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).
The glossary tool enables participants to create and maintain a list of definitions or to collect and organise resources/information. If the glossary auto-linking filter is enabled, entries will be automatically linked where the concept works and/or phrases appear within the topic.
A teacher can allow comments on entries (peer review). Entries can also be rated by teachers or students (peer evaluation). Ratings can be aggregated to form a final grade which is recorded in the gradebook.
Glossaries have many uses, such as:
a collaborative bank of key terms
a 'getting to know you' space where new students add their name and key details
a 'handy tips' resource of best practice in a practical subject
a sharing area of useful videos, images or sound files