this is somewhat odd to me, whats the point of having both on the same page ?
is there anyway to have it pull from a glossary inside a course ?
I would like to display a random quote on the front page but not have the actual glossary of origin on the front page
Long answer: I am willing to change the code to allow global glossaries / glossaries from other courses, but I don't know what should happen to the footer text.
At the moment the footer text links to a page where students can add entries / view other entries / etc...
There is no way for the block to know if students are allowed to add entries / view other entries when the glossary is not in the same course the block is in.
I can give you the code you need to change to allow more glossaries but then you have to take care the first two options for footer text don't point to a glossary which may not be accessible. (see screenshot)
And a new question for you This whole idea of a footer text behaving differently depending on the glossary needs rethinking: having three fields to enter a footer text seems odd (without even mentioning the feature request for a fourth and fifth option: bug 3561)
If you have a clever idea on how the configuration screen should look, I am willing to make the changes.
In Edit mode (as Admin or teacher), locate the Glossary which is used by the Random Glossary Quotes block and click on the eye icon on the right to hide it. You will still see it (greyed out) as Admin/Teacher, but the students won't see it.
I am afraid you are right. Once again this boils down to having the option to hide resources / activities from view (because they are available through other means) without preventing students accessing them. At the moment there is no such option except a nonstandard block which enables you to add resources / activities to a section 100 which is not shown on the page, but which is accessible for students. Could this be a solution for your problem?
Make a backup !
Install the side bar block from this discussion
Put the glossary inside the sidebar block
Now hide the sidebar block
Please be cautious trying this out. I haven't used the sidebar block, so I don't know how well it behaves. I'd like to hear other peoples ideas on this, especially on how well backup/restore of a course work when you add activities to the sidebar instead of to the main course section.
This behavior is quite logical. If students could access the full Glossary through clicking on "more quotes" link in the Random Glossary Entry block, then what what would be the point of hiding the Glossary from them in the Topic section in the center column?
Your original query was: ''1) I want students to view the glossary via the random glossary entry block but not add entries. 2) I don't seem to be able to do this without also displaying the glossary in the centre block."
For 1), just set Students can add entries: to No in the Glossary's edit mode.
For 2) Why do you want to hide the Glossary from students (see my point "logical behavior" above)?
Hope that helps,
Personally I can understand Roger's reasons for hiding the block from student's eyes without disabling their access to it:
Suppose you have a 'Historical person of the week' block and you want students to be able to browse the ones that have already been added.
The block will have a description of a person and underneath there will be a link to the full glossary. It would be confusing if the course section also included a link which leads to the full glossary.