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Moodle is an online tool that allows educators to interact with students outside the classroom and manage a course from anywhere. In Moodle Essential Training for Teachers, Chris Mattia shows how this program works for teachers on three levels: disseminating information, creating a forum where ideas are exchanged, and assessing the progress of students. Chris shows how to build course materials with Moodle's HTML editor, post assignments, and save time by using Moodle's grade book to evaluate tests automatically and organize scores. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now that we have set up our Glossary, let's go ahead and begin adding terms or concept to that Glossary. To do this make sure you are inside of your Glossary and click on the Add a new entry button. The first term or Concept we are going to add is Zooxanthellae. For description, we'll simply put "A brown endosymbiotic algae commonly found in Hermatypic Corals." We will go ahead and scroll down and if we have set up Categories already, Categories will be listed here that we could categorize our Concepts in. We currently don't have any set up. So we'll go ahead and leave that blank. Next we have the ability to add keywords if we wanted additional keywords to be associated with this entry.
If we wanted to attach a file to this entry we could do that here by simply clicking the Browse button. We could simply then select the file and then click the Open button to attach a description, image, or some other document to our file. If we want to have autolinking available for this particular item we would check that here. We'll go ahead and set that option to on. autolinking is a tool that Moodle has so that anytime this term shows up anywhere inside of our Moodle course, it will be hyperlinked directly back to the definition that we have here inside of our Glossary. This function is typically not turned on by default in most servers. So you are going to have to work with your IT department to make sure that it's enabled. And we'll show you how to do that in a later movie.
This entry is case sensitive. We don't want to select this because we want anytime that the word Zooxanthellae shows up throughout our site, whether it's capitalized or not, we want it to be hyperlinked back to this definition. We'll go ahead and check Match whole words only so that it would require an exact match of the word Zooxanthellae to autolink back to the definition. Go ahead and click the Save changes button and you can see that the first entry has been added here in our Glossary. You can also see on the lower right-hand side that we have the ability to add a comment, delete the record, or edit the record from right here inside of our Glossary.
Let's go ahead and add a second entry by clicking on the Add a new entry. The second concept we'll add in is Hermatypic Coral. For the Definition we'll add, A Reef Building Coral. You will notice that the Definition is inside of a standard HTML editor inside of Moodle. So anything that you have learned about how to use the HTML editor and how to incorporate media from other sites, create web links, formatting text, are all possible to do inside of the Definition. So you can create a very rich experience of content and make it available to your students.
Let's go ahead and scroll down to the bottom and we'll enable autolinking for this item as well. We'll also set the Match whole words only. We'll click the Save changes button. No we are brought back to see the term that we have just added, its definition, and our ability to edit that term. In the next movie, we'll go ahead and explore the uses of autolinking with the Glossary.
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