon allows you to move chapters up and down in order
  2. Gear icon:gear.jpgThe gear icon lets you edit a chapter’s content and titles, as well as make it a subchapter
  3. X icon:delete.jpgClick the X icon to delete a chapter
  4. Eye icon:Hide.jpgClick the eye icon to hide a chapter from the students.  The chapter will be lighter to teachers indicating the chapter is hidden
  5. + icon:add chapter.jpgClick the + icon to add a new chapter or subchapter

To add a chapter or subchapter:

Note:  You can add numerous chapters/subchapters.

  1. Click on the + icon

Table of Contents.jpg

  1. Type the chapter title into the Chapter title text box
  2. Check Subchapter if you want to make this page a subchapter
  1. Type the content into the Content text box

  1. Click Save changes when finished.


Note: You can navigate from chapter to chapter with the arrow icons on the upper and bottom right side of the book.


For more information, see Book Settings

For additional information, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

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