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Glossary

Defining terms together.

A Glossary allows participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, similar to a dictionary. Glossaries can be populated by teachers only, or a collaborative activity where students add entries and rate others' entries. Ratings on an entry can be aggregated for a grade.

Entries can be searched, browsed, and categorized. Auto-linking highlights glossary entries and associated keywords that appear in the course, and can be turned off in quizzes. You can import and export entries from one glossary to another. Administrators can create site wide glossaries that work in all courses.

Add the Random glossary entry block, if enabled on your site, to periodically display different concepts and definitions.


Create a glossary

Steps in Snap: Create learning activity or resource > Glossary > Add

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Add an activity or resource > Glossary > Add

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  1. Type a meaningful name and description. The description displays to students when they view the glossary. Check the Display description on course page box if you want the description to show there.
  2. Select a glossary type. Secondary glossaries can be imported to a main glossary. There can only be one main glossary in a course, which only instructors contribute to. If glossary entry import is not required, all glossaries in the course can be secondary glossaries.
  3. Optionally, make selections in the following areas to customize the glossary.
  4. Click Save and display to show the glossary.

    By default, teachers and students can add entries to the glossary once it is created.


Add glossary entries

Teachers and students can add entries to the glossary after it is created.

  1. Select Add a new entry.
  2. Type a term in the Concept box and type a Definition.
  3. Type any Keywords to match with the entry.
  4. Select any Attachments such as media for the glossary entry.
  5. Set any Auto-linking for the glossary term:
    • This entry should be automatically linked — If enabled, the entry will be automatically linked wherever the concept words and phrases appear throughout the rest of the course.
    • This entry is case-sensitive — Determine whether or not the glossary entry will be linked only when the case matches.
    • Match whole-words only — Determine whether or not the glossary entry will be linked only when the whole word matches exactly.
  6. Save changes.

Import and export entries

You can import a file to create glossary entries, and you can export your entries to a backup file.

Steps in Snap: Glossary > Edit > Admin > Import entries or Export entries

Steps in other themes: Access the glossary > Administration block > Glossary administration > Import entries or Export entries

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Set glossary entry requirements

Steps in Snap: Glossary > Edit > Entries

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Glossary > Edit > Edit Settings > Entries

You can determine whether or not to entries to the glossary will require approvals.

  • Approved by default: Determine whether or not the entries are automatically approved by default.
  • Allow allow editing: Determine whether or not students can edit entries.
  • Duplicate entries allowed: Determine whether or not duplicate entries can be written.
  • Allow comments on entries: Determine whether or not comments can be made on entries.
  • Automatically link glossary entries: Determine whether or not glossary entries will be automatically linked.

    You can turn off or turn on auto-linking for a specific glossary enter. Access the entry > Administration > Filters > Glossary auto-linking.


Determine glossary appearance

Steps in Snap: Glossary > Edit > Appearance

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Glossary > Edit > Edit settings > Appearance

You can determine how to display the glossary, and select the approval display for entries.

  • Display format: Select how to show the glossary from one of the following display formats:
    • Simple, dictionary style — No authors are displayed and attachments are shown as links.
    • Continuous without author — Entries are displayed one after another without any separation apart from the editing icons.
    • Full with author — A forum-like display format showing the author's data and with attachments shown as links.
    • Full without author — A forum-like display format without authors and with attachments shown as links.
    • Encyclopedia — Same as Full with author but attached images are shown inline.
    • Entry list — Concepts are listed as links.
    • FAQ — The words QUESTION and ANSWER are appended to the concept and definition.
  • Approval display format: Select a different display format for approving glossary entries.
  • Entries shown per page: Set the maximum number of glossary entries to display on each page.
  • Show alphabet links: Determine whether or not to display an alphabetic menu of pages for the glossary.
  • Show ALL link: Determine whether or not to display the All link to view all glossary entries.
  • Show Special link: Determine whether or not students can brows the glossary by special characters (such as @ and #).
  • Allow print view: Determine whether or not students can print preview the glossary.

Determine grade settings

Steps in Snap: Glossary > Edit > Grade

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Glossary > Edit > Edit settings > Grade

Set how the glossary will be graded, if the glossary is for a grade.

  • Grade category: If you use Gradebook categories, select the category.
  • Grade to pass: Type the minimum number of points a student needs to pass.

Check out how Grading works!


Set the ratings for the glossary entries

Steps in Snap: Glossary > Edit > Ratings

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Glossary > Edit > Edit Settings > Ratings

You can who can rate the entries for the glossary entries.

  • Roles with permissions to rate: Lists the roles that can rate the entries.
  • Aggregate type: Select one of the following from the Type menu.
    • No ratings — This activity will not be graded.
    • Average of ratings — The mean of all ratings.
    • Count of ratings — The number of rated items becomes the final grade. Note that the total cannot exceed the maximum grade for the activity.
    • Maximum — The highest rating becomes the final grade.
    • Minimum — The smallest rating becomes the final grade.
    • Sum — All ratings are added together. Note that the total cannot exceed the maximum grade for the activity.
  • Restrict rating to items with dates in this rate From/To: If selected, set the date and time of the glossary entries to be rated.

Check out how Grading works!


Determine glossary completion

Steps in Snap: Glossary > Edit > Activity completion

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Glossary > Edit > Edit Settings > Activity completion

You can determine to mark the glossary activity as completed.

  • Completion tracking: Options include Do not indicate activity completion, Students can manually mark the activity as completed, and Show activity as complete when conditions are met.
  • Student must view this activity to complete it: When the Completion tracking is set to Show activity as complete when conditions are met, this option will be available. Determine if the activity will be marked as complete after the student views the glossary.
  • Student must receive a grade to complete this activity: When the Completion tracking is set to Show activity as complete when conditions are met, this option will be available. Determine if the activity will be marked as complete after the student receives a grade.
  • Require entries: When the Completion tracking is set to Show activity as complete when conditions are met, this option will be available. Determine if the student must create a glossary entry and the minimum number of entries required per student.
  • Expect completed on: Enable this feature and set a date for when it is expected participants will be marked as completed.