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, identify a jargon word in the Sharefest programme and then write a definition together in your group, ensuring that your writing helps the reader understand the words use in the context of this conference. 3 minutes. Now swap with group near you and give each other feedback by writing on each others paper. 3 minutes. Edit your writing based on the feedback. Identify a group to rate the entries, giving up to 5 marks depending on criteria set by us as a whole – e.g. is the definition accurate, does it match the context of Sharefest, and is the spelling and grammar correct. You could use the same word, so note that this means allowing duplicate entries of the same word in your Moodle glossary. Let's see what this would look like in Moodle.
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.
Tips <ul><li>make glossaries more than just word lists </li></ul><ul><li>learners creating, sharing and refining their definitions together create deeper understanding </li></ul><ul><li>use the random glossary block to show off your students entries </li></ul>
Tips <ul><li>plan on paper or whiteboard before you build </li></ul><ul><li>choose the right fields to get the right results </li></ul><ul><li>tailor your templates to be fit for purpose </li></ul><ul><li>empower your students to create and share their own learning material </li></ul>
Where to from here <ul><li>further info on docs.moodle.org </li></ul><ul><li>get innovating and start creating </li></ul>