Moving Course Content to Fall 2015 Courses Moodle ISU


Introduction

The Moodle backup utility allows you to create a compressed backup file of the contents of your Moodle course. The backup file can then be saved to your computer and can be used to restore course materials.  The following handout describes how to backup data from a course taught in Moodle 2.7.  This handout also contains instructions for restoring the backup into a Moodle 2.8 course for Fall 2015.

This guide will help you to understand:

For information on how to access Moodle 2.8, see Accessing the Moodle 2.8 Server.

How to Back Up Course Data from Moodle 2.7

Backup files can be used to restore course material to the Moodle server when needed.  

To backup a course:

  1. Log into Moodle ISU
  2. Select the course you wish to backup.
  3. In the Administration block, Select Backup.

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  1. On the Backup settings page, make sure only these four options are checked: Include activities, Include blocks, Include filters, and Include question bank.
  1. For backing up IMS Common Cartridge, contact the ITRC.

  1. Click Next.
  2. Select the check-boxes next to the resources you want included in the backup file.
  1. You can select or deselect the whole course by selecting the All or the None option at the top of the page.

Note: If you would like to add specific items from a Week/Topic, you must Select the name of the Week/Topic and then select the specific items you would like backed up.

  1. Once you have selected the items you wish to backup, Click the Next button.
  2. On the next page, you will see the backup filename, settings and included items.

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Note: If you choose to change the filename in the filename area, make sure to Keep the .mbz at the end of the file. Otherwise, the file will not work when you want to restore the course content.

Example: CourseBackUp_Fall2014.mbz

  1. At the bottom of the page, Click Perform backup.

  1. This process may take a few minutes. Do not do anything with your computer until the progress bar reaches 100%.  
  1. If it is taking longer than expected, contact the ITRC.

  1. Once the backup has been “successfully created,” Click Continue.

How to Save a Moodle 2.7 Backup File

Once the backup has been completed and you click continue, you will need to save the backup file to your computer. 

To save a backup file:

  1. In the Course backup area, Locate the backup file you just created.
  2. Click Download to save the file to your computer.
  1. Remember to save the file to a specific location to make it easier to find later.

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  1. In the pop up window, Select Save File.

  1. Click OK.
  2. Browse to where you would like to save the file.  
  3. Click Save.

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How to Restore Backup from Moodle 2.7 into Moodle 2.8

For instructions on how to access the Moodle 2.8, see Accessing the Moodle 2.8 Server.

Once you have accessed the Moodle 2.8 server, these instructions will help you restore your course content to the desired course.

To restore a backup file:

  1. Select the desired course.
  2. Once in the course, in the Administration block, Select Restore. 

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  1. In the Import a backup file area, Click Choose a file.

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  1. On the left hand side of the File picker pop-up window, Select the Upload a file repository.

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  1. Click Browse.

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  1. Search for the backup file you saved to your computer from Moodle 2.7.

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  1. Select the file and Click Open.
  2. In the File picker window, Click Upload this file.

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  1. In the Import a backup file area, Click Restore.

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  1. On the Backup settings page, in Course sections, you will be shown all the contents of your backup file.

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  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and Click Continue.

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  1. Make sure the Merge the backup course into this course option is selected and Click Continue.

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  1. In the Restore settings, you can deselect the following if desired:
  1. Include activities and resources
  2. Include blocks
  3. Include filters
  4. Include calendar events

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  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and Click Next.

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  1. In Course settings, you can verify that you’re restoring the backup file into the correct course.
  1. The Course name will be the name shown to students on their Moodle pages.
  2. The Course short name is what is seen in the Navigation block under My courses.

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Note: It is not recommended to change any of the course settings. If you feel that you need to change something, contact the ITRC. Do not choose yes for “Overwrite course configuration” for Academic courses as this will stop enrollments from Banner.

  1. Select the check boxes next to the resources you want included in the restore.
  1. You can select or deselect the whole course by Selecting the All or the None option at the top of the page.

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Note: If you would like to add specific items from a Week/Topic, you must Select the name of the Week/Topic and then Select the specific items you would like restored.

  1. After making your selections, Scroll to the bottom of the page and Click Next.

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  1. Scroll through the next page and make sure your selections are marked with a checkmark.
  1. If you chose not to include anything, it will be marked with an “X”.

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  1. At the bottom of the page, Click Perform restore.

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  1. After the course has been restored successfully, Click Continue.

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Note: If you decided to not include an item(s) in the restore, you will receive a Technical information and warnings message below the “Course was restored successfully” message. It is just a list of the activities/items that were “skipped” in the restore.

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After clicking Continue, you will be taken to the main page of your course and you can organize and rearrange the activities.

For information on how to manage course material, see Moodle ISU Overview.

For further assistance please contact the ITRC.


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