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'''Note for Contributors'''
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{{Glossary}}
This page should explain what can be seen on the <u>moodlesite.com/mod/glossary/view.php</u> page
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==Adding a glossary entry==
(the main page of a glossary)
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To add a glossary entry:
  
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[[File:Addingglossaryentry.png]]
  
Below the glossary description field you will find a number of editing and browse options:
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#From the glossary page, click the "Add a new entry" button.
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#Enter the word you want to define in the Concept text field.
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#Add the definition of the word or concept.
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#If you've defined categories in the "Browse by category" tab, you can categorize your entry here.
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#If there are synonyms you want to include with the entry, add them to the Keyword(s) text area. Enter one word per line.
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#If you want to add an attachment, such as a picture or an article, you can attach it below the Keyword(s) text area.
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#Select the auto-linking options (see below).
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#Click the "Save changes" button to add your word to the glossary.
  
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==Editing glossary entries/Adding categories==
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Categories may be created to help organize your glossary entries. If you've enabled autolinking, the category names can be linked along with individual entries.
  
===Add a new entry===
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[[File:Addglossarycategory.png]]
  
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To create a glossary category:
  
Adding a new entry, you have to fill in two fields. Others are obligatory.  
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#Click the "Browse by category" tab in the main page of the glossary.
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#Click the "Edit categories" button on the left side of the page.
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#Click the "Add category" button on the resulting Categories page.
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#Give the category a name.
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#Choose whether you want the category name autolinked as well.
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#Click the "Save changes" button.
  
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If you autolink the category name, any occurrence of those words will be linked. When a student clicks on the link, they will be taken to the "Browse by category" page of the glossary.
  
* '''Concept''' (mandatory)
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==Browse options==
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You can browse glossaries according to the following options:
  
Here you should insert the word/concept, the definition of which you wish to create.
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[[File:Browseglossary.png]]
  
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*Browse by alphabet
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*Browse by category (if there are any categories added)
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*Browse by date (you can sort entries by last update or by creation date)
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*Browse by author
  
* '''Definition''' (mandatory)
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==Search options==
  
As its name suggests, this field should contain the definition of the word/concept.  
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You can also search for a given word using the Search field. Checking the 'Search full text' option (on the right side of the Search box) allows searching for a given word in any position in the text. This can take longer and return more entries than you might wish, but it is thorough. If you do not check the "Search full text" box, the search only looks for the term names. The index below lets you browse the glossary according to a given letter.
  
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==Waiting approval==
  
* '''Keywords'''
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If entries require teacher approval before being publicly posted, this is where those entries are approved.
  
Each entry in the glossary can have an associated list of keywords (or aliases). Enter each alias on a new line (not separated by commas). The aliased words and phrases can be used as alternative ways to refer to the entry. For example, if you are using the glossary auto-linking filter then the aliases will be used (as well as the main name of the entry) when deciding what words to link to this entry.
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==Printing a glossary==
  
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At the top right of the main glossary page, you'll see a little printer icon. If you click the icon, Moodle will open a new browser window and present all the words and definitions in a printer-friendly format.
  
* '''Categories'''
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To print the glossary:
  
The default setting is 'Not categorised'. However, if you do add new categories, they will display here offering
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#Click the printer icon at the top of the main glossary page.
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#From the newly opened window, choose Print from the File menu of your browser.
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#Once the word list has printed, close the printer-friendly format window.
  
* '''Enabling automatic linking in a entry'''
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Note: Teachers are always provided with a printer-friendly format link. To enable students to print a glossary, set "Allow print view" to Yes on the edit glossary page.
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==Glossary comments==
  
Turning this feature on will allow the entry to be automatically linked, whenever the concept words and phrases appear throughout the rest of the same course. This includes forum postings, internal resources, week summaries and so on.
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If you enabled comments on the glossary entries, users can annotate the definitions in the word list. When you look at a word in the glossary list, you'll see a blue "Comments" link in the lower left-hand corner:
  
If you do not want particular text to be linked (in a forum posting, say) then you should add <nolink> and </nolink> tags around the text.
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[[File:Glossarycomments.png]]
  
To be able to turn on this feature, auto linking must be enabled at glossary level.
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When you click the link, a comments box opens up. Add your comment then click the "Save changes" button.
  
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Once you've saved your comment, Moodle will display all of the comments for the entry. When you return to the main glossary page, you'll see a new message next to the speech balloon telling you how many comments there are for the entry.
  
* '''Case sensitive matching'''
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==Exporting glossary entries to another glossary==
  
This setting specifies whether matching exact upper and lower case is necessary when performing automatic linking to these entries.
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Glossary entries can be exported and then imported into another glossary.
  
For example, if this is turned on, then a word like "html" in a forum posting will NOT be linked to a glossary entry called "HTML".
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#In ''Settings > Glossary administration > Export entries'' click the "Export entries to file" button.
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#Save the automatically generated XML file on your computer.
  
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When the entries are imported into another glossary, the user performing the import will be listed as author of all the entries.
  
* '''Whole words matching'''
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A copy of a glossary may also be made by backing up the activity. To include glossary entries in the backup, 'Include enrolled users' must be ticked in the initial backup settings. When the glossary is restored, the authors of the entries will be the same as in the original glossary.
  
If automatic linking is enabled, then turning this setting on will force only whole words to be linked.
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==Exporting glossary entries to a portfolio==
  
For example, a glossary entry named "construct" will not create a link inside the word "constructivism".
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Users with permissions to export glossary entries to a portfolio such as Mahara or Google Docs can do this via the export icon at the bottom of each glossary entry:
  
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[[File:Glossaryexport.png]]
  
===Import entries===
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==Importing glossary entries==
  
This allows you to import glossaries that have been exported from other glossaries. - Export entries.  
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Glossary entries can be imported via XML file in ''Settings > Glossary administration > Import entries''. See [[Import glossary entries]] for details.
  
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==Why use a Glossary?==
  
===Export entries===
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While a basic glossary is important, creatively applying the glossary can really make an impact on your class.
  
This allows you to export your glossary to share with another glossary.
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===Collaborative glossaries===
  
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Instead of creating a glossary on your own, why not have the students create them as they encounter unfamiliar terms? A collaborative glossary can serve as a focal point for collaboration in a course. Each member of the class could be assigned to contribute a term, a definition, or comments on submitted definitions. Multiple definitions can be rated by you and by the students, with the highest-rated definitions accepted for the final class glossary.
  
===Waiting approval===
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When students are responsible for creating the definitions, they are much more likely to remember the word and the correct definition. Engaging in the process of learning, debating, and refining a glossary can go a long way toward helping students begin using new terms.
  
If entries require teacher approval before being publicly posted, this is where those entries are approved.  
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You can also structure multiple glossaries over the course of a semester. Break them up by unit, chapter, week, or any other organizational structure.
  
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If you have a large class, assign student teams to come up with definitions and answers. One strategy for managing large courses is to make each team responsible for one week’s worth of definitions, while all the other teams must rate and comment. Alternatively, each team could be responsible for one definition per chapter and then rate and comment on the other teams’ work.
  
===Browse options===  
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===Credit for word use===
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This is a combination strategy using the forum and the auto-linking feature of the glossary. After you and your students have defined the glossary terms, it’s important for students to begin practising using the words in realistic contexts. Students, however, are usually reluctant to experiment with new terms. With the auto-linking feature, it’s easy to spot when a glossary word has been used in a forum or in a posting on the web site.
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To encourage word use, assign a portion of the credit students receive for their forum postings for correct use of glossary terms. As you or other students rate posts, you can quickly scan for highlighted glossary words and award points for usage. You may even want to break the score down further. Perhaps award one point for using the word and two points for using it correctly.
  
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==="Getting to know you"===
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Make a glossary into which new students add their photo and personal details.Add this glossary to the [[Random_glossary_entry_block| Random glossary block]] on the side of your course page and - at intervals you choose- details about a different new student are highlighted.
  
You can browse glossaries according to several criteria, such as:
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===Thought for the Day===
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In addition to adding vocabulary and key terms glossaries to the [[Random_glossary_entry_block| Random glossary block]] why not add  a glossary containing pertinent "thoughts for the day", ethical, spiritual, motivational -you decide!
  
* '''Browse by alphabet'''
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===Simple peer assessment===
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Have students add pieces of work with descriptions to a glossary and allow their classmates to comment on each others' entries to create a basic framework for peer assessment. While this can be done in a [[Forum]] or more thoroughly in a [[Workshop]], a glossary is a fast and effective solution.
  
* '''Browse by category''' (if there are any categories added)
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==Turning off links to glossary terms==
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* In places such as forum posts and quizzes, terms will be automatically highlighted and linked if they are in the glossary. Sometimes, this may be unwanted. To avoid this on a case-by-case basis, click on the blue ''Filters'' link in the activity's Settings block. There you will  be able to turn off the glossary auto-linking feature for that particular activity while keeping it enabled elsewhere on the course:
  
* '''Browse by date'''
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[[File:Glossaryautolinkingoff.png]]
  
* '''Browse by Author'''
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== See also ==
  
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*[[Random glossary entry block]] - display glossary entries
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*[http://demo.moodle.org/course/view.php?id=604 Exchange Samples] in the Moodle Demo site for glossaries shared in the Moodle Exchange set up to look at. 
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*Slides 19 onwards of "Creative Uses of Moodle Modules" Google doc [https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=0ATUGBiDGHylXZGc5amI3Yl81Y3h0eGt0Z3o&hl=en&pli=1]
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*[http://www.slideshare.net/michelledmoore/the-glossary-module-moodles-swiss-army-knife The Glossary Module: Moodle's Swiss Army Knife] presentation by Michelle Moore
  
You can also search for a given word using the Search field. Checking the 'Search full text' option (on the right side of the Search box) allows searching for a given word in any position in the text. This can take longer and return more entries than you might wish, but it is thorough. If you do not check the “Search full text” box, the search only looks for the term names. The index below lets you browse the glossary according to a given letter.
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Using Moodle forum discussions:
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*[http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=54403 Any creative ideas/ stories for using glossaries]
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*[http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=145337 Glossary Generator]
  
When you are done with adding a new word, click “Save changes.”
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[[de:Glossar nutzen]]
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[[fr:Utiliser un glossaire]]
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[[ja:用語集を閲覧する]]

Latest revision as of 14:56, 18 July 2012

Adding a glossary entry

To add a glossary entry:

Addingglossaryentry.png

  1. From the glossary page, click the "Add a new entry" button.
  2. Enter the word you want to define in the Concept text field.
  3. Add the definition of the word or concept.
  4. If you've defined categories in the "Browse by category" tab, you can categorize your entry here.
  5. If there are synonyms you want to include with the entry, add them to the Keyword(s) text area. Enter one word per line.
  6. If you want to add an attachment, such as a picture or an article, you can attach it below the Keyword(s) text area.
  7. Select the auto-linking options (see below).
  8. Click the "Save changes" button to add your word to the glossary.

Editing glossary entries/Adding categories

Categories may be created to help organize your glossary entries. If you've enabled autolinking, the category names can be linked along with individual entries.

Addglossarycategory.png

To create a glossary category:

  1. Click the "Browse by category" tab in the main page of the glossary.
  2. Click the "Edit categories" button on the left side of the page.
  3. Click the "Add category" button on the resulting Categories page.
  4. Give the category a name.
  5. Choose whether you want the category name autolinked as well.
  6. Click the "Save changes" button.

If you autolink the category name, any occurrence of those words will be linked. When a student clicks on the link, they will be taken to the "Browse by category" page of the glossary.

Browse options

You can browse glossaries according to the following options:

Browseglossary.png

  • Browse by alphabet
  • Browse by category (if there are any categories added)
  • Browse by date (you can sort entries by last update or by creation date)
  • Browse by author

Search options

You can also search for a given word using the Search field. Checking the 'Search full text' option (on the right side of the Search box) allows searching for a given word in any position in the text. This can take longer and return more entries than you might wish, but it is thorough. If you do not check the "Search full text" box, the search only looks for the term names. The index below lets you browse the glossary according to a given letter.

Waiting approval

If entries require teacher approval before being publicly posted, this is where those entries are approved.

Printing a glossary

At the top right of the main glossary page, you'll see a little printer icon. If you click the icon, Moodle will open a new browser window and present all the words and definitions in a printer-friendly format.

To print the glossary:

  1. Click the printer icon at the top of the main glossary page.
  2. From the newly opened window, choose Print from the File menu of your browser.
  3. Once the word list has printed, close the printer-friendly format window.

Note: Teachers are always provided with a printer-friendly format link. To enable students to print a glossary, set "Allow print view" to Yes on the edit glossary page.

Glossary comments

If you enabled comments on the glossary entries, users can annotate the definitions in the word list. When you look at a word in the glossary list, you'll see a blue "Comments" link in the lower left-hand corner:

Glossarycomments.png

When you click the link, a comments box opens up. Add your comment then click the "Save changes" button.

Once you've saved your comment, Moodle will display all of the comments for the entry. When you return to the main glossary page, you'll see a new message next to the speech balloon telling you how many comments there are for the entry.

Exporting glossary entries to another glossary

Glossary entries can be exported and then imported into another glossary.

  1. In Settings > Glossary administration > Export entries click the "Export entries to file" button.
  2. Save the automatically generated XML file on your computer.

When the entries are imported into another glossary, the user performing the import will be listed as author of all the entries.

A copy of a glossary may also be made by backing up the activity. To include glossary entries in the backup, 'Include enrolled users' must be ticked in the initial backup settings. When the glossary is restored, the authors of the entries will be the same as in the original glossary.

Exporting glossary entries to a portfolio

Users with permissions to export glossary entries to a portfolio such as Mahara or Google Docs can do this via the export icon at the bottom of each glossary entry:

Glossaryexport.png

Importing glossary entries

Glossary entries can be imported via XML file in Settings > Glossary administration > Import entries. See Import glossary entries for details.

Why use a Glossary?

While a basic glossary is important, creatively applying the glossary can really make an impact on your class.

Collaborative glossaries

Instead of creating a glossary on your own, why not have the students create them as they encounter unfamiliar terms? A collaborative glossary can serve as a focal point for collaboration in a course. Each member of the class could be assigned to contribute a term, a definition, or comments on submitted definitions. Multiple definitions can be rated by you and by the students, with the highest-rated definitions accepted for the final class glossary.

When students are responsible for creating the definitions, they are much more likely to remember the word and the correct definition. Engaging in the process of learning, debating, and refining a glossary can go a long way toward helping students begin using new terms.

You can also structure multiple glossaries over the course of a semester. Break them up by unit, chapter, week, or any other organizational structure.

If you have a large class, assign student teams to come up with definitions and answers. One strategy for managing large courses is to make each team responsible for one week’s worth of definitions, while all the other teams must rate and comment. Alternatively, each team could be responsible for one definition per chapter and then rate and comment on the other teams’ work.

Credit for word use

This is a combination strategy using the forum and the auto-linking feature of the glossary. After you and your students have defined the glossary terms, it’s important for students to begin practising using the words in realistic contexts. Students, however, are usually reluctant to experiment with new terms. With the auto-linking feature, it’s easy to spot when a glossary word has been used in a forum or in a posting on the web site. To encourage word use, assign a portion of the credit students receive for their forum postings for correct use of glossary terms. As you or other students rate posts, you can quickly scan for highlighted glossary words and award points for usage. You may even want to break the score down further. Perhaps award one point for using the word and two points for using it correctly.

"Getting to know you"

Make a glossary into which new students add their photo and personal details.Add this glossary to the Random glossary block on the side of your course page and - at intervals you choose- details about a different new student are highlighted.

Thought for the Day

In addition to adding vocabulary and key terms glossaries to the Random glossary block why not add a glossary containing pertinent "thoughts for the day", ethical, spiritual, motivational -you decide!

Simple peer assessment

Have students add pieces of work with descriptions to a glossary and allow their classmates to comment on each others' entries to create a basic framework for peer assessment. While this can be done in a Forum or more thoroughly in a Workshop, a glossary is a fast and effective solution.

Turning off links to glossary terms

  • In places such as forum posts and quizzes, terms will be automatically highlighted and linked if they are in the glossary. Sometimes, this may be unwanted. To avoid this on a case-by-case basis, click on the blue Filters link in the activity's Settings block. There you will be able to turn off the glossary auto-linking feature for that particular activity while keeping it enabled elsewhere on the course:

Glossaryautolinkingoff.png

See also

Using Moodle forum discussions: