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Moodle Guide

The development of this guide is ongoing; we will continue adding Moodle LMS Tips, Guides, and Instructions. On the left-hand sidebar, you will find a list of Moodle LMS features or options. To learn more about that option or feature, click on the link.


•    Moodle Glossary is a collaborative activity where students can work together to create a repository of definitions.
•    The auto-linking filter will automatically link and highlight any word throughout your course that is in the glossary.

Section links

Adding a Glossary to Your Course Adding Glossary Entries
Glossary Instructor View Glossary Student View

How can you use Glossary?

Collaborative Glossaries

Create a glossary in which all students can collaborate to add entries. You can assign students terms to define. Then they can work to rate the definitions of their peers and comment on each other’s definitions.

Credit for Word Use

Use the auto-linking feature of a glossary to assess how well student use vocabulary in a forum.When you setup a forum and students use a word that is contained in the glossary it will show up as a link. You can quickly skim student responses for links to terms in the glossary.

Ice Breaker

Create a Glossary in to which students can post images of themselves and a short biography. You can add the Random Glossary Entry block to the sidebar to highlight a random student and their bio to the class.

Adding a Glossary to your course

Step 1

Select Glossary from the activity and resource chooser window.

Select Glossary from the Activties and Resources Pop-up


Step 2

Give the glossary a name and a description and determine if it is a Main Glossary or a Secondary Glossary.

Main Glossary: There can be only one main glossary in a course. Main Glossaries will allow you to import entries from secondary glossaries.

Secondary Glossary: You can have unlimited secondary glossaries in a course. If you are not going to import glossary entries into main glossary than all glossaries in your course can be secondary glossaries.

select either main or secondary glossary.

Step 3

Adjust the Entries settings

  • Approved by default: If set to "yes" then new entries appear automatically. If not, then the teacher must approve each one first.
  • Always allow editing: If set to "yes", students can edit their entries at any time. If not, then they can only edit for a certain period (as defined in Site policies).
  • Duplicate entries allowed: This allows the entry of more than one definition for a given word.
  • Allow comments on entries: Students and teachers can leave comments on glossary definitions. The comments are available through a link at the bottom of the definition. Note that Comments must be enabled sitewide for this feature.
  •  Automatically link glossary entries: If the Glossary auto-linking filter is enabled by an administrator (see Managing filters for further details), then turning this on allows individual entries in this glossary 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.

Notes Enabling linking for the glossary does not automatically turn on linking for each entry - linking needs to be set for each entry individually. 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. Note that category names are also linked.

Step 4

Adjust the Appearance settings

  • Display format: This specifies the way that each entry will be shown within the glossary.
  • Approval display format: It is possible to set an alternative display format for when entries are approved that differs from the course page's display format. This could be useful for instance, if a tutor wants to see who made a particular glossary entry before approving it but doesn't want the student’s name to be displayed for others on the course page.
  • Entries shown per page: Enter the number of entries to show to the user looking at the glossary activity. For example, the teacher may want to display one definition at a time to a student. The default is 10 entries.
  • Show alphabet links: If set to "yes", users can browse the glossary by alphabet letters.
  • Show 'ALL' link: If set to "yes", users can browse all the entries at once
  • Show 'Special' link: If set to "yes", users can browse the glossary by special characters, such as @ and #.
  • Allow print view: This provides a printer-friendly version link for students. (Teachers are always provided with a printer-friendly version link.)

Step 5

Adjust the Ratings settings

  • Roles with permission to rate: The role of Manager, Teacher_Original, Non-editing teacher, and Registrar Staff can rate glossary entries.
  • Aggregate type: define how the ratings are combined to form the final grade in the gradebook.

Adding Glossary Entries

The instructor and students can add glossary entries.

Step 1

Click Add entry.

Click on Add entry

Step 2

Add the glossary entry or term in the concept textbox, and then definition it in the definition textbox.

add the glossary entry term and the definition.

Step 3

Enter keywords for the definition on separate lines. Any keyword that you enter will be auto-linked to the glossary entry.

  • Upload any attachment to the glossary entry.  
  • Change auto-linking preferences.
  • Once you have entered all necessary information, click Save changes.

Enter keywords and and upload attachments, and auto-linking preferences.

Glossary Instructor View

Glossary instructor view

Glossary Student View

Student view of glossary


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