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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Data center

by sushumna rao - Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 3:23 PM

Data centers are repositories (virtual or physical) to house computers and their components (servers, networking systems etc).

Martin Dougiamas


by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:16 PM
An electronic collection of information, stored in tables of data. For example, Moodle contains a table of all users in a site. There are many brands of database software, but most people use MySQL.

Martin Dougiamas


by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:17 PM
The place where Moodle can save uploaded files. This directory should be readable and writeable by the web server user but it should not be accessible directly via the web.

Jason Jolaoso


by Jason Jolaoso - Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 8:17 PM
A programming language class, method, syntax or API that is no longer important or useful. In due course , it will become extinct.


by Jenny Watt - Sunday, November 9, 2003, 3:45 AM

Dynamic HTML (DHTML) describes using HTML, CSS and JavaScript to create dynamic content on pages. A menu or other objects on a web page that respond to the user without requiring an additional trip to the server or a plug-in application are examples of DHTML in use.

Martin Dougiamas


by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:20 PM
The dirroot is the name for the directory in which you have installed Moodle. It's a setting in config.php that must be entered correctly.

Martin Dougiamas


by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:18 PM
A name given to a computer or a group of computers. eg You can buy new domain names from a domain name registrar, of which there are many.

Martin Dougiamas


by Martin Dougiamas - Friday, February 6, 2004, 9:53 PM

To move your files from a server "down" to your personal computer. Also see FTP and upload.

You can download Moodle via the Moodle download page.


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.



by Mira Vogel - Wednesday, March 30, 2005, 5:49 PM
Abbreviation of EfurtWiki.

Moodle's wiki is based on ErfurtWiki, which is an implementation of the WikiWikiWeb hypertext system. It allows simple collaborative editing and creation of web pages.

For more about eWiki, see

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