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How to create a glossary

1. From the main course page, click the gear icon on the top right of the page and select Turn editing on.

2. Locate the section in your course where you want to add the Glossary. At the bottom of the section, click Add an activity or resource.

From the pop-up window, choose Glossary and click Add.

3. Type a name into the Name field. This will appear as the activity title. The Description field is optional, but it's recommended that you describe the purpose of the Glossary.


Approved by default

If set to no, entries require instructor approval before they are viewable by other students.

Always allow editing

This setting specifies whether entries can be edited at any time or only during the editing window (30 minutes after posting).

Duplicate entries allowed

This allows the entry of more than one definition for a given word.

Allow comments on entries

Students and teachers can leave comments on glossary definitions. The comments are available through a link at the bottom of the definition.

Automatically link glossary entries

If the Glossary auto-linking filter is enabled by an administrator, then turning this on allows individual entries in this glossary to be automatically linked whenever the concept words and phrases appear throughout the rest of the same course. This includes forum postings, internal resources, week summaries, and so on.


Display format

That specifies the way that each entry will be shown within the glossary. The default formats are:

  • Simple, dictionary style - Like a conventional dictionary with separate entries. No authors are displayed and attachments are shown as links.
  • Continuous without author - Shows the entries one after other without any kind of separation but the editing icons.
  • Encyclopedia - Like 'Full with author' but attached images are shown inline.
  • Entry list - Lists the concepts as links.
  • FAQ - Useful for displaying lists of frequently asked questions. It automatically appends the words QUESTION and ANSWER in the concept and definition, respectively.
  • Full with author - A forum-like display format showing author's data. Attachments are shown as links.
  • Full without author - A forum-like display format that does not show author's data. Attachments are shown as links.

Approval display format

When approving glossary items you may wish to use a different display format.

Entries shown per page

This sets the number of words and definitions that students will see when they view the glossary list. If you have a large number of automatically-linked entries, you should set this number lower to prevent long loading times.

Show "All" link

If enabled, participants can browse all entries at once.

Show "Special" link

If enabled, participants can browse the glossary by special characters, such as @ and #.

Allow print view

This provides a printer-friendly version link for students. (Instructors are always provided with a printer-friendly version link.)

4. When you have finished setting up the forum, click Save and return to course. If you want to review the Glossary, click Save and display.

How to add entries to a glossary

For more information on adding entries to a glossary, refer to the official Moodle documentation.