To create a new term:

  1. From either the Manage Course or Manage Module view, select the Glossary button.
    screenshot of Glossary button highlighted

  2. Click the Add Term button.


  3. The Add New Term form will appear. Complete the form as follows:

    • Term (required): Enter the name of the term; this is a required field. 
    • Long Definition (required): Enter the definition; this is a required field. Notice that this is a text editor, similar to our content block, which allows you to format the text, add equations, links, etc. Typically, definitions are not written as complete sentences and therefore are in lowercase with no punctuation.
    • Short Definition (optional): The short definition will only be used to populate glossary terms into blocks where there is a character limit, such as matching. This has a character limit of 255. This field is not required. However, we strongly recommend that you complete it, so you have the flexibility to use it in a variety of blocks in the future. 
    • Image (optional):  Use the File Manager to choose an existing image or upload a new image.
    • Alt Text (required if an image is uploaded): Describe the image by telling viewers about the image, but at the same time using as few words as possible. The purpose of the alternative text is to allow the content or purpose of the image to be available to someone with visual or cognitive disabilities. Alt text is only visible to those with screen readers. (To learn more about alternative text visit http://webaim.org/techniques/alttext/.)
    • Image Caption (optional): Add a caption to the image which will be displayed on the screen for all viewers. 
    • Audio (optional): Use the File Manager to choose an existing audio file or upload a new audio file. 
    • Audio Transcript (strongly recommended if audio is uploaded): Use the audio transcript field to ensure the multimedia is accessible to students with auditory impairments.
    • Once you have completed the Add New Term form, select the Save button.
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  4. The term now appears in the course glossary.
    screenshot of term listed in glossary

    Student view of glossary term
    screenshot of the glossary show the word arms with its definition and an image

To import a term from the global glossary:

  1. From either the Manage Course or Manage Module view, select the Glossary button.
    screenshot of Glossary button highlighted

  2. Click the Import Global Terms button.
    screenshot of import global terms button highlighted

  3. Select the term(s) to be imported and click the Import button.
    screenshot of aggressor selected and import button highlighted

  4. The global glossary term is now listed in the course glossary.
    screenshot of a global term that has been imported.
    Note: Only a System Administrator, Course Administrator, or Glossary Editor can edit a global glossary term.



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