Codio Books lets you build a complete book, with chapters, sections and pages that can be nested to any depth to form a table of contents and associated content that mirrors a normal book structure. Parts of a book can then be mapped to course units for class assignments.
Often, a student will want to review materials taught earlier in a course. With books, they are able to do this even though that content does not form a part of the current unit. This is very useful for revision purposes prior to lab, assessments, exams etc.
A Codio book still sits on top of a Codio box so you have the same capabilities that projects and units have. Before we introduced books, switching units wasted time as a new unit needed to load, which took several seconds. If you frequently switch units (for instance during student revision) this delay becomes irritating. With a book, there is no delay and the student can freely access all parts of the book irrespective of which unit they are accessing.
We strongly recommend you have a thorough understanding of the following before embarking on large scale books.
- Content authoring
- Courses, especially how courses map to books
- Assigning content to classes
- Limitations (see below)
Limitations, restrictions and when not to use a book
There are cases where authoring your content in a book is not appropriate. For more information on this, please refer to limitations and restrictions.
Rather than assign a Book to a class, you can map any sections of the Book to the usual course and module structure. So you can still divide a course into modules and units and assign these to a class but, provided the course author allows it, students can look at any part of the book even when assigned a single unit. This is ideal for referring back to material covered previously and for general revision. See Book Visibility for more information.
Although it is entirely up to the book author, a book will usually contains a number of assessments. When you map a course unit to a section of the book, any assessments that fall within that unit are shown in the class dashboard.
You should make a decision as to when assessments should be in the book and when they are better suited to a project unit. Generally speaking, standard assessments that are used to monitor student engagement with content belong in the book.
Questions that are assigned to a class for homework or lab assessments could also go in a book but are usually better in a course project unit. Please refer to limitations and restrictions for a discussion on cheating related risks to putting assessments in a book.