Your course may contain a glossary (sometimes referred to as a ‘Resource library’ or ‘Resource bank’), which is either provided for reference or as a student-created resource to which you can make contributions. A glossary can be identified in the course content area by the glossary icon, which looks like this: Glossary Icon. You can also access a glossary by clicking on the link to ‘Glossaries’ in the ‘Activities’ block on your course homepage.

Glossary as reference

The glossary provides definitions of common terms you may encounter in your study.

Finding an entry

You can find an entry in the glossary by clicking on the tabs. These allow you to view the entries either alphabetically, by category, or by the date an entry was made, or by author. Alternatively you can search for a specific term using the search box.


If you want to print out the list of entries, click on the ‘Printer-friendly version’ link in the top right corner and then select ‘Print’ from the ‘File’ menu in your browser.

Glossary as a student-created resource

While studying the course you may come across resources or definitions that you think would be useful to others. If your course has a glossary you can use this tool to add definitions to share with other course participants.

Adding an entry

To add an entry, first click on the link to the glossary to open it, then click on the ‘Add a new entry’ button, type the term in the ‘Concept’ field and type an explanation into the ‘Definition’ field. Then click 'Save changes' at the bottom of the screen. If you want to, you can suggest keywords or upload an attachment as well.

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