This guide explains how to create and use the glossary activity.


What is the Glossary activity?

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 a book icon.

Learning Space My Glossary book icon.

Creating the Glossary activity

Navigate to the module / course page that you want to add the Glossary activity to and ensure that you have editing enabled by clicking the "Turn editing on" button.

Scroll down to the section on the page that you want to add the activity to and select 'Add an activity or resource' from the bottom right of that section.

Link in Learning Space to add an activity or resource.

From the pop-up window click on 'Glossary'.

Learning Space menu to select an activity.

Next you will need to provide a name for the Glossary and a description, the latter could be used to explain what terms the glossary contains and if students are permitted to contribute.

Giving the Glossary a name and a description.

Next, you can choose whether the Glossary is a 'Main glossary' or a 'Secondary glossary'.

A dropdown to select the Glossary type.

Glossary type
MainA main glossary can import entries from a secondary glossary but each module can only contain 1 main glossary.
SecondaryA module can contain multiple secondary modules and this is the default.

In the 'Entries' section you can adjust settings such as whether entires are approved by default, commenting rules and editing rights.

Entries menu to adjust key settings.

Finally in the 'Appearance' section you can decide how the glossary should appear. Arguably the most important of these is the 'Display Format', there are 7 different options, listed  below. Try experimenting with different formats, once you have finished here the Glossary is created. 

  • 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 - As for 'Full with author" but attached images are shown inline.
  • Enter list - Concepts are listed as links.
  • FAQ - The words QUESTION and ANSWER are appended to the concept and definition respectively.

Editing and deleting entries

For help adding entries to a glossary, please refer to the student guide. To edit or delete a glossary entry, first find the entry you are looking for.

An example of a Glossary entry.

In the bottom right of the entry you will be able to view a trash can and cog icon. Clicking the trash can icon allows you to delete the entry and will show the following window:

Clicking the cog icon makes the entry settings appear allowing you to edit the entry.

The entry settings can be changed in the same way they were created.

Hyperlink iconThe student experience:

Please refer to the student guide for information about how students and staff use the glossary activity.

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