Glossary Activity: Settings [Faculty]


The Glossary activity in Moodle allows participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, like a dictionary. Glossary can be used in many ways: the entries can be searched or browsed in different formats; a glossary can be a collaborative activity or be restricted to entries made by the teacher, and entries can be put into categories.

This Guide Will Help You to:

  • Add a Glossary to your course

  • Modify the edit settings

  • Seek further assistance

Add a new Glossary to your course

  1. Toggle editing on

  2. Locate the week or section in which you wish to add the new Glossary

  3. Click Add an activity or resource

  4. Select Glossary

  5. Click Add

For more information see, Adding an Activity in Moodle ISU [Faculty]

Modify the edit settings


  1. Type the name in the Name text box

  2. In the Description field, type any instructions or reminders for your students. They will see these instructions when opening the Glossary. 

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  1. If you would like this description displayed on the course page, Click the Display description on the course page box

  2. Glossary type- Select between secondary and main glossary. The main glossary can contain terms from a secondary glossary, where there is only one main glossary per course. You may use infinite secondary glossaries.

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Allows you to determine how the entries interact, Choose Yes or No for the following:

  1. Approved by default: 

    • Yes - new entries appear automatically.

    • No -  The teacher must approve each ent.

  2. Always allow editing:

    • Yes - then entries are always editable

    • No - then students can only edit their entries during a set editing time.

  3. Duplicate entries allowed:

    • Yes - allows the entry of more than one definition for a given word.

    • No - Duplicate entries must have different names

  4. Allow comments on entries: 

    • Yes - Students with permission can add comments to glossary items

    • No - Students cannot add comments to glossary items

  5. Automatically link glossary entries:

    • Yes - 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, quizzes, etc,.

    • No - Auto linking will not be enabled. 

[Note: Enabling linking for the Glossary does not automatically turn on linking for each entry - the Add a new Entry form includes the option that must be selected in order to automatically link the entry wherever the concept words and phrases appear throughout the rest of the course.

To turn off the automatic linking of glossary entries for an activity such as a quiz or forum you will need to do the following for each activity:

  1. Click on the activity in your course that you wish to turn off the automatic linking for.

  2. Open the Gear icon, at the bottom select Filters.

  3. In the Filter settings window, locate Glossary auto-linking and use the drop-down menu to change the option to No and click save changes ]


  • In the Display format drop-down, choose one of the following: 

    • Continuous without author - similar to simple style. Shows the entries one after the other without any kind of separation, but the editing icons, if your theme supports it.

    • Encyclopedia - like 'Full with author', however, attached images are shown inline.

    • Entry list - this 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.

    • Simple, dictionary style - this looks like a conventional dictionary with separate entries. No authors are displayed and attachments are shown as links.

For more information visit, Appearance


RSS feeds allow users to be notified when an entry is added or updated.

  • In the RSS feed for this activity dropdown menu, choose one of the following:

    • None - RSS feed is disabled

    • Concepts with author - RSS feed will send glossary entries with author’s name

    • Concepts without author - RSS feed will send glossary entries without author's’ name 

  • In the Number of RSS recent articles textbox, set the number of RSS articles to display in your feed

For more information visit, RSS


Ratings allow you to grade a Glossary submission and add it to the grade book

[Note: By default, only Managers, Teachers, and Non-editing Teachers can rate]

  • Aggregate type - gives different ways the entries can be rated.

  • Scale - lets you decide the type of grading that will be done, whether by a scale or point value

  • Restrict ratings to items with dates in this range - sets the time when entries can be rated.

For more information visit, Ratings

Common module settings

Choose whether to Show or Hide the activity

For more information see, Common module settings

Restrict access

For more information see, Restrict access


For more information see, Using tags


For more information see, Competencies

Save settings

  • Click Save and display to go to the assignment.

  • Click Save and return to the course to be taken back to the course homepage.

  • Click Cancel to delete the assignment.

Seek Further Assistance

For additional assistance please contact, ITRC at (208) 282 5880 or

For more information please visit,

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