If you’re using Moodle for teaching or training, we’d love you to make the most of its collaborative features, engaging students to learn together in the spirit of its social constructionist roots. But that doesn’t mean Moodle has no place for static files, documents, videos: on the contrary, Moodle’s easy drag and drop option and media embedding features make it a great platform for delivering content to your learners.
We’d like to introduce you to an easy and accessible way to present information to your course participants: Moodle’s versatile book resource. And unlike its paper counterpart, a Moodle book is more than just words and pictures!
While it is easy to drag and drop your PDF or word-processed files straight into your course page, sometimes it’s better for accessibility and mobile learners to add your content directly into Moodle. The Page resource is very handy because you can simply type your content into it and learners can open it up immediately – no need to download a file or make sure you have the right software to open it.
But what if your information covers more than one page? What if, for example, you have a whole policy document to share, or a series of pages introducing a new module? Of course you could make a very long page – or several individual pages – but really the best option is Moodles book resource. Some advantages are:
We used a book in the recent Learn Moodle 3.4 Basics MOOC to introduce and explain how the course worked:
Here the pages are numbered and you can navigate between them with arrows or by clicking the links. In this next book, a departmental document, you can navigate by clicking text links. Note too how easy it is to add an explanatory video into the page!
Here’s a short video tutorial on setting up a Moodle book:
Once you’ve added all your content, your book is ready for your learners to access. But that’s not all! Did you know it is easy to grab a copy of a Moodle book – in its entirety or in part – by clicking the gear icon and selecting ‘Print’. Moodle will then offer you a PDF version of your book which you are free to print on paper. All preferences covered!
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