Glossary Moodle ISU
The Glossary activity in Moodle allows participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, like a dictionary. Glossary can be used in many ways: the entries can be searched or browsed in different formats; a glossary can be a collaborative activity or be restricted to entries made by the teacher; and entries can be put into categories. The auto-linking feature will highlight any word in the course located in the glossary.
This guide will help you to:
- Add a Glossary to Your Course
Add a Glossary to Your Course
- Turn Editing On. For more information, see Moodle ISU Overview.
- Locate the week/topic in which you wish to add the Glossary.
- Click Add an activity or resource.
- Select Glossary then Click Add.
Note: The added resource will be placed as the last item in the week/topic.
- Type the name in the Name text box.
- In the Description field, Type any instructions or reminders for your students. They will see these instructions when opening the Glossary. If you would like this description displayed on the course page, Click the Display description on course page box.
Note: You can choose whether the glossary entry will be in the main or secondary glossary by selecting its Glossary type.
Allows you to determine how the entries interact.
- Approved by default - if set to "Yes" then new entries appear automatically. If not, then the teacher must approve each one first.
- Always allow editing - if set to "Yes" then new entries appear automatically. If not, then the teacher must approve each one first.
- Duplicate entries allowed - allows the entry of more than one definition for a given word.
- Allow comments on entries - students and teachers can leave comments on glossary definitions. The comments are available through a link at the bottom of the definition.
- Automatically link glossary entries - turning this on allows individual entries in this glossary to be automatically linked whenever the concept words and phrases appear throughout the rest of the same course. This includes forum postings, internal resources, week summaries, quizzes, etc,.
- Enabling linking for the Glossary does not automatically turn on linking for each entry - the Add a new Entry form includes the option that must be selected in order to automatically link the entry wherever the concept words and phrases appear throughout the rest of the course.
- To turn off the automatic linking of glossary entries for an activity such as a quiz or forum you will need to do the following for each activity:
- Click on the activity in your course that you wish to turn off the automatic linking for.
- Locate the Administration block and click on Filters.
- In the Filter settings window, locate Glossary auto-linking and use the drop-down menu to change the option to Off.
- Click Save changes.
Specifies how entries in the Glossary will look and how it’s sorted.
- Display format- specifies the way that each entry will be shown within the Glossary. The default formats are:
- Simple, dictionary style - this looks like a conventional dictionary with separate entries. No authors are displayed and attachments are shown as links.
- Continuous without author - similar to simple style. Shows the entries one after the other without any kind of separation, but the editing icons, if your theme supports it.
- Full with author - a forum-like display format showing author's data. Attachments are shown as links.
- Full without author - a forum-like display format that does not show author's data. Attachments are shown as links.
- Encyclopedia - like 'Full with author', however, but attached images are shown inline.
- Entry list - this lists the concepts as links.
- FAQ - useful for displaying lists of frequently asked questions. It automatically appends the words QUESTION and ANSWER in the concept and definition respectively.
- Approval display format - it is possible to set an alternative display format, for when entries are approved, that can differ from the display format on the course page. This could be useful, for instance, if a tutor wants to see who made a particular glossary entry before approving it, but doesn't want the students' name to be displayed for others on the course page.
- Entries shown per page - decide here how many entries to show per page
- Show alphabet links - if set to "Yes", users can browse the Glossary by letters of the alphabet
- Show ‘ALL’ link - if set to "Yes", users can browse all the entries at once
- Show ‘Special’ link - if set to "Yes", users can can browse the Glossary by special characters, such as @ and #.
- Allow print view - this provides a printer-friendly version link for students.
Note: Teachers are always provided with a printer-friendly version link.
Allows you to put the entries into the different categories if ratings are enabled.
Allows you to rate the entries.
- Roles with permission to rate - Glossary entries can be rated using a scale. By default, only teachers can rate glossary entries, though students can be given permission also.
Note: Any ratings given are recorded in the Gradebook.
- Aggregate type - gives different ways the entries can be rated.
- Scale - lets you decide the type of grading that will be done, the scale, and the possible maximum points.
- Restrict ratings to items with dates in this range - sets the time when students will be able to rate the entries.
Common Module Settings
This section sets how the activity uses groups and manual grade calculations. For more information on groups and groupings, see Groups and Groupings. For more information on manual grade calculations, contact ITRC.
For more information on restricting access, see Conditional Release or contact ITRC.
This section sets the conditions under which Moodle ISU will consider the activity to be complete. For more information on completion tracking, see Completion Tracking.
Once you have selected all of your options:
- Click Save and display to add new entries to the Glossary.
- Click Save and return to course to be taken back to the main course page.
- Click Cancel to NOT save the Glossary.
Note: The new activity will always appear at the bottom of the list within the week/topic you have chosen. Use the 4-sided arrow to drag and drop the activity to the desired location.
For more information, see Glossary Module.
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