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Using the Glossary Tool

Why Do This

The Glossary allows you and the students to create and maintain a database of definitions, or FAQs organized alphabetically that students can view, comment on and print( if settings are enabled). Glossaries can be graded in a manner similar to forums, and can be restricted to groups. You can have more than one glossary in your course. Glossaries can include images and you can add a Random Glossary Block to your course that will display one entry at a time, rotating through in the manner you

  1. Log onto Cougar Courses and go to the main page of your course.
  2. Click Turn editing on.
  3. Click Add an activity or resource, and then click “Glossary”.
    choose the glossary activity
  4. Name your glossary, and provide a description.
  5. Under “Entries” choose the various options.  Do you want students to be able to
    comment on different entries? Or edit them? If so, do you want to make it so entries need to be approved by you, before they are posted?
    entry settings
  6. There are different display formats, 7 in all. Dictionary style (no authors listed), continuous, full with author, full w/out author, encyclopedia, etc. Select one, click save and display to continue. You can always change this setting once there are some entries and you can see the difference between the formats.
    appearance settings for glossary
  7. Ratings:  Select the rating (grading) type and assign a total point value if
    necessary.

Adding Entries

  1. Click the glossary link on the course page.
  2. Click “Add a new entry” to get started with glossary.
  3. Type the glossary word in Concept, and define it in “Definition”.
    setting up the glossary activity with title and description
  4. If you’d like, you can enter keywords in the window below Definition. Keywords are words that are associated with a given glossary term. These words will also highlight, if you have that feature turned on for your class.

    keywords for glossary
  5.   Remember to click Save changes to finish.