Moodle glossaries are great, and there are so many ways to use them. Content can include everything from vocabulary to FAQs to fact-of-the-day to picture story starters. You can build them yourself as a teacher or  have students build them. Glossaries can be displayed as a regular glossary type list, or you can auto-link words to glossary entries or display a random glossary block.

Here’s a new tool to make your use of Moodle glossaries even easier. The Kids Open Dictionary glossary builder now has an auto-export to Moodle! (And this resource is completely public domain.)

Here are the quick instructions.

  1. In the dictionary, click Glossary builder.
  2. Enter your list of glossary words separated by commas. Click build.
  3. Check the resulting definitions. If there is more than one definition for a word, put a check mark next to the definition you want to include. If a word has no definition, you will need to add it. When you are done, click the Moodle button.
  4. Right-click the “Click here to download your glossary button” link, and save the file somewhere (e.g. your desktop).
  5. Go to your Moodle course. If you haven’t already, turn editing on and create a glossary by selecting Glossary from the “Add an activity” drop-down menu. (More on Moodle glossaries here.)
  6. Select the glossary and select “Import entries.”
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  7. Browse to select the file saved in step #4.

That’s it! If you have suggestions on how to make this tool more useful or if you have a list of words that you’d like to have prioritized for definitions, shoot us an email.

Auto-create Moodle glossaries!
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  • February 19, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Hi Karen,
    Many thanks for showing this great resource! In administrating our LMS, I’ve wanted a way to create glossaries for courses with a lot of educational jargon. I will be trying this out!


  • February 28, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I have found that instead of clicking on the download link, I right click and save the target to my desktop, it’s easier.

    I am posting this to the Exchange to share this nice resource.
    Paula B-)

  • March 26, 2010 at 10:47 am

    So how do I import a long list of favorite quotations (for example in the old fortune format where each quotation line is separated by a % symbol) into a glossary?

    I certainly don’t want to assign a keyword to each one of the hundreds of quotations! Nor do i want to import each individually…

  • March 26, 2010 at 12:31 pm


    The glossary builder described here is intended for words and definitions and, specifically, those from the Kids Open Dictionary. As such, it wouldn’t really work for quotations or other non-word-and-definition applications. Sorry. There might be another tool that is appropriate for your use.

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