Moodle contains a Glossary tool for embedding glossaries of terms used by academics and students in the course.
This page shows you how to create a Glossary in Moodle and add entries to it.
Step by step instructions
- On the course home page, click Turn editing on.
- In the appropriate section, click Add an activity or resource, select Glossary from the pop-up list and click Add.
- On the Adding a new Glossary page, enter the Name and Description for the glossary, and tick the check box if you want to Display description on course page.
- Select the Glossary type. A Main glossary is a glossary into which entries from a Secondary glossary can be imported.
- There can only be one main glossary in a course. If you will not be needing the glossary entry import function, you can make all the course glossaries secondary glossaries.
Under Entries, select whether you want:
- entries to be Approved by default, that is, there will be no requirement for the instructor to approve them before users can view
- to Always allow editing of entries, or to limit editing to a nominated editing time
- Duplicate entries allowed, that is, multiple entries can have the same concept name
- to Allow comments on entries by participants with the right permissions
to Automatically link glossary entries wherever the concept word/phrase is used throughout the course.
- Select the most appropriate Display format.
- At Approval display format, select the most appropriate display format for entries to be presented for approval.
- Change the number of Entries show per page, if you want to.
- Select Yes for Show alphabet links if you want users to be able to browse the glossary in alphabetical order.
- Select Yes for Show 'ALL' link if you want users to be able to browse all glossary entries at once.
- Select Yes for Show 'Special' link if you want users to be able to browse using special characters, such as @ or #
- Select Yes for Allow print view if you want to provide students with a link to a printer-friendly version of the glossary—this is always provided for teachers, as shown below:
Under RSS feed, if you want to enable an RSS feed for this activity, select whether you want the authors' names to display, and the Number of RSS recent articles you want to display (usually between 5 and 20).
- Under Grade, select a Grade category in which you want the glossary to be included.
- Under Ratings, if you want students to rate glossary entries, select an Aggregate type and Restrict ratings to entries contributed within an appropriate date range.
- Complete the remaining page sections as relevant and click Save and display.
- The glossary displays, and you can now start adding entries. (If you want to make changes to the way the glossary displays, return to the course home page and click the glossary's Update icon.)
If you want to check that students have permission to rate glossary entries, in the Settings block click Permissions.
On the Permissions page, scroll down to Activity: Glossary > Rate entries. If the Student role is not listed among the roles with permission to rate, click the Allow icon .
On the Allow role page, select Student in the drop-down list and click Allow. The Permissions page displays again, with Student also listed; you can use the Prevent icon to remove the permission to rate.
Access the glossary's page, by either:
- creating a glossary activity, as described above, or
- in the course home page, clicking the glossary activity's link.
- Click Add a new entry.
On the Add a new entry page:
- Enter the Concept (glossary term).
- Enter the Definition. To insert graphics or illustrative videos so that they will display correctly in the random Glossary Entry block, follow the instructions below.
- Enter any Keywords with which you want this concept and definition to be searchable.
- Add any Attachments if necessary.
- If you are using auto-linking, specify any Auto-linking rules.
- Click Save changes.
- The new entry displays on the glossary's home page, where you can export, delete or edit it.
It's important to specify the width of any graphic or video you add to a glossary entry as 260 pixels. Any element larger than this will not be fully visible in the random Glossary Entry block—users will have to scroll to see the full display.
To add a graphic to a glossary entry:
On the Add a new entry page, in the text editor, click the Insert/edit image icon.
In the Insert/edit image window, browse for and upload the image, then click the Appearance tab.
In the Appearance page, if the first of the two Dimensions of the picture is greater than 260 pixels (px), change that dimension to 260. When you click out of that field, the other dimension will adjust automatically so that the image is not distorted.
To add a video to a glossary entry:
- Choose the YouTube option from the File Picker.
2. Search for a relevant video.
3. Select the video you wish to add.
4. Click the Select this File option.
5. Click Insert to add the video.