Instructors in many schools and departments have begun using the Book resource to house syllabus information previously distributed as a Word document. Benefits to using the Book resource include the ability for students to access information directly in the browser window, without having to download a file. Books can also be printed in a neatly-organized format, either as a paper document or (if a user’s computer allows it) as a PDF document.
To create a book:
- Log in to the CLE (cle.ucsf.edu) and go to the CLE course where you would like to add the book
- Click the Actions Menu (Gear icon) located on the top-right of the CLE, select Turn editing on from the drop down menu
- In the course section where the Book should be displayed, click the Add an activity or resource link
- An activity or resource window will open, scroll to the bottom to find the Resources section. Select the Book resource type, then click Add. This will take you to your new book’s settings page
- First, enter a Name for your book. Whatever you enter into this box will be the link students will click on to view the information contained within
- You may also enter an optional Description to provide additional information to students about the book. If you do enter a Description, you can choose to display that description on the front page of your course by checking the box
- Click the Expand all link to expand all settings
- You may also choose the way this book handles Chapter formatting; for information about the available options, click the Help icon next to the Chapter formatting drop-down menu
- To being populating content into your book, click the Save and display button at the bottom of the page
- To begin building your book, enter your first Chapter title, and put the information you want to present to students into the Content box. This content can include text, images, links — anything that you can enter into in a word processor can be entered here
NOTE: LTG staff recommend not copying and pasting directly from word processors (especially Microsoft Word) into the Content window, or any other area in the CLE where the HTML toolbar is present. If you have too much content to type it directly into the browser window, click the Paste from Word icon and paste your text into the window that appears. This tool will attempt to strip hidden formatting that could cause your book to display improperly, or could break other functionality within the CLE. You may need to re-apply formatting to your content using the HTML toolbar after using the Paste from Word tool
- When you are done entering content, click Save changes to proceed
- After you have added the first chapter to your book, you will see the title and content from that chapter on the right side of the book window. Navigation buttons will automatically appear that help users move forward and backward through your content. Users can also use the Table of contents to move freely throughout the Book’s content. Other actions you can perform using the book’s table of contents include Moving (A) a chapter up or down in the list, editing the Settings (B) for a chapter or subchapter, deleting (C) a chapter or subchapter, hiding (D) a chapter or subchapter, or adding a new chapter/subchapter (E)
- To add chapters or sub-chapters to a book, click the Add (plus sign) icon. A new chapter will be added directly below the Add icon, and you will be taken once again to the Editing chapter screen. To make a subchapter instead of a chapter, simply click the subchapter box on that screen
- When you are finished making changes to the book, you can more accurately preview the way your book will look to others by Turning off editing. To do this, make sure you are still inside the book, click the gear icon (actions menu), and click Turn editing off. The editing icons in the Table of contents will disappear, and you will be seeing the book in the same way other users in your course will
Chapters and subchapters are used to present a visual hierarchy for users who are navigating the book, but there is no difference in what kind of content can be contained within a chapter or subchapter. The only difference between the two is that subchapters are slightly indented in the Table of contents. The presentation of chapters and subchapters will vary slightly, based on which Chapter formatting selection you made on the Edit settings page of the book.
Printing a book
Whole books and individual chapters may be printed by clicking the gear icon (actions menu) located on the top right of the book while editing is turned on.