Teachers both love and hate building with Moodle books. Often, one of the first tasks a teacher does is build a Moodle book. A Moodle book can be thought of as a mini website that allows easy display of text, pictures and video. When a new page is added to a book, Moodle will automatically build a simple navigation menu. I believe it is this simplicity that draws teachers to use this resource tool perhaps more so then any other tool in Moodle. The simple book resource tool in Moodle allows teachers to take ownership of the content they provide to their students.
Teachers want to provide factually accurate, age and grade level appropriate, well designed and good looking books to their students. Building those books that work well on many devices is a challenge. Too often, books look un-attractive, cluttered, don’t maintain formatting across different screen sizes and devices and are not engaging. We have all heard things like “Who is using books these days anyways?” and “Static content is so old school” and “Textbooks are a thing of the past” etc. You get my idea.
The problem of course is not the teacher but rather the technology used to build this content. Many students do in fact enjoy reading books, either in print or online. Many students are in fact OK with static content, as long as it is not the only content they are asked to read. There are many reasons for improving the authoring of Moodle book content.
At iCampus21 we are trying to improve how teachers create content in Moodle books. We are presently developing two Moodle plugins that will allow teachers to more easily build well formatted, more attractive and more robust Moodle books. Below you see some examples of pages from Moodle books that were build using our improvements.
Continue watching for updates on our progress on this blog.