Activities: Reader

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The Reader module for Moodle 2.x tracks the students' reading achievements.
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The Reader module for Moodle 2.x tracks the students' reading achievements by maintaining a total of the number words each student reads. After reading one of the books at an appropriate reading level, a student takes quiz to demonstrate a reasonable understanding of the content of the book. If they pass the quiz, the number of words in the book is added to the total number of words they have read. Students are encouraged to work toward the reading goal, which is the number of words the teacher expects them to read in a term. Various reports are available to the teacher who can adjust the reading goals, student levels, and book difficulty if required.


The Reader module requires the Ordering question type for Moodle 2.x


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  • Picture of michell mejia
    Fri, Jan 9, 2015, 11:57 PM
    My friend the other problem is resolved but now, tell me where i can upload books? and i have this error in books --> EDIT --> ONLY SHOW mode_edit()
  • Picture of Gordon Bateson
    Wed, Jan 14, 2015, 12:00 PM
    Michell Mejia, above where it says "mode_edit()", you will see a link to "Download books with quizzes". Please click that. You need to create an account on in order to download book data and quizzes.
  • Picture of alper ciftci
    Sun, Aug 2, 2015, 1:53 AM
    Hello Mr. Bateson,

    I would like to add more books from our database. How do we do this ?
  • Picture of Nobuhiro TANEDA
    Fri, Aug 7, 2015, 1:15 PM
    I'm using Moodle 2.4 and Reader module 2015063086.
    When I click on the Books tab, it was also displayed as "mode_edit()".
    How can I do that?
  • Picture of Nobuhiro TANEDA
    Tue, Aug 25, 2015, 12:13 PM
    I've updated the Reader Module 2015082387.
    But, when I log in to moodle in the administrator, the screen of the Reader Module will change to white-out.
    In the student user, it will be normally displayed.
  • Picture of alper ciftci
    Thu, Sep 3, 2015, 3:44 AM
    Hello Gordon,

    I just downloaded the quiz questions but I do not see them when I click on the quiz button. They are all downloaded in a different area. When I attempt to take a quiz, a blank page pops up. When I select a book from "select a book" section, it goes to level books, then it says " Take the quiz for "book`s name"", and when I click on it, a blank page comes out. Can you help me about this issue?
  • Picture of alper ciftci
    Thu, Sep 3, 2015, 3:51 AM
    I really need help because we con not start to use it. We need to fix it as soon as possible.
  • Picture of Alex Varsakopoulos
    Wed, Feb 3, 2016, 3:54 AM
    Hi Gordon,
    I'm getting this message on my moodle reader "Sorry, there are currently no books for you". I'm using the latest reader version and moodle 2.9. Any hints? Thank you!
  • Picture of Sandro Franco
    Thu, Feb 2, 2017, 3:56 AM
    How do I obtain a user in order to setup the plugin
  • Picture of Lee Hensley
    Tue, Dec 12, 2017, 12:43 AM
    I emailed and no reply.
  • Picture of Lee Hensley
    Fri, Dec 22, 2017, 5:35 PM
  • Picture of Ismail Fayed
    Sun, Jan 20, 2019, 6:02 PM
    Hi Gordon,
    I have downloaded reader in two different platforms under two different fresh servers (Moodle 3.4 and 3.6)..

    In both cases I am getting this error every time I attempt to download new book resources or quizzes. The repeated error displayed is:
    "error Coding error detected, it must be fixed by a programmer: events trigger legacy() has been deprecated along with all Events 1 API in favour of Events 2 API."

    --> What I found quite interesting is that when I receive this error and try to "refresh" the browser page, one book entry will be downloaded. If I refresh again, a second book resource/ quiz will be downloaded with a higher progress percentage. I need to manually keep refreshing in order to get all downloads successfully one by one which is annoying.

    --> The second issue I don't see any of the book covers for the downloaded books/ quizzes. I tried to fix this through the admin "Fix book covers" under "Tools" but I got the following error, too:
    OOPS: Image ID not specified: A-Z Mysteries (Level 2): A-Z Mysteries/Level 2/The_Absent_Author.xml.gz
    OOPS: Image ID not specified: All Aboard Reading (Level 1): All Aboard Reading/Level 1/Butterflies.xml.gz
    OOPS: Image ID not specified: All Aboard Reading (Level 1): All Aboard Reading/Level 1/Butterflies.xml.gz
    OOPS: Image ID not specified: All Aboard Reading (Level 1): All Aboard Reading/Level 1/Johnny_Appleseed.xml.gz
    OOPS: Image ID not specified: All Aboard Reading (Level 1): All Aboard Reading/Level 1/Johnny_Appleseed.xml.gz
    OOPS: Image ID not specified: All Aboard Reading (Level 1): All Aboard Reading/Level 1/The_Flying_Horse.xml.gz
    OOPS: Image ID not specified: All Aboard Reading (Level 1): All Aboard Reading/Level 1/The_Flying_Horse.xml.gz

    --> The last issue experienced is that each manually downloaded resources shows twice where the first entry probably refers to the missing cover and the second refers to the actual quiz.

    When I attempt the quizzes as a student, it's worth mentioning that some of the downloaded quiz still don't appear in the available quizzes list for students.

    I'm not sure if this is a test-bank or server issue from your end that prevents the correct download/ configuration of the downloaded resources. It could also be something that has to do with the coding of the new versions of this relatively old plugin. I hope it has some major upgrades to overcome any issues for Moodle 3.6+.

    Thanks and hope to hear from you.
  • Picture of Neil Faulkner
    Sat, Aug 10, 2019, 12:48 AM

    I have installed Moodle Reader on my platform and I am unable to add books. When adding a new book I fill in all the required fields and then click 'add', however no book appears when you click on edit books (site) or edit books (course). I have checked and double checked that the books I am adding are not hidden. I am not adding any files to the book entries - could this be why?


  • Mt. Fuji
    Mon, Oct 14, 2019, 8:50 PM
    Sorry to bother you via multiple routes. I've given up on trying to find a support forum sad and am posting here. I just recently upgraded a Moodle instance from 3.3+ to 3.7 and now have an odd issue. When selecting a book, the "Take the quiz for..." message lists a different book and presents that quiz (for the different book) instead of the one that is being selected. I can post a screenshot if there is a forum thread somewhere in the forums...? It seems that maybe is no longer active?
  • Mt. Fuji
    Tue, Oct 15, 2019, 7:41 AM
    Gordon, all,
    Sorry, I am guilty of being infected with panic that was relayed to me by teachers on the front lines. On further inspection, the problem was relayed to me incorrectly and, as such, my eyes were tainted when I inspected the instance myself. The problem, in the end, was: I had failed to install the "ordering" question type and this was causing an error to be thrown when a quiz was selected. The issue of the quiz that appeared being different to the book selected was, I think, simply a misunderstanding as to how the quiz selection process (drill down) functions. I see that first the publisher needs to be selected (e.g. Penguin, etc.), then the "Step" or "Level" and then finally the actual "Title". I think the issue, in our case, was that the first publisher is "BlackCat Reading and Training" and, again my guess, that the individual who contacted me in a panic, thought "BlackCat Reading and Training" was the title of a book, not the publisher.
    One inqury that remains for me is, is there a forum or site where support for the Moodle Reader can be obtained? Bug reports, questions (to the extent that a busy person and respond to least until you clone yourself Gordon smile ).
    Sorry for attempting to make my emergency (pseudo emergency) yours as well.
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