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Activities: Klassenbuch

Maintained by Davo Davo Smith
Modified version of the book module, adding email subscriptions, structured entries, PDF export and autosaving.
Moodle 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Klassenbuch module for Moodle ( - a modified version of the Book module for Moodle ( - Copyright (C) 2004-2011 Petr Skoda (

The Klassenbuch module makes it easy to create multi-page resources with a book-like format. This module can be used to build complete book-like websites inside of your Moodle course.
This module was developed for Technical University of Liberec (Czech Republic). Many ideas and code were taken from other Moodle modules and Moodle itself

Differences from the book module:

  • Ability of students to subscribe to email updates about the book (sent out when the teacher clicks on the 'email' icon for a chapter).
  • Structure the content of each chapter using globally defined custom fields to define the sections within each chapter.
  • Treeview for the table of contents (to allow subchapters to be collapsed).
  • PDF export option.
  • Autosave during chapter creation, to avoid losing unfinished work.

Note about the PDF export.
If you want to include a logo on the export page, create a file called glogo.jpg and save it in mod/klassenbuch/tool/print/pix
(preferably 122x60 pixels). If you want to set the PDF's 'author' name and/or want to add a hyperlink to this logo, then copy
mod/klassenbuch/tool/print/pdfklassenbuch_details_dist.php to mod/klassenbuch/tool/print/pdfklassenbuch_details.php and edit
to set the details you want to use.

Created by:

  • Petr Skoda (skodak) - most of the coding & design
  • Mojmir Volf, Eloy Lafuente, Antonio Vicent and others
  • Klassenbuch changes by Davo Smith and Yair Spielmann of Synergy Learning, on behalf of The Goethe Institut.

Project page:


Intentionally omitted features:

  • more chapter levels - it would encourage teachers to write too much complex and long books, better use standard standalone HTML editor and import it as Resource. DocBook format is another suitable solution.
  • TOC hiding in normal view - instead use printer friendly view
  • detailed student tracking (postponed till officially supported)
  • export as zipped set of HTML pages - instead use browser command Save page as... in print view


  • No more development planned


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  • Anthony Borrow
    Thu, Oct 10, 2013, 9:17 AM
    Davo - Many thanks for sharing this plugin. I'm not sure if we should be using German words for the names of addons. The activity module installs just fine. I wonder whether it is better to create a new activity module or to promote the features and provide patches for possible inclusion in core. Overall, things look fine. It would also be good if you could provide a URL for documentation. Let me give some thought to the name. Peace - Anthony
  • Davo
    Thu, Oct 10, 2013, 6:46 PM
    Anthony - the Goethe Institut who commissioned this plugin are already using it extensively across their site (and have been doing so for a number of years). I don't really think it is worth the risk of migrating them to a differently-named version. I'd also find it difficult to maintain if the 'public' version diverged from the internal version we have on their site. I suspect that if I did go to the trouble of renaming the public version, I wouldn't be able to keep it up to date with and fixes made to the internal version.

    Some of the changes might be suitable for merging back into the core version of the book module. Others (such as the use of global fields), really separate this out from the original, so should probably be in a separate module.
  • MD shot of me from his iphone4
    Thu, Oct 17, 2013, 1:10 PM
    Thanks for the reply Davo.

    I noticed the tool directory contains some subplugins too, in particular, the klassenbuch_teacherimport which doesn't seem to be in mod_book. Let me know if you'd like to distribute them separately (if at all).
  • Davo
    Thu, Oct 17, 2013, 6:54 PM
    I don't think the klassenbuch_teacherimport tool really makes much sense to distribute separately (especially as it would probably need a whole section to itself within the addons hierarchy). It also wouldn't be possible (without renaming it) to add it directly to a site as a 'book' tool.

    I'd prefer to leave it as it is.
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