Create and maintain a list of definitions within your Moodle course by using the glossary feature

Did you know you can create and maintain a knowledge bank for your learners within your Moodle course by using the glossary feature?

Much like a dictionary, the glossary can be used to help learners find the meaning of phrases within their course.

It also has additional features to help one’s learning journey, which we will find out more about soon.

A glossary makes it easy to find the information needed as entries can be searched or browsed in different formats and put into categories.

A glossary can also be a collaborative activity, where learners can add key terms to build their knowledge. Or if you prefer, entries can be restricted to only been made by the teacher/educator.

In addition, the auto-linking feature will highlight any word in the course which is located in the glossary.

 Moodle glossary
So how do you make a glossary within your Moodle course?

  1. Click the gear menu and turn editing on.
  2. Choose the section where you want to add a glossary in your Moodle course and click the link “add an activity or resource”.
  3. You will then see the activity chooser (glossary is an activity because learners interact with it), click “add”.
  4. You will now be able to customise your glossary by:
    a) adding a glossary name,
    b) choosing how you want the glossary to appear,
    c) writing the description,
    d) linking entries and,
    e) deciding who you want to be able to contribute to the glossary.
  5. Once you are happy with your glossary set up, click “save and display”.
  6. You can now add your first term, using the “add new entry button”. When adding a term, first write the word then its meaning. Once you have done this you can also add keywords, attachments and links.

For more information about using the glossary in Moodle, check out our documentation.

Or watch the explainer video below:

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