Glossary of common terms


This glossary defines a number of words you will see used often in discussions about Moodle - you'll find them highlighted throughout this course.

If you wish to import this glossary to your Moodle site, you can download this file of exported entries: glossary_of_common_terms_20101214.xml.

Please feel free to add new words here!

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Mark Johnson

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FUD

by Mark Johnson - Sunday, May 5, 2013, 6:34 AM
 

Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt.

Negative statements made with no real supporting evidence designed to discourage people from taking a particular course of action.  This could be done with malicious intent (e.g. to put potential customers off a competing product), or innocently by passing on received wisdom that is incorrect.


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POC

by Mark Johnson - Monday, May 30, 2011, 3:06 PM
 

Proof Of Concept - a prototype created to show that an idea is technically fesible.  While the prototype probably isn't suitable for real-world use, it provides a starting point for discussion and design of a real solution.


Picture of Mark Stevens

Mark Stevens

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DRM

by Mark Stevens - Tuesday, April 24, 2007, 9:29 AM
 
Digital rights management (DRM) is the umbrella term referring to any of several technical methods used to handle the description, layering, analysis, valuation, trading and monitoring of the rights held over a digital work. In the widest possible sense, the term refers to any such management.

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Markus Ebenhoeh

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SQL

by Markus Ebenhoeh - Saturday, July 5, 2008, 5:29 AM
 
short for 'Structured Query Language'


(I entered this entry only because a forum search for 'firebird' also brought up ALL the entries that included 'sql' even as a substring as e.g. in 'mysqladmin'.)



Martin Dougiamas

Martin Dougiamas

Martin Dougiamas

activities

by Martin Dougiamas - Tuesday, November 11, 2003, 2:38 PM
 
Activities in Moodle are educational things to do. They include, for example: discussing a topic in a forum, writing a journal entry, submitting an assignment, or completing a quiz.

Martin Dougiamas

applet

by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 22, 2003, 10:28 PM
 
Applets are small programs written in Java and embedded within web pages. Most recent browsers can run these small programs if you have Java installed on your computer.

Martin Dougiamas

Breadcrumb

by Martin Dougiamas - Saturday, May 21, 2005, 10:35 PM
 
Breadcrumbs are what Hansel and Gretel used the famous fairy tale to remember the way back to where they came from.

Moodle DOES NOT use breadcrumbs, as this is what your browser is for and why it has a back button/menu.

Moodle has a navigation bar in the header (and optionally footer) that shows the location of the current page within the site structure.

Martin Dougiamas

constructivism

by Martin Dougiamas - Sunday, October 19, 2003, 12:55 PM
 
This point of view maintains that people actively construct new knowledge as they interact with their environment.

Everything you read, see, hear, feel, and touch is tested against your prior knowledge and if it is viable within your mental world, may form new knowledge you carry with you. Knowledge is strengthened if you can use it successfully in your wider environment. You are not just a memory bank passively absorbing information, nor can knowledge be "transmitted" to you just by reading something or listening to someone.

This is not to say you can't learn anything from reading a web page or watching a lecture, obviously you can, it's just pointing out that there is more interpretation going on than a transfer of information from one brain to another.

Martin Dougiamas

CSS

by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:14 PM
 
Abbreviation for "Cascading Style Sheets". CSS defines styles and colours and how they should be applied to a web page.

Martin Dougiamas

CVS

by Martin Dougiamas - Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 6:42 PM
 
The Concurrent Versioning System (CVS) is a method of storing files on a server that helps coordinate many people working on those files. Moodle's code repository was managed using CVS from the beginning of the project up until 2010 before switching to Git.


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