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Desire2Learn 9.0

Creating a Course Glossary

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

return to topCreating a New Term

If you are adding many terms to your glossary, you should import the terms with Microsoft Excel. But if you are adding just a few terms or one term at a time, adding them in Desire2Learn will be faster.

  1. From the My Home page, select the desired course
    The Course Home page appears.

  2. On the Navigation bar, click GLOSSARY
    The Glossary dialog box appears.
    NOTE: Glossary will only appear on the Navigation bar if it is a Current Active Link.

  3. Click ADD TERMAdd Term icon
    The Add Term page appears.
    Glossary dialog box: Add Term page

  4. In the Term text box, type the term you want to add

  5. In the Definition scroll box, type the definition of your term
    HINT: To use HTML coding, click HTML EDITORhtml editor button

  6. OPTIONAL: To link the term to a topic, from the Link to Content Topic pull-down menu, select the desired topic

  7. Click SAVE
    The term is added to the glossary.
    OR
    To save the term and create another term,
    1. Click SAVE AND NEW
    2. Repeat steps 4-6

return to topImporting Terms from Excel

You can use Excel worksheets to create several glossary terms at one time and import them to Desire2Learn's Glossary. When creating a list of terms in an Excel worksheet, you must 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.
Microsoft Excel Example

  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. To 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, navigate to and select the desired save location
    4. In the File name text box, type a name for your file
    5. Click SAVE
      A dialog box appears.
    6. Click OK
      A dialog box appears.
    7. Click YES
  6. From the Desire2Learn My Home page, select the desired course
    The Course Home page appears.

  7. On the Navigation bar, click GLOSSARY
    The Glossary dialog box appears.
    NOTE: Glossary will only appear on the Navigation bar if it is a Current Active Link.

  8. Click IMPORT TERMSImport Terms button
    The Import Terms page appears.

  9. In the Import File text box, type the file location
    OR
    To browse for a file:
    1. Click BROWSE...
      The Choose file dialog box appears.
    2. Using the Look in pull-down menu, navigate to and select the desired file
    3. Click OPEN
  10. Click IMPORT TERMS
    A confirmation page appears.

  11. Click IMPORT SELECTED TERMS
    The terms are imported into the glossary.

return to topEditing a Term

Once terms are created, you can edit their names or definitions.

  1. From the My Home page, select the desired course
    The Course Home page appears.

  2. On the Navigation bar, click GLOSSARY
    The Glossary dialog box appears.

  3. Next to the desired term, click EDIT TERMEdit Term button
    The Edit Term options appear.

  4. Make the desired changes

  5. Click SAVE
    The changes are complete.

return to topDeleting a Term

You can permanently eliminate terms and definitions from the glossary.

  1. From the My Home page, select the desired course
    The Course Home page appears.

  2. On the Navigation bar, click GLOSSARY
    The Glossary dialog box appears.

  3. Select the desired term(s)
    NOTE: A checkmark appears when a term is selected.

  4. From the top of the page, click DELETEDelete button
    A confirmation dialog box appears.

  5. Click OK
    The term(s) are deleted.

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