Teaching Methods

Building a Vocabulary Glossary for Your Class

Teachers often have to use a variety of vocabulary terms in their class or introduce them to students glossaries can be a great reference tool for students if they are built with a constant format and contain useful information. Moodle is a great place to build a glossary because words can be added with a definition and multimedia. Adding multimedia like pictures or video to a glossary will help students to build deeper understanding of the words, but also how concepts are related to one another and topics they build.

Building a Moodle Glossary

  1. Once you are logged into your Moodle account and have navigated to your course page, click on the Activity menu and choose Glossary.
  2. Next, you will need to give your glossary a name and description that describes its content or the unit/lesson associated with it.
  3. Some of the other options you will need to set are the Entries Shown per Page. This number should be set between 10 and 25 to keep the pages loading quickly, if you plan to use multimedia in your glossary it should be kept to the default 10.
  4. Most of the other options can be left to the default settings and your glossary will work just fine.
  5. If you want to have your glossary terms create links then you will want to make sure the “Automatically Link Glossary Entries” option is set to use. This can be very useful for technical or heavy terminology courses.
  6. Finally, click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.
  7. Now you will need to go into your newly created and type in your Terms and their associated meanings with any multimedia materials. This portion of the glossary setup can be time consuming, but it can also be an excellent activity for students to help with.

Glossaries can be an excellent tool to help to your courses to help students build class notes and general course information.

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