Create a glossary activity

Glossaries give students the opportunity to create their own content and are a powerful tool for critical thinking, collaboration and sharing. The glossary can also become a legacy or resource for future topics. It is a product that could potentially be converted into a publishable resource (eg create your own textbook). A glossary activity encourages students to engage with the materials and is likely to lead to deeper learning (through scaffolding, reinforcement and interaction).


  1. In the topic, click Turn editing on
     Turn editing on
  2. In the week/module where you want to add the glossary, click Add an activity or resource  
    Add an activity or resource
  3. Select Glossary and click Add 
    Glossary icon
  4. Give the glossary a Name and Description

  5. Under Appearance, select Display format. There are 7 display formats:

    • 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
    • Entry list - Concepts are listed as links
    • FAQ - The words QUESTION and ANSWER are appended to the concept and definition respectively  

      glossary settings
  6. Click Save and display

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