This presentation looks at the glossary and database activity modules. Lets start with glossaries. What are these glossaries all about then? Am I talking about giving our students the new terminology they need for the course they are in? If we have given them the definitions, they should understand all the new words in the course, right?
If I give the students a course &quot;word list&quot; I think I have been unfair on them. They have not been given the opportunity to construct meaning for themselves, in fact I don't even think they will read the glossary to be honest unless they are involved in its construction.
I am going to ask you to step back for a minute and see if your students can figure out the meanings of the words they are learning themselves
So in this scenario our roles as teachers becomes to guide them and point them in the right direction
Get the students constructing meaning together in their class, writing their own quality and course context relevant definitions of the words they need to succeed in their chosen field
it might take a while for the students to break out if they are not used to this style
It might initially be a bit of a stretch creating their own definitions, the words are theirs, as defined by them, in the context that is relevant to them it will be rewarding for them in the end
who knows, maybe the students will be giving me a hand to help me understand!
so enough talking about it, lets give glossaries ago. In groups, define a word you learned today. 3 minutes. Now swap with group near you and give ach other feedback by writing on each others paper. 3 minutes. I could have asked you to give each other a rating, allowed duplicate entries of the same word.
Youtube has plenty of screen captures of people showing you how to make moodle resources
The glossary activity is a nice entry point for teachers, before they try out the database activity, which offers more features, including creating more fields and creating custom views.
Moodle Glossaries and databases
The glossary and database activity modules MoodleMoot 2010 Tabitha Roder
Glossary activity <ul><ul><li>make glossaries more than just word lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>learners creating, sharing and refining their definitions together creates deeper understanding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use the random glossary block to show off your students entries </li></ul></ul>
Database activity <ul><ul><li>plan before you build </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>choose the right fields to get the right results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tailor your templates to be fit for purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>empower your students to create and share their own learning material </li></ul></ul>
Where to from here <ul><ul><li>further info on docs.moodle.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>get innovating and start creating </li></ul></ul>