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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 seen how to create a main glossary, add data to it, auto link it back to our course and allow students to be able to edit the data inside of the glossary, let's go ahead and further enhance our site by adding a reference library that is a secondary glossary for our course. To do this, in the Header section for our course, click on the dropdown for Add an activity and go down and click on Glossary and name this Glossary, Reference Library.
For Description, we'll simply say, Bibliographic References Used throughout this course. Then go ahead and scroll down. We'll take the default setting of ten items per page. We don't want to allow duplicate entries. We do want to allow students to add comments. So we'll go ahead and say Yes on that. We will leave all the other options set to Yes and change Edit Always to also set to Yes. We'll go ahead and scroll down in the list. Leave Visibility set to on. We'll save and display our glossary. Now we'll begin adding entries. If you are following along with the Exercise Files, looking up out of the Chapter 9 folder the week 1 references.txt. This is the listing of the suggested readings for week 1.
Let's go ahead and select the reference for Phillip Duston 1979 article, select the whole reference and copy it by hitting Command or Ctrl+C. Then we'll return back to Moodle. Click the button for Add a new entry. Inside of the Definition blank, press Command or Ctrl+V to paste the full text or the reference inside of here. Then in the Concept at the top, type in how you would cite this paper. It should be Duston 1979. Go ahead and scroll down on the list. We are not going to add any Keywords, Categories or Attachments but we do want to have Auto Linking turned on and we don't want to have Match whole words so that any partial reference will auto link to this item. Go ahead and click the Save Changes button.
We now have the full reference inside of the secondary glossary. To now see how the secondary reference is going to work inside of our course, go back to the course by clicking on BIOL432. Now, when we scroll down in the listing of activities and we click on the paper for Coral Zooxanthellae Symbiosis that we created earlier in the training. Now not only are the terms Hermatypic coral and zooxanthellae linked back to their definitions, but as we continue to add references into the glossary, those references as they appeared inside of a paper, if you click on that, will open up a link to the full reference of that paper. Furthermore, because the term zooxanthellae is listed inside of this reference, if we click on that, it then gives us the description and the definition of the term.
Go ahead and close the window and let's return back to our course. The use of primary and secondary glossaries inside of a Moodle course gives you a lot of flexibility for defining terms, concepts and adding materials to make them contextually aware throughout your Moodle course. Just make sure that Auto Linking is enabled on your sever. If it's not enabled by default, you may need to contact your IT department and ask them to turn it on.
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