Glossary Tool

If you have a course that has a great deal of terminology, you might consider building a glossary.

Tip! This is an excellent assignment for your students! Create a blog and have them populate it with terms they see as relevant. It then forms a useful study guide. Consider assigning a small grade for participation or as part of a project.


How to Use the Glossary Tool

  • Turn Edit Mode “On”
  • Select Glossary Tool (located under Course Tools in the main menu)
  • This will open the tool:Glossary1
  • You can add terms manually or by uploading a glossary file (must be in .csv format – typically from a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel.) See for more information.
  • For manual entry, select Create Term
  • Enter the name of the term and the definitionGlossary2

  • Click “Submit” and your glossary should include your new term:Glossary3


BUT – you’re not done yet. For the students to be able to access the glossary, you need to add a tool to their menu. See the next section, “How to Add a Glossary Link to the Course Menu.”

How to Add a Glossary Link to the Course Menu

To give your students to access the glossary, add a link to the course menu for one-click access to the tool. You can customize the name of the link.

  1. Change Edit Mode to ON and point to the plus sign above the course menu. The Add Menu Item drop-down list appears.
  2. Select Tool Link:Glossary4

  4. Type a Name for the link:Glossary5

  6. From the Type drop-down list, select Glossary:Glossary6

  8. Select the Available to Users check box.
  9. Click Submit. Your students will now be able to view (but not edit) your glossary.