Using Widgets – Dictionary Support


If you are using a VLE then one way to support learners is through the use of widgets. A widget is a small piece of software that can be installed on a web page or VLE course page.

Care must be taken on what widgets are introduced to the course page as some may contain malicious code, if at all unsure take advice from your IT Services department.

An example of a useful support widget for learners is the Cambridge Dictionaries Online widget. Every course has its own terminology or words that may be new to a learner. This widget enables a teacher to provide an embedded dictionary search tool, the learner types the word they need help with and they look it up whilst on your VLE course page. Once they hit the Look it Up area within the widget, the Cambridge Dictionaries Online website will open and they can listen to the word being spoken and read the definition. Cambridge Dictionary search widget

Cambrige Dictionary Online website

The widget is downloaded from their website in the form of HTML code.

To add it to a Moodle VLE course page you:

select HTML from the drop-down menu in the Add A Block section

Select Configure the Block Settings and provide a Block Title.

From the toolbars select the HTML editor (<> icon) and paste in the widget’s HTML code.

Adding a widget to a Moodle block

To get the website to open in a new tab/window, you need to add the code

target=”_blank” as seen in the image above (select the image to see it in full size) before the <table style=…… instruction.

Written for HOLEX by Ideas4Learning Limited

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