This article explains what a glossary activity is and how to use it.
What is a Glossary?
The Glossary activity allows individuals to create, maintain and view a list of definitions associated with their area of study on Learning Space. For example, a Journalism award might use a glossary to define words related to publishing and the press. Users can then contribute additional terms and add definitions and links where required. A Glossary can be identified by the book icon:
Contributing to a glossary
To view the Glossary, click on the Glossary title on the right hand side of the glossary icon which is identified as a blue file with 'Aa' on the front with 3 coloured tabs.
This presents a view of the current Glossary entries and a Glossary description. In addition to browsing the current entries contained within the glossary, you are able to add your own words and definitions. The Add a new entry button can be found just below the search box.
In this example, we will add an entry in an existing glossary which contains definitions of tea terms. First give the entry a title or concept, followed by a definition.
We are also able to add an image attachment, and/or some key words. Keywords are separated by adding new entries on new lines. The last field on this page allows you to determine whether the definitions and glossary terms should be automatically linked within the rest of the Glossary.
Click Save changes to create your entry and return to the Glossary.
Browsing a glossary
To view the Glossary, click on the glossary title.
From this view you are able to see the entries contained within the Glossary with a description at the top of the page. You are able to search the Glossary in two ways; the search box at the top of the page allows you to search the Glossary using specific terms.
You are also able search the glossary via the alphabetical index. The default option is set to view all but this can be changed depending on how you wish to search.
Entries within the Glossary can contain a variety of information. Some Glossaries allow for user comments under the entries, this depends on how the Glossary has been configured by the award/module leader/s. In our example, we're looking at a simple entry which presents the definition of the word 'Spoon'. Using search full text, all references to the word “spoon” will be highlighted. When the search button is clicked the word 'Spoon' is then presented along with a small definition. You have now contributed to a Glossary.
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