How Do I Use the Glossary Activity?

Valid for Moodle 2.8.  Updated on 7/30/2015.The Glossary activities allows students to define words and concepts using text, images and graphics. There is a block that can display a random entry from the glossary.

For moving glossary entries to another course see the section Export/Import Entries at the bottom of this page.

Adding a Glossary

  1. From your course page, turn editing on and go to the Topic or Week in which you want to add the forum.
  2. Click on the Add an activity drop-down box and select Glossary to get the new forum interface or you can select Glossary from the activity chooser.

    Glossary creation
    1. General: Every glossary needs a name and description.  Only administrators can create a global glossary. The entries in a secondary glossary can be automatically imported into a primary glossary.
    2. Entries: The entries section controls the individual entries that go into the database. You can require that you approve an entry before others see it or prevent duplicate entries. The Automatically link glossary entries item builds links in other parts of your moodle course when ever terms defined in the glossary are used.
    3. Appearance: The appearance section controls some of the layout features of the glossary. The default values are usually fine.
    4. Grades: Like most activities, the glossary will automatically create an item in the gradebook. You can set which category you want to place the activity in.
    5. Ratings: You can have students' entries rated. The Grade section deals with some of the options for rating. In most cases the defaults will be fine.
    6. Common module settings and Restrict access are standard activity options. Most of the time the default values will be fine.

  3. When done click one of the two save buttons at the bottom of the page.

Using the Glossary

When the student opens the glossary activity they are presented with a variety of ways to display current entries, including the ability to see entry by author, which can be valuable to the instructor.

Basic display  

To create a new entry, the user click on the Add a new Entry button. This would bring up the new entry form.

New Entry

Export/Import Entries

If you try to move a glossary from an old course to a new one using the standard course import all you will get will be the layout and structure of the gallery. To import the entries you'll need to go to the source gallery and use the Export option to export the contents to a file. Then you will need to go to the target glossary and import the file. Even doing it this way, any images connected to the glossary will be lost.  There is no way to move images from one glossary to another.

The Export and Import options can be reached by first going to the glossary activity. There will now be an glossary administration block inside of the Administration block. The options are in this block. For the export use the CSV option.