Glossary

By: Katherine Wesmiller

There are two different types of glossaries

Main glossary: You are only allowed one per course and students aren't allowed to edit it, only teachers

Secondary glossary: You can have as many as you like and anyone can edit them

If you want a basic glossary stick to a secondary glossary. You can create multiple glossaries for each topic and have your students define the different terms.

Create a glossary

Create a glossary

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Select your options

Select your options

1. Name your glossary

2. Add a description

3. By default, "Duplicate entries allowed" is set to "No". If you are allowing student contributions to a glossary, you might want to set this to "Yes".

4. You might also want to set "Allow comments on entries" to "Yes", so that if a student can't create the entry (s)he wanted to, the student can still comment on it.

5. "Approved by default" determines if an entry created by a student is added to the glossary without the teacher's approval. If you've assigned each student specific glossary entries, you might want to set this to "No". Then, when a student creates the assigned glossary entries, they appear under "Waiting approval" tab of the glossary.

Make sure you save your glossary.

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Add a new entry

Add a new entry

Create the definition

Create the definition

1. Add the term

2. Add the definition

Remember to save your work

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All terms are highlighted

All terms are highlighted

Whenever a term in your glossary is on a page it is highlighted. When you click on it a smaller window is opened with the definition. Be careful because depending on your settings even terms in quizzes will be highlighted and linked to the glossary!

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Advanced ideas for using a glossary

Advanced ideas for using a glossary

At the bottom of the page is a drop down menu for adding blocks. The advantage of this is its constant presence in the sidebar. You can put new information in the front of the student every time (s)he logs into your course.

Select "Random Glossary Entry"

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Edit block

Edit block

Set up the block

You can control the order in which entries are pulled from the glossary, and how often the block displays a new entry.

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Some ideas:

1. Highlights from work that past students in a class submitted. If a class is working on a long-term project, create a glossary that contains the best work submitted by the past students who have completed working on it. Display the glossary while the current class is working on that project.

2. Inspirational or informative quotes

3. Create a glossary with past test questions and their answers. Students can use this as another resource to prepare for the final

4. Funny anecdotes related to your class or news stories

5. Common mistakes and their corrections.

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