Moodle Glossary Tips - Free XML Converter and Other Stuff
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In preparing for a Moodle workshop--where the Moodle Glossary is prominently featured--I ran across some wonderful ideas for using Moodle Glossary as a part of one's virtual classroom. One of the neat features of Moodle Glossary is that you can create content that can be imported from a variety of sources, such as the Kids Online Dictionary (link further below) and anything that can create XML. This ability to import XML and have it formatted properly for import into Moodle Glossary and Quiz modules is great for folks.
As I was mulling over sharing those resources on the blog--the as yet incomplete workshop series appears at Moodle Mayhem in the Workshops section--I received an email from one of the authors of the Moodle-Quiz Converter, Yulia Ivanova. Not surprisingly, in my search for resources, I'd stumbled on Yulia's Moodle-Quiz/Glossary converter in my research (Monday night). However, what a nice surprise to get an email from one of the authors just two days later! Ah, the power of connections that the Web enables. As Seth Godin points out in his book, Unleashing the Ideavirus:
With word of mouse (word of mouth augmented by the power of online communication), you can tell 100 friends, or a thousand friends. . .the moment you connect to the Internet, you connect, at some level, to all of us.
Source: Seth Godin, Unleashing the Ideavirus
That aside, how neat to connect with Yulia and her development team (including Olga and Alexandr ) and see their slideshow which they developed and posted on SlideShare to illustrate it about 1 week ago:
- Supported question types: Multiple Choice, Short Answer, Essay, Description, True/False, Cloze, Numerical.
- Supports different types of glossary entries - Excel files (term TAB definition), term - definition, term: definition, term break definition.
- Encodes your textfile in UTF-8
- Unlimited number of questions and answers.
- Feedback and General Feedback for questions
- Use HTML tags in Question Text and Feedback. Supports embedded TeX formulas.
I'm definitely going to add it to my toolkit of Moodle tools! Thanks to Yulia Ivanova for the email making me aware of this and the encouragement to share it here at Around the Corner!
Update 06/09/2010: Apparently, MoodleNews covered this announcement already! Ah well, still worth mentioning!
In the meantime, here is what I came up with for my workshop...stolen liberally from around the web:
Introduction to the Glossary
A glossary is a Moodle module that allows you--or your students--to create a collection of useful, searchable vocabulary items. Not only can you have text in a Moodle glossary, but you can also embed images, audio, and video recordings. A neat feature of a Moodle glossary is that any word used in your Moodle course that is also in the glossary is automatically linked. That means that if your students encounter an unfamiliar word that also happens to be a glossary term, they can click on it and see it's meaning.
Glossaries are searchable, can be categorized, you can enhance your glossary with multimedia (e.g. a first grade student pronouncing the word), and allow students to add comments to each glossary entry. use it in conjunction with the Random Glossary block to have fresh glossary concepts appearing on your Moodle course's main page.
As with any other Moodle module, you are limited only by your imagination!
1 - How to Create a Glossary - View Video
2 - How to Import a Glossary - View Video
3 - How to Export a Glossary - View Video
There are many ways to use a glossary to enhance learning in your virtual classroom. Here are a few:
The ideas and resources on this page came from a variety of sources listed below:
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