Moodle 3: Activities & Resources: Glossary Settings

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A Glossary is a collaborative activity in which instructors and students can create a list of concepts and their definitions. Entry pages for concepts can contain formatted text, images, and attached files. Participants can provide comments and rate individual entries, turning the glossary into a graded assignment activity. For instructions on adding a glossary to your course, see Moodle 3: Activities & Resources: Add a Glossary.

PLEASE NOTE: Glossary entries are not backed up and restored when new courses are created each semester. To migrate a glossary to a new course, the glossary needs to be exported from the old course and then imported into the new course.

Glossary Settings:

General Settings

In the General settings, the instructor can designate a title and provide a description or instructions for the glossary. The instructor can also designate the type of glossary: main or secondary. A main glossary is a glossary in which entries from secondary glossaries can be imported. There can only be 1 main glossary in a course. If the instructor does not plan to import entries, all glossaries in a course can be set as secondary glossaries.

Glossary settings/general settings in moodle 3

Entries Settings

The entry settings allow instructors to choose the following options:

Approved by default: If set to 'No,' entris require instructor approval before being visible to everyone

Always allow editing: This specifies whether students can always edit their entries, or if they have a time restriction of 30 minutes in which to make edits after posting

Duplicate entries allowed: If allowed, mulitple entries can have the same concept name

Allow comments on entries: If enabled, all participants with permission to reate comments will be able to comment on the entries

Autmatically link glossary entries: If site-wide glossary auto-linking has been enabled by a Moodle Administrator and this setting is enabled, the "Add a new entry" form  will include the option to automatically link the entry wherever the concept words and phrases appear throughout the rest of the course.

Glossary settings/entries settings in moodle 3

Appearance Settings

Instructors can choose from 7 display formats:

  • Simple, dictionary style - No authors are displayed and attachments are shown as links
  • Continuous without author - Entries are displayed one after another without any separation apart from the editing icons
  • Full with author - A forum-like display format showing the author's data and with attachments hown as links
  • Full without author - A forum-like display format without authors and with attachments shown as links
  • Encyclopedia - Same as "Full with author," but attached images are shown inline
  • Entry list - Concepts are listed as links
  • FAQ - The words QUESTIONS and ANSWER are appended to the concept and definition respectively

The instructor can also choose options for the display format if entries require approval, how many entries to display on one page, and to show various links for browsing purposes. Finally, the instructor can choose to allow a printer-friendly view of the glossary to students. (The link is always available to instructors.)

Glossary settings/appearance settings in moodle 3

RSS Settings

If using the Moodle RSS feeder, this setting specifies how many entries are visible in the feed.

Glossary settings/RSS settings in moodle 3

Grade Settings

In the this section, instructors can choose a grade category IF they have already created categories in the gradebook.

NOTE: Ratings must be enabled before the Grade menu will appear in the settings. (Enable the ratings, save the changes, and then go back into the settings to select a grade category.)

Glossary settings/grade settings in moodle 3

Ratings Settings

Instructors can grade glossary entries by setting up the Ratings options. Entries use a rating scale which you can customize. The aggregate type is how all the ratings are combined to form the final grade. If a Point Scale is used (recommended), the Maximum Grade should be changed to reflect the scale (0 to 5, for example).

Instructors can also Restrict ratings to items within a specific date/time range. For example, only glossary entries made by the deadline will be rated if this setting is enabled.

Glossary settings/ratings settings in moodle 3

Common Module Settings

These settings specify the visibility of the assignment for students (Hide/Show).

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Access Restriction Settings

The Glossary activity can be restricted based upon a date, group, activity completion of another activity/resource in the course, etc.

NOTE: If more than one restriction is added, students must meet EACH of the requirements before the Glossary becomes available.

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Activity Completion Settings

By default, students can manually mark the Glossary as complete, but an instructor can change this to be required. If required, the students can be marked complete by viewing the activity, receiving a grade, and/or creating a specific number of entries.

Glossary settings/activity completion settings in moodle 3

Tags Settings

Tags are keywords that can be added to an activity or resource.

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