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How to create a glossary  MEDIUM

  • In your Moodle space Turn Editing On
  • Click Add an activity
  • Select Glossary
  • Give it a Name and a Description and choose the number of entries to show per page (default 10)
  • Check other settings (normally defaults are fine except that I prefer NOT to Automatically link glossary entries)
  • Click Save

One of the settings you can choose is display format. This is useful if you are using the tool as an FAQ or would like to show a really simple dictionary style entry or a fuller one with names of the students who contributed the items.

There are 7 display formats:

  • Simple, dictionary style - No authors are displayed and attachments are shown as links
  • Continuous without author - Entries are displayed one after another without any separation apart from the editing icons
  • Full with author - A forum-like display format showing the author's data and with attachments shown as links
  • Full without author - A forum-like display format without authors and with attachments shown as links
  • Encyclopedia - As for "Full with author" but attached images are shown inline
  • Entry list - Concepts are listed as links
  • FAQ - The words QUESTION and ANSWER are appended to the concept and definition respectively

Once the Glossary has been created you can start adding entries.

To add an entry

  • Enter the glossary instance
  • Click Add an entry
  • Type Concept and Definition
  • Add a file or keywords if you wish 
  • Click Save changes

How to add categories

  • You can divide your glossary entries into categorie
  • Enter the glossary instance
  • Click Browse by category
  • Click Edit categories
  • Click Add category
  • Type the category Name (e.g., Moodle terms)

You can create a glossary outside Moodle and import it to save time

This is a bit complicated as it has to be an XML file. However, there is a tool available to convert an .xls file into xml for import…MoodleGlossary.xls

Create your glossary in excel using this file: MoodleGlossary.xls. The minimum required is concept and definition: the macro tells you what to do. Note: there seems to be a bug which ignores the last entry, so put a fake entry on the last line.

  1. Make sure macros are enabled
  2. Run the macro, which produces an xml file, which you save.

To import glossary entries via an XML file:

  1. Create a glossary: Click Save and display   OR Edit a glossary
  2. Within the glossary, in Settings on the left hand side, follow the "Import entries" link.
  3. Browse for the XML file on your computer.
  4. Select the destination for the new entries, either the current glossary or a new one.
  5. If you want to import category information, click the checkbox.
  6. Click the "Save changes" button. You'll then see a report of the entries and categories added to the glossary. If you enabled duplicate entries when you created the glossary, the import process will add all of the new definitions. Otherwise, it will not allow you to import any duplicate entries.

Note that Glossaries are Activities not Resources: i.e. it is intended that students are able to add their own definitions to the glossary, not just that the glossary is a static teacher-created resource.

 

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