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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Martin Dougiamas


by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:26 PM
This is where your web site or database, or both, resides. You may choose to run your own server or have a hosting provider look after this for you.
Entry link: server

Martin Dougiamas


by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:29 PM
XHTML will eventually replace HTML as the language used to program web pages for display in your web browser. It's actually very similar to HTML, but has stricter rules about the formatting. As the world moves to XHTML web browsers will display pages more consistently, and the web will also be more accessible to people with disabilities.
Entry link: XHTML

Martin Dougiamas


by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 4:57 PM
Short for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, a protocol for sending e-mail messages between servers. Most e-mail systems that send mail over the Internet use SMTP to send messages from one server to another. In addition, SMTP is generally used to send messages from a mail client (or a program like Moodle) to a mail server.
Entry link: SMTP

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by Tom Murdock - Saturday, October 4, 2003, 6:50 AM
A symptom or psychoses prompted by too much Moodling. Oodle-Moodle often manifests itself in relationships that have been stunted while Moodling. Husbands, wives, and children may ask an oodled soul to "step away from the machine" and to communicate once again with hand gestures and verbal cues rather than emoticons.

Might be contagious.
Entry link: Oodle-Moodle

Martin Dougiamas


by Martin Dougiamas - Monday, October 6, 2003, 11:10 PM
The areas within a course that hold activities are known as sections. This is a generic term that covers weeks and topics.
Entry link: sections

Martin Dougiamas


by Martin Dougiamas - Friday, October 17, 2003, 10:20 AM
HyperText Markup Language - a language used to create web pages.
Entry link: HTML

Martin Dougiamas


by Martin Dougiamas - Friday, October 17, 2003, 11:24 PM
Moodle was originally an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, but now it's just a name. smile

It's also a verb: "I try and moodle every day!"
Entry link: Moodle

Martin Dougiamas


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.
Entry link: constructivism

Martin Dougiamas


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.
Entry link: applet

Martin Dougiamas


by Martin Dougiamas - Monday, November 3, 2003, 1:04 AM

A Uniform Resource Locator is the address that is used to reach a website. For example,
Entry link: URL

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