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Now, let's go ahead and unlock the full potential of the glossary activity. In this movie, we're going to go ahead and we're going to create a secondary glossary that's going to contain all of the bibliographical references that we want our students to be able to look at throughout this term. After we create the glossary, we're also going to import an XML file that contains all of these references. To begin, make sure you're in the header block and click the dropdown menu for Add an activity and select Glossary. For the Name of this activity, simply type-in Bibliographical References.
In the Description, type-in Bibliographic references used throughout this course. Go ahead, and scroll down on the page, and let's set up a few of the settings for this glossary. We do want 10 entries per page. We want to make sure that the Glossary type is set to Secondary glossary. Then we want to change Allow comments on entries to Yes, and we always want to allow edits, so we'll set that one to Yes. Everything else should be left at the default. Go ahead and scroll all the way to the bottom and then hit the Save and display button.
This will take us directly into the glossary without having to go back to the main page of the course. Now, let's go ahead and import an XML file that contains all of the references that we need for the course. Over in the left-hand column under Settings, you have a section for Glossary administration, and one of the links here is Import entries. Go ahead and click on Import entries, and now click the Choose a file link. This is going to open up an Upload a file link, and allow us to browse for a file. Now before we browse for this file, let's go ahead and minimize our browser and have a look at the XML file and the text file that I have on screen.
XML stands for Extended Markup Language, and there are many courses here in the lynda.com Online Training Library that can help you learn about creating your own and editing an XML file. Now, all that is beyond the scope of this course, but I've gone ahead and created this XML file for us to be able to import in. I want to take a quick look at the file and see how it's constructed. I can go ahead and twirl up some of these items here and here we can see that there's both an opening and a closing tag to describe the content that's going to be inside of it.
So here we've got the GLOSSARY tag, underneath of that we have an INFO tag. Inside of INFO we have ENTRIES and ENTRIES is where all of the bibliographic references are going to be contained. Then inside of each entry, there is a variety of different specific tags that have to be here, including CONCEPT, DEFINITION, FORMAT, USEDYNALINK, CASESENSITIVE, FULLMATCH, TEACHERENTRY. each of these values have either a 1 for on or a 0 for off.
Then there are additional entry tags that repeat, that contained each of the bibliographical references that we're going to import. If you want to create your own file, I've also included in the Chapter 09 exercise file a references.txt file that contains the full text of all of the references that I've used inside of this XML file. The other way to go ahead and create all of these entries is to simply go through and add the entries one by one into the online glossary. Okay, enough about the XML file. Let's go ahead and go back to our browser and inside the File Picker we'll click the Browse button and select references. xml from the Chapter 09 exercise files.
Go ahead and hit the Open button and then click the Upload this file button. We want to make sure that we're importing into the current glossary, and we're not going to import any categories. Go ahead and hit the Submit button and we can see that there were 6 total entries in the XML file that were found and Moodle imported all 6 entries. Go ahead and hit the Continue button and now we're taken back into our glossary. If we scroll down, we can see that each one of the references was imported in, auto-linking is working because if I hover my mouse over top of the term Zooxanthellae inside of Dustan 1979, we can see that we're cross-linked over into our main gallery.
Now let's go ahead and look at how powerful this tool is. Go ahead and scroll back up to the top of your page and let's return back to our course and then scroll down on the page to the Chapter 01 Lecture Materials and let's go back into that Coral Zooxanthellae Symbiosis link. Now as we move our mouse around on the page, anytime we go over top of a reference, such as Glynn 1993 or Stimson and Kinzie 1991, we can click on the link and we can see the full reference. Now, how exactly did this work? Well, if we look inside of here, we can see that we've cited inside of this paper in a standard citation format.
so Glynn 1993, Stimson and Kinzie 1991, Dustan 1979 and so forth. Let's go ahead and go back to our course one more time and go back into the bibliography. Go ahead, and scroll down a little bit, and let's look at this Glynn 1993 article. Go ahead and hit the Edit button next to it. We've listed the concept to be exactly how he would cite this article as a reference embedded in a scientific paper with the definition being the full citation. We've also down here in the Auto-linking, made sure that Auto-linking was turned on, and then we've unchecked the Match whole words.
That way, any portion of this concept that shows up inside of one of the other blocks of text, inside of our Moodle course, will automatically link to the full reference. Now, notice here, you can also add an attachment. So if you have a full reprint of this article that you want to be able to provide out to your students, then you can go ahead and simply click the Add button here for Attachments, link that PDF file directly here to this article, and then embed it directly in any text that you have throughout your course. A student could be able to click on the link to the reference and not only get the full citation of that article, but they can actually read the full paper as well.
Go ahead and return back to your course. I hope has given you a good overview as to how powerful the glossary activities are within your Moodle course. Just make sure that you have Auto-linking turned on. You may need to contact your IT department to make sure that it's enabled on your server if you don't have access to the administration screens of Moodle.
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