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!

Browse the glossary using this index

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by Ian Darwin - Friday, March 4, 2005, 6:19 AM
UNIX is a computer operating system that originated around 1970 at Bell Laboratories and has been in continuous use and development since.
Linux is a rewrite of UNIX, whereas FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X and Solaris, among others, are descendants of the original UNIX implementation.

Today UNIX and Linux run the majority of servers and other "infrastructure" on the Internet, but is also used on a lot of desktop systems (including Mac OS X, the #2 best-selling commercial operating system in the world).

Martin Dougiamas


by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, October 1, 2003, 2:19 PM
To move your files from a personal computer "up" to a server. Also see FTP and download.

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,

Martin Dougiamas


by Martin Dougiamas - Wednesday, March 2, 2005, 7:28 PM
The effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction with which users can achieve tasks in a particular environment of a product. High usability means a system is: easy to learn and remember; efficient, visually pleasing and fun to use; and quick to recover from errors.

With software, the usability is very dependent on the interface.

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by David Mudrák - Thursday, November 27, 2014, 3:18 AM
"Use The Source, Luke". See

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by James Irwin - Tuesday, December 9, 2008, 1:20 AM
UTT is a forum term and is an abbreviation of Undescriptive Thread Title.

Examples of this could be "hey guys" or "funny pic".