How Do I Use the Glossary Activity?

Valid for Moodle 2.5.  Updated on 1/22/2014.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.

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. Detailed descriptions of the various sections of the setup page are provided below.

    1. General: Every glossary needs a name and description.  Only administrations can create a global glossary. The entries in a secondary glossary can be automatically imported into a primary glossary.General section of settings

    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 entriesitem builds links in other parts of your moodle course when ever terms defined in the glossary are used.

      Entries section
    3. Appearance: The appearance section controls some of the layout features of the glossary. The default values are usually fine.

      Appearance section
    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.