Keywords: glossary, dictionary, terms and conditions, FAQ, jargon.

What is it?

A glossary is a course-specific list of terms and definitions. Entries can be linked to words that appear within Moodle, so the definition pops-up when someone hovers their mouse over instances of the word.

Why use it?

It can be a very useful tool, for instance, where subject specific words and definitions are used 'loosely' in a given field but need to be agreed on for the purposes of group discussion – in this case a tutor may stipulate definitions within a glossary or use the tool to ask students to reach a consensus. Options include being able to moderate student entries and allowing student to comment upon entries.

Who can use it?

Before I start...

Think about:

Meeting the baseline

The UCL E-Learning Baseline suggests the following for Orientation:

How do I set one up?

Add a Glossary quick guide

  1. To add a glossary to your course, Turn editing on, then click on the Add an activity or resource link and select Glossary.
  2. Enter a Name and Description (which you can display if you wish).
  3. Most of the time you can leave all the option settings as they are by default. However, you should consider these important settings in Entries
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save and display.

Further guidance on Glossary settings is available from moodledocs.

If you find any inaccurate or missing information you can even update this yourself (it's a communal wiki).

If you have a specific question about the tool please contact the Digital Education team.


Examples and case studies

Questions & Answers

Q. How do I print a friendly version?

A. Click on edit settings and under Appearance, Allow print view should be on Yes

Further information

Glossary entries can be searched or browsed within the Glossary activity as well as set to appear as pop-up definitions whenever the term appears in texts created within a given Moodle course e.g. emails in forums and Moodle web pages (not in uploaded PDFs or Word Docs).