As like many moodlers I have extensive glossaries, which are auto-linked within my other resources, the 'lesson module' is the most heavily affected.
I have students ask me this question quite frequently and thought this to be a good idea to action some changes on my site:
"How do I turn the glossary links off? It makes reading the text difficult"
And to be honest, I'd agree!
Auto-linking to the glossary is a Great feature! However there are downsides.....
Within Diploma/Degree level courses where a lot of textual content is a requirement it's an arduous job manually using the nolink features or "<span class="nolink">term</span>" for each word (or indeed page) I do not think should be linked.
Aside from this being a long winded task, it means I have to make the decision whether a term should or should not be linked. Although this really should be the decision of the student.
Students are at different levels, expertise and backgrounds. Many are from all around the world where English is the NOT their first language. The qualifications however, are taught in English as per the examining bodies requirements.
Students also have different learning styles and preferences, some use the linked terms in the glossaries heavily, others not at all.
So to my point - Shouldn't the feature to turn on/off the auto-linking for glossary terms to available for the student to toggle according to their personal preference?
Well I think so..... and I was wondering what other moodlers, teachers and admins alike think about providing this as an option to the student.
I'm still running a heavily customised 1.8.8 Moodle.....Upgrading to 1.9 isn't really an option and the jump to Moodle 2, well let's just say is problematic for us at present.
Regardless of which version of Moodle you are using, I don't believe this is an option in ANY version for the student to turn off/on the glossary auto-linking feature. Unless of course I'm mistaken?
I was hoping someone may have developed or hacked-up the code to allow for this.... If there are people out there with a solution I'd be very happy to get hold of it!!
I'd very much like to see this as a feature. Does anyone else have any thoughts about this?
All the best ;)