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.
- Click Add.
- 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, Check 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.
- Click Filters.
- In the Filter settings window, Locate Glossary auto-linking and use the dropdown menu to change the option to Off.
- Click Save changes.
Specifies how entries in the Glossary will look and how it is 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, 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.
- Grade category - is an option that allows you to put the grade into the different categories you have already created in your gradebook.
- For more information, see Gradebook: Using the Gradebook.
- Grade to pass - Determines the minimum grade required to pass.
Note: This section will not be available once you have started the assignment and your students gain access to it.
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
For more information, see Activity Completion.
- 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 delete 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.
For additional information, contact ITRC - (208)-282-5880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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