Is including a wiki the best way to make a dictionary in Moodle? As I give students new vocab I want to find a place to collect the words as well as the rules about how to use them, along with some examples.
I'd use the glossary Also -if you like, you can let them join in the hunt for words by collaboratively adding to the glossary
Thanks! I have seen that plugin. The examples of glossaries that I have seen look a lot like wikis I have seen. Can someone give me examples of situations where wikis are best and situations where glossaries are best used?
Glossaries are very easy and simple to use in Moodle for both teachers and students. They are a kind of database. They can be used for teachers to present information to students (as an English teacher, I've created a "grammar glossary" for example), or they can be used by students to present the results of collective research on a subject: each student writes an article on a different endangered animal, for example. Students can comment on and rate each others' articles. Images, audio and video files from the Internet can be added.
A wiki can be more ambitious: students can collaborate on writing the same article. Students can create linked subpages to create a mini website. However, I've found the standard wiki on Moodle 1.9 rather buggy - I hope it's better on Moodle 2.0.
I definitely thing the Glossary activity will work much better for what you have described. You can also use the Random Glossary block for added benefit.
The Wiki activity is good for students collaborating on a specific document or project, as you can set that up so they can all edit a specific project without having to email it to each other and wait for it to come back. See the video for an example of how a wiki can be used.