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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.
In every single course, there are a variety of terms and concepts that students need to get in order to master the content that's been presented to them. Moodle has a built-in glossary activity that will accomplish this goal quite nicely. Now after watching the last chapter, you may think, how about if I just create a custom database? And you can do that. However, the glossary activity is already set up and will enable you to get a similar functionality without all the complexities of the database. To begin, let's create a glossary inside of the header section for our course.
That way the main glossary will be available to students throughout the entire term of our course. To do this, simply click the dropdown menu for Add an activity inside of the header block, and select Glossary from the dropdown menu. We will name the Glossary, Main Glossary. For Description, we'll simply add in, Main Glossary of Terms and Concepts. We'll go ahead and scroll down and begin looking at the various different settings that we can set up inside of our Glossary.
The first option, Entries shown per page will allow us to define how many entries show up on each page of our Glossary. As we start getting more and more entries of terms and concepts into the Glossary, our list can grow quite large. So by limiting the number of entries per page, it will make the information much more manageable for our students. For Glossary Type, there's two types of glossaries, a Secondary glossary and a Main glossary. Each course can only have one Main glossary but it can have many Secondary glossaries. So in this case, we'll go ahead and set up the Main glossary and then in a later movie we'll create a second glossary that have a subset of terms that will be targeted for a particular function.
The next option allow duplicate entries, we'll go ahead and leave that set to No because we only want one entry per term or concept. Allow comments on entries, this is a great thing to turn on. So we'll go ahead and hit Yes. What this is going to allow the students to do is anytime they go into the Glossary and they are working with a term, they will be able to add comments and updates for additional information about that particular entry. So it's a great way to have students participate in the development of materials for your course. Allow print view, yes this will be great to have the students to be able to print out the entire glossary. Automatically link glossary entries, go ahead and select Yes on this. In a later movie, we'll show you how to set up autolinking on the server in case it's not enabled. If it is on already in your server, anytime a glossary term appears inside of your course, it will be automatically linked to the definition in the Glossary. This is a great way to provide contextual help throughout your entire course.
Approved by default, go ahead and leave this set to Yes as the instructor is more than likely the one who is going to be entering in the information into the Glossary that's going to be going out to students. You can set it up so that students are able to enter and edit information inside of the Glossary. But it's not the default setting. And we'll show you in a later movie how to enable that. Display format, there are a variety of different formats that you can display the information inside of your Glossary. The Simple, dictionary style is going to work for us. It's going to give us a listing of the terms and the definitions associated with that term. Feel free to go in and explore the other display types.
We will go ahead and leave Show 'Special' link, alphabet, and 'ALL' link set to Yes. This will provide the most flexibility for users when they come in and try and search our Glossary. Edit always, here we can select whether or not we want the entries to be editable by other users. We'll go ahead and set this to Yes, so we can allow editing of our entries. Go ahead and scroll down. The next section here is for Grade. If we check the box for Use ratings, then we can choose which type of user, whether it be just the teachers or everyone to be able to rate the various different entries that are entered into our Glossary. We can also then choose how we want to grade those different entries.
For this exercise though, we'll uncheck Use ratings because we are not going to Grade this activity. If we wanted to restrict the date range for when the Glossary was available to our students, we could select that here. We do want the Glossary to be available all the time, so we'll make sure that the Visibility is set to Show. We don't need an ID number and we are not going to grade the activity, so we don't need to worry about the Grade category. Go ahead and click, Save and return to course. You can see now that in the header section of our course, we now have an entry from Main Glossary. Go ahead and click on Main Glossary and it will take us into our course glossary.
In the next movie, we'll step to the process of adding the first term or concept into our Glossary.
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