The glossary activity module enables participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, like a dictionary, or to collect and organize resources or information.
A teacher can allow files to be attached to glossary entries. Attached images are displayed in the entry. Entries can be searched or browsed alphabetically or by category, date or author. Entries can be approved by default or require approval by a teacher before they are viewable by everyone.
If the glossary auto-linking filter is enabled, entries will be automatically linked where the concept words and/or phrases appear within the course.
A teacher can allow comments on entries. Entries can also be rated by teachers or students (peer evaluation). Ratings can be aggregated to form a final grade which is recorded in the grade book.
Glossaries have many uses, such as:
A collaborative bank of key terms
A ‘getting to know you’ space where new students add their name and personal details
A ‘handy tips’ resource of best practice in a practical subject
A sharing area of useful videos, images or sound files
A revision resource of facts to remember
There is an option to make a Glossary a “site-wide” glossary. As that may seem to be useful to you, if you have similar content in multiple courses, please refrain from this practice as it will affect every course and the site itself.
If you need a glossary in multiple courses, please use the import tool instead and import the glossary from another course you edit. This function will work very similarly to the way a quiz activity would be imported.
If you have a glossary in a course that has has SCORM activities you will need to contact the developers and E-Biz to ensure the glossary is included in the SCORM package. This will ensure that it is available to learners in the course and throughout the SCORM content.
Any edits to the glossary in the future will also need to be handled within the SCORM packages as well.