Book Resource [Faculty]


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

  • Modify a Book

  • Seek further assistance

Create a Book

  1. In the top right corner of the course, toggle edit mode on

  2. Locate the week or section in which you wish to add a book

  3. Select Add an activity or resource

  4. Select Book from the menu of choices and a new Moodle book will appear

For more information see, Adding an Activity in Moodle ISU [Faculty]


  1. In the Name text box, type the name of the book (this step is required). 

  2. In the Description field, type a description of the book or any other information you would like students to see.

  3. If you would like this description displayed on the course page, select Display description on course page.

Name and Description fields where text can be entered for a Moodle Book to be created


  • Chapter formatting - lets you decide how you would like your chapters to be formatted.

    • None -  Chapter and subchapter titles are not formatted at all.

    • Numbers -  Chapters and subchapters are numbered (1, 1.1, 1.2, 2,…)

    • Bullets -  Subchapters are indented and displayed with bullets.

    • Indented -  Subchapters are indented.

  • Custom titles - Select this box if you do NOT want the chapter title displayed in the table of contents (TOC) AND as a heading. When this box is selected, a different title may be entered as part of the content.

Chapter formatting setting with a dropdown to choose from a list; Custom titles setting with a checkbox to select

Common module settings

  1. Choose whether to Show or Hide on the Page (default is Show).

For more information see, Common module settings

Restrict access

For more information see, Restrict access

Activity completion

For more information see, Activity completion


For more information see, Using tags

To save:

  • Select Save and display to view the resource.  

  • Select Save and return to course to be taken back to the course homepage.

  • Select Cancel to discard changes

Note: Selecting the Send content change notification will send a message to students letting them know the book has been modified.

Note: A Moodle book or chapter of a book can be printed by selecting the Print book or Print this chapter, found by selecting More in the top navigation menu.

Top navigation menu displayed with the choices beneath More showing and arrow pointing to Print book.

Modify a Book

  1. In the top right corner of the course, toggle Edit mode on

  2. Locate the book you wish to edit and select it. For more information, see Moodle ISU Overview

  3. Locate the TABLE OF CONTENTS block at the top left side of the page

Table of contents in a Moodle book with arrow, settings gear, trash can, eye and + icons to the right of each chapter

  • Arrow icon - The arrow icon allows you to move chapters up and down in order

  • Gear icon - The gear icon lets you edit a chapter’s content and titles, as well as make it a subchapter

  • Trash icon - Select the Trash icon to delete a chapter

  • Eye icon - Select the eye icon to hide a chapter from the students.  The chapter text will be lighter in the teacher view to indicate the chapter is hidden

  • Plus icon - Select the + icon to add a new chapter or subchapter 

To add a chapter or subchapter:

Note:  You can add numerous chapters/subchapters.

  1. Select the Plus icon

Table of contents in a Moodle book with arrow, settings gear, trash can, eye and + icons to the right of each chapter with an arrow pointing to topmost + sign

  1. In the Chapter title text box, type the name of the chapter (this step is required)

  2. In the Content text box, type your chapter content (this step is required). 

  3. Select Subchapter if you want to make this page a subchapter

Fields to enter Chapter title and Content displayed

  1. Select Save changes when finished.

Note: You can navigate from chapter to chapter with the previous and next buttons at the upper and lower areas of the book. The Previous button appears on the left side and the Next button appears on the right side.

Arrows pointing to Previous and Next buttons in a Moodle Book                                   

Seek Further Assistance

For additional assistance, please contact the ITRC at (208) 282-5880 or

For more information please visit:


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