Glossary (Moodle activity)

The glossary activity in Moodle allows you and/or your students to build, display and search a list and its definitions, like a dictionary. Enabling the auto-linking feature will highlight any word in the unit which is located in the glossary.

Suggestions on how to use this tool:

  • Students contributing to a list of terms.
  • Collating content such as observations.
  • Peer assessment using the glossary to allow students to comment on each other's entries.
  • Collating and sharing websites or resources related to concepts.
  • Create a list of key concepts and use comments for students to submit real life examples.

Create a glossary

  1. Ensure editing is on.
  2. In the topic section where you want to add a lesson activity, click on Add an activity or resource.
  3. Select Glossary and click Add.
  4. In the Name and Description field, give your glossary a title and introduction. You can use the Description field to alert students to important information about the glossary or direct them to technical assistance. The description will be displayed when you open the glossary.
  5. In the Appearance section you can set the number of Entries shown per page.
  6. Select other glossary settings as required.
    Note: Beside each field, you can click on the help icon for a description of each option provided.
  7. Once complete, click Save and return to unit.

    Note: To set dates/ times at which the glossary is accessible to students, set the Allow access from and Allow access until date fields in the Restrict access section of the glossary’s settings.

Glossary categories

It is not a requirement to add glossary categories, however they do help organise glossary concepts.

  1. Click on the glossary you want to edit.
  2. Click the Browse by category tab.
  3. Click Edit categories.
  4. Click Add Category.
  5. In the Name field, enter the name of your glossary category.
  6. Click Save changes.

Glossary entries

  1. Click Add a new entry.
  2. In the Concept field, enter the term you wish to define in the glossary.
  3. In the Definition field, enter a definition of the term.
  4. Select other glossary settings as required.
    Note: Beside each field, you can click on the help icon for a description of each option provided.
  5. Once complete, click Save and return to unit.
  6. To edit or delete a glossary entry, navigate to the glossary entry:
    1. To edit, click on the  icon. Click Save changes to save your edits.
    2. To delete, click on the  icon. Click Yes to confirm your delete action.

Other glossary actions: