Learn@Illinois Moodle - Glossary Activity
Learn how to use the glossary activity. The glossary activity is a tool that allows the instructor and/or students to create and maintain a list of definitions of key terms.
For a permanent link to this information, please use: http://go.illinois.edu/MoodleGlossary
Examples of Using Glossary Activity
- Students compile key terms with definitions
- Instructor created study tool with key terms and definitions
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I approve entries that students create?
Yes! In the "Edit Settings" menu under the "Entries" category, you will want to changed the "approved by default" option to No.
- Can I grade the Glossary Activity?
Yes! Check out our documentation on the UI Activity Grader.
- Should I use Glossary or Database?
Glossary is great if you want simple unstructured definitions of terms. A Database is great if there are key fields within each definition that you want to cover. For example, one course has a database of dinosaurs. For each dinosaur, there are many different descriptors that students find about it like origin, habitat, diet, etc.
- Use clear descriptions of activity in the description field including:
- How students will be graded including any grading guides and rubrics
- Formatting rules
- File types that will be accepted
- Examples of exemplary submissions
- Communicate dates in a way that is easy to maintain
- Rarely use hard due dates (e.g. September 22, 2017) - opt for relative dates (e.g. Tuesday of Week 1) whenever possible
- Use the year when typing hard due dates so that if it does not get updated, it will be clear that this is the wrong date.
- When you would like to collect submissions at midnight, consider using 11:55pm instead. Students are often confused when something is due on Monday at midnight, but the system says that it is due on Tuesday at 12:00am.
Groups and Groupings
- The Glossary Activity cannot be used with groups and groupings.
- See our Groups and Groupings page for more information.