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In this course, author Chris Mattia explores Moodle's rich learning environment and helps students successfully navigate a typical Moodle course. Serving as a reference guide, the course provides instruction on key Moodle functions, such as posting materials to student's blog, participating in live chats with other students, completing assignments online, accessing grades and instructor feedback, and more.
Now let's have a look at the glossary activity. In this Coral Reef Ecology course that we've been working with, in the header block there's two glossaries listed out. The first one is the main Course Glossary and the second one is the Bibliographic References. If we go into the Course Glossary we can see that there is a place where we can search for terms, we can browse by a variety of different methods, and then if we scroll down we can see a few terms that have been added to the glossary for us. The first term is Hermatypic Coral, and the second one is Zooxanthellae, and there is a description under each of those.
If we'd like we can add comments to these by simply clicking the drop-down menu here for Comments and we can contribute some information about Hermatypic Corals directly here underneath of the Comments section, and that will be appended to the overall description. Now just having a glossary is pretty useful, but how does this translate into the rest of our course? Now Moodle can take terms that are showing up in our glossary and automatically link them anywhere they appear throughout our course. As an example if we scroll back up to the top when I click back on our Biology 432 course link we can come down to Week 1 where we have an article about Coral Zooxanthellae Symbiosis.
I can go and click on that article and here is that same article that we opened up earlier that had a bunch of information that our instructor wanted us to read about the Coral Zooxanthellae Symbiosis. As I start moving my mouse over top of some of the terms that we have here we will notice that Hermatypic Coral is hyperlinked, and if I click on the link for that I'll get a pop-up window that will give me the definition of that coral. I can click OK and then I can hover my mouse over top of another word such as Zooxanthellae. I click on that word that will pop up the definition that I found inside of my glossary.
Well there is Hermatypic Coral again that's linked inside of the glossary. So if I don't know what that means I can click on it and it will take me right back to that definition. I can hit OK for each of these windows to clear him out of the way. The other thing that's very helpful about the glossary is that if we go back to our main course we can see the other glossary that we have set up is our Bibliographic References library. I'll go ahead and click a Bibliographic References glossary. When I go into that glossary I can see there are variety of different entries here, each of them have a term that's been defined that shows me the name of a particular article.
This is how I would cite an article in one of these papers, and then I have the full citation for that article just below it. So with hyperlinking turned on if now we go back into our main course and we go back into the Coral Zooxanthellae Symbiosis article that we were just reading, as I move my mouse around inside of the article I can start finding references that when I click on the reference I can see the full citation of that article listed in here. Now the nice part about this is that this will actually work anywhere within our course.
It will work inside of our wikis. It will work inside of text documents and web pages that have been created as part of our course. So the glossaries are very powerful tools that an instructor can use to help cross-link information around inside of your course and you're able to contribute to them by clicking inside of a glossary and using the Comment function to be able to add comments. Some instructors may even have you add additional entries to the glossary. If this is the case then simply click on the Add a new entry button to add a new concept into the glossary.
In this case I'll add the Concept of Atoll, and for the Definition I will simply enter in "A type of coral reef that forms a complete or nearly complete circle with a shallow lagoon in the middle." I can then scroll down. I can add some keywords such as Reef Type. I can add an attachment if I want such as an image and then scroll down a little bit further.
Here I can check the box that says This entry should be auto-linked and leave the boxes for This entry is case- sensitive and Match whole words only unchecked. That way any time the word Atoll appears anywhere inside of some text it will automatically be hyperlinked to this definition. I can scroll down to the bottom and hit the Save changes button and now Atoll is listed as one of the entries here in our glossary. I can view all of the glossary entries again by clicking on the All link and now Atoll appears right here with all of the other entries inside of our class glossary.
I'll go ahead and return back to my course by scrolling back up and hitting the Biology 432 link.
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