The â€œGlossaryâ€ option adds a flexible way to present definitions (and more) that can be linked through your entire class site. For example, if you define the term â€œsonnetâ€ and the word sonnet comes up in a forum discussion, the word sonnet will appear as a link that will take the user to the definition. To add a Glossary, select â€œGlossaryâ€ from the â€œAdd an activityâ€ pull-down menu. This will take you to the Glossary screen:
Name: This field can be anything you like â€“ it is the name that shows up on the class page. For my example, I will call it â€œComputer Terms.â€
Description: This can be anything you like. This does support formatting (bold, italics, etc.) by using the tool-bar.
Entries shown per page: This is useful to help users with slow connections. If you limit the entries to 10 or 15 per page, the load time is faster. If you do not specify a number, the system will load every definition.
Glossary Type: This can be either â€œSecondary glossaryâ€ or â€œMain glossary.â€ You can only have one Main Glossary for your entire classroom. You may have as many Secondary Glossaries as you like. Entries from Secondary Glossaries can be transferred to the Main Glossary. This allows you to build a Main Glossary with the definitions you want from any definition in the Secondary Glossaries. Students cannot modify a Main Glossary.
Duplicated entries allowed: This sets if students can define a term more than once (if two or more students can define â€œsonnetâ€ or the like).
Allow comments on entries: This sets if others in the class can make comments on glossary entries or not.
Allow print view: Students can be allowed to use the print view of the glossary. You can choose whether this feature is enabled or disabled. Teachers always can use the print view.
Automatically link glossary entries: If this option is set to â€œYesâ€, then every time a term is used anywhere on the site, the term will link to the definition in the glossary. For example, if I define sonnet, and someone uses the term sonnet in a forum discussion, the word sonnet will become a link to the definition I wrote.
Approved by default: If this setting is set to â€œNo,â€ then all student entries must be approved by the teacher before they become available to everyone. If this is set to â€œYes,â€ then all entries are available to everyone.
Display format: This sets how the glossary will appear to the students. There are several choices: