Moodle Book with OU style navigation

UPDATE: Have added Table of contents (TOC) only option that hides next/prev navigation and submitted patch to Moodle Tracker at

If you visit the Open University OpenLearn website at and enter one of the courses the materials are presented sequentially with text based links for moving between them. I am not sure if they use a modified book or a custom module for these materials but the navigation is very similar to that of the Moodle Book module.

I have hacked the Book module (Moodle 2.3) to include a new option to choose between the default icons or text based navigation. Demonstration in the video below. If you want to try the code on a test server then it is available (do not use on a live server as it modifies a core table in the database!!!) from

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