Creating a Course Glossary

The Course Glossary allows instructors to create a reference tool for course-related terms. Terms can be posted at your discretion.

Creating a New Term

If adding many terms to the glossary, import the terms with Microsoft Excel. If adding just a few terms or one term at a time, type them directly in D2L (it's faster).

  1. On the Course Home red navigation bar, click the GLOSSARY link. The "Glossary" dialog box appears.
  2. Click the ADD TERM button. The "Add Term" page appears.

    Glossary 2
  3. In the Term text box, type the term.
  4. In the Definition scroll box, type the definition of the term.
  5. OPTIONAL: link the term to a topic by going to the "Link to Content Topic" pull-down menu and selecting the desired topic.
  6. Click the SAVE button. The term is added to the glossary.
    OR save the term and create another term:
    1. Click SAVE AND NEW
    2. Repeat steps 4-6

Importing Terms from Excel

Instructors can use Excel worksheets to create several glossary terms at one time and import them to D2L's Glossary. When creating a list of terms in an Excel worksheet , label the columns before typing the terms and definitions. Type term in cell A1 and definition in cell B1. Then type the terms in column A and their definitions in column B.

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  1. Open Excel.
  2. In cell A1, type term.
  3. In cell B1, type definition.
  4. In column A and column B, type the terms and their definitions respectively.
  5. Save the Excel file:
    1. From the OFFICE button, select Save As/Other Formats. The "Save As" dialog box appears.
    2. Using the Save as type pull-down list, select CSV (Comma Delimited) (*.csv)
    3. Using the Save in pull-down list, select the desired save location.
    4. In the File name text box, type a name for the file.
    5. Click the SAVE button. A dialog box appears.
    6. Click OK. A dialog box appears.
    7. Click YES.
  6. On the My Home page, select the desired course. The Course Home page appears.
  7. On the red navigation bar, click the GLOSSARY link. The "Glossary" dialog box appears. Remember, "Glossary" will only appear on the Navigation bar if it is a Current Active Link.
  8. Click IMPORT TERMS . The "Import Terms" page appears.

    Import Glossary
  9. In the Import File text box type the file location
    OR browse for a file:
    1. Click BROWSE...The "Choose file" dialog box appears.
    2. Using the" Look in" pull-down menu, select the desired file.
    3. Click the OPEN button.
  10. Click IMPORT TERMS. A confirmation page appears.
  11. Click IMPORT SELECTED TERMS. The terms are imported into the glossary.

Editing a Term

Once terms are created the names and definitions can still be edited.

  1. On the Course Home page red navigation bar, click the GLOSSARY link. The "Glossary" dialog box appears.
  2. Next to the desired term, click EDIT TERM. The "Edit Term" options appear.

    Glossary Edit
  3. Make the desired changes.
  4. Click SAVE. The changes are complete.

Deleting a Term

Instructors can permanently eliminate terms and definitions from the glossary.

  1. On the Course Home page red navigation bar, click the GLOSSARY link. The "Glossary" dialog box appears.

    Delete glossary
  2. Select the desired term. A checkmark appears when a term is selected.
  3. From the top of the page, click DELETE. A confirmation dialog box appears.
  4. Click OK. The terms are deleted.