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With every course that you teach, there are going to be many terms and concepts that you need to convey to your student. It'll be very helpful if you had contextual help for those terms so that any time the student encountered those terms throughout their course, they would be able to get directly to a definition or detailed explanation as to what that term or concept is. And in Moodle there's an activity type called Glossary that is perfect for this style of teaching. To get started building your main glossary, be sure that editing is turned on.
And then in the header block of your course, click on the dropdown menu for Add an activity and select Glossary. For the name of this glossary, we will simply type in Course Glossary. For the Description, we'll type in Main course glossary of terms and concepts. Go ahead and scroll down in the page and let's look at the various different settings and options that we have available to us within the glossary.
The first option asks us how many entries that we would like to show per page. As you go through your course and you have more and more entries into your glossary, it's oftentimes helpful to limit the number of entries that you find on each individual page so that your page doesn't end up with this long list of terms and concepts. I like to leave mine set to the default of 10 terms per page. The next option of glossary type allows you to select either Main or Secondary glossary. Now within each course, you can only have one Main glossary. You can have many Secondary glossaries, but you can only have one main one.
In this case we are going to be setting up our Main glossary for the course. In a later movie, we will create a Secondary glossary and show you how that works. The next option Duplicate entries allowed. We want to leave this set to No because we only want each term in our glossary to appear at one time. Allow comments on entries, let's go ahead and change this to Yes. That way students can come in and add additional information or feedback to each glossary entry. Allow print view. It would be very helpful many times to have our students to be able to print out a page that has the glossary entry with its definition on it.
Automatically link glossary entries. This is a great option to have set on. And in a later movie, I will show you how to make sure that the server is enabled to have auto-linking turned on. This will allow terms that show up in your glossary to automatically show up as contextual hyperlinks elsewhere in your course. Approved by default. Since initially it's going to be primarily the instructor that's adding the terms into the glossary, we don't need to go through and make sure that every single term automatically goes through an approval process. But if it's the case where you want to have your students constantly adding all of the new entries into your glossary and adding the terms in, you may want to set this to No so that any time a term is added into the glossary, you get a chance as the instructor to go in and evaluate whether or not the term has been properly defined before it's released to the rest of the class.
The Simple, dictionary style is perfect for the initial Display option. There are many different options here that you're able to select to show how you want each glossary entry to appear within the glossary. I encourage you to go in and explore some of these different options. Show 'Special' link. We are going to go ahead and leave this set to Yes. That way if students want to use special characters in their search parameters as they're searching for specific terms, they're able to do so. Show alphabet. When a user goes into a glossary, there will be a list of all of the letters of the alphabet.
So a student can click on a particular letter in the alphabet and jump directly to that section of the glossary. This is a very helpful thing to have turned on. So we'll go ahead and leave that set to Yes. Show ALL links. When a student begins to browse through your glossary, we've limited each page of the glossary to only show 10 terms. If we leave the Show ALL link, then a student would be able to click the ALL link and see every single term that's listed inside the glossary. It's also a great way to get back to the main listing of the glossary if the student has been browsing around within a particular letter or area of the alphabet.
The last option, Edit always. If you want to set up your glossary so that once you create the glossary, the students are no longer able to go in and edit any of the content, you may want to go ahead and leave this set to No. But in our case, I'd like to be able to have the students to be able to go in and edit definitions and add additional information as we go along. So I am going to go ahead and set this option to Yes. Okay, let's go ahead and scroll down on the page. Now we are not going to be grading the glossary. But if we were we could select the dropdown menu and assign this glossary to a particular area of our grade book.
The next section of Ratings would allow students to rate different definitions that appear within the glossary. We are going to currently leave this set to No ratings. Let's go ahead and scroll down to the bottom of the page and we want to make sure that the visibility for this glossary is set to Show and we are not going to worry about adding an ID number. Go ahead and click Save and return to course. And we can see right here in the top of the header block is the link to our Course Glossary. We can go ahead and go into that glossary. Here is the alphabetical listing that we enabled. There is the link for ALL and there is a button here to be able to add new entries.
There is also a few other tabs that are set up to allow students to browse around through the glossary by a variety of different topics. And of course, there is a search field to search throughout the glossary. In the upper right-hand corner, there is a print button to allow the students to print a printer friendly version of the glossary. In the next movie, we will begin adding terms into our glossary.
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