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2.2.9 Glossary

The “Glossary” 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 “sonnet” 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 “Glossary” from the “Add an activity” pull-down menu. This will take you to the Glossary screen:


Name: This field can be anything you like – it is the name that shows up on the class page. For my example, I will call it “Computer Terms.”

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 “Secondary glossary” or “Main glossary.” 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 “sonnet” 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 “Yes”, 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 “No,” then all student entries must be approved by the teacher before they become available to everyone. If this is set to “Yes,” then all entries are available to everyone.

Display format: This sets how the glossary will appear to the students. There are several choices:

- Simple, dictionary style – this presents the terms like a dictionary, in alphabetical order. Any attachments are shown as links. Author information is not presented.
- Continuous without author – this presents the terms as one big page, and sorts the terms by date. The author is not indicated.
- Encyclopedia – this presents the terms like an encyclopedia. All uploaded images are seen in the article, and the author is indicated.
- Entry list – this presents the terms as a list of the terms with no definitions. Your Moodle administrator must set what happens when you click on the term – it may or may not show the definition depending on what is set by the administrator.
- FAQ – this presents the terms as a frequently asked question forum. The term’s “Name” field will be presented as a question, and the “Description” field will be given as the answer.
- Full with author – this is similar to the “Encyclopedia” setting, except attachments are seen as links instead of being in the definition. Author information is given.
- Full without author – this is the same as “Full with author,” except no author information is given. This looks very much like the “Simple, dictionary style” except time and date information is given.

The “Adding a new Glossary” screen:


Show 'Special' link: if this setting is set to yes, it allows students to browse using special characters (like $ % #).

Show alphabet: if this is set to yes, it allows students to browse by letter of the alphabet.

Show ‘ALL’ link: if this is set to yes, it allows students to list all entries in the glossary at once.

Edit always link: if this is set to yes, then students can edit their glossary entries at any time. If this is set to no, students cannot edit their entries once they are submitted.