Unlike traditional textbooks, instructors can reconfigure the sections in their zyBook to match their syllabus!
To start, click the blue "Configure zyBook" text button in your zyBook.
This will take you into the "Configure Experience".
Chapters are grouping of sections. Clicking a chapter's right side arrow expands the chapter to show its sections.
Clicking and holding the gripper tool on the section's left side allows dragging and moving the section. Sections will automatically be re-numbered to fit their new location. Sections can be moved within a chapter, to a different chapter, or to the Unused area.
Moving can instead be achieved by selecting sections, and then using the "Move selected sections to" button on the far right, where you'll select a destination chapter:
- For sections you won't be covering but you want students to be able to see, create an "Additional Material" chapter and move those sections there.
- For sections you won't be covering and you don't think students will need/want to see, move those sections to Unused. Sections that have been set to unused are not visible to students at all. Only instructors can view unused content.
- For sections you'd really like to encourage to see but won't require, keep them in your regular chapters but mark them as Optional. An optional section is visible to students and labeled "Optional". Students can read those sections and do their activities, but that activity is not reflected in the activity dashboard and cannot be downloaded in activity reports.
To set sections as optional, use checkboxes to select the sections, then click "Set selected sections as optional" on the right.
To move sections to Unused, you can either drag the section to "Unused" OR use the checkboxes and select "Mark selected sections as unused"
Click on a chapter's name to rename it. (Tip: A popular approach configured the zyBook so each chapter is a class week).
You can move entire chapters. Clicking and holding the three bars (gripper tool) on the chapter's left side allows dragging a chapter to another location.
Clicking the "Add new chapter" button will create an empty chapter that you can rename and move a section into.
When you're all finished hit "Save"
Tip: We recommend saving frequently to avoid frustration if something unusual should happen such as your computer shutting down or losing internet connection.
Note: Like jumping around in a regular textbook, the instructor should take care to not violate topic dependencies. zyBook authors strive to reduce unnecessary dependencies but obviously dependencies do exist.