Creating Backups of Student Course Data

Exporting User Data in Moodle ISU Moodle ISU


Faculty members are responsible for backing up their own course materials at the end of each semester. Please note that course backups do not include the user data. If you wish to keep user data, follow the instructions in the guide. This handout will walk you through creating a backup of student data for a Moodle course. Student grades, log history, assignments, forum discussions and other data may be exported or downloaded for future reference.

To backup only the course data, see Backing up and Restoring Moodle ISU Course Data

This guide will help you understand:

Moodle ISU Course Archive Policy

Moodle courses are removed from the server four weeks after the start of the same term the following year.  For example, four weeks into the Fall 2015 semester the Fall 2014 semester will be removed.

To review the archive policies, see Archive Policies

Instructor Responsibilities

It is recommended that you create a folder on your computer to retain all backups and downloads of your Moodle data.  

  1. Create a folder on your computer to contain all your backup files.
  1. You may want to organize this file by class or by academic year
  1. You will only need to create backups for the data you wish to save.  Use the checklist below to guide you in deciding which information to export/download.

Note: If you need to restore user data into a Moodle ISU course, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or 

Checklist of Activities Containing Student Data

Check the boxes of the response files/student data you need to download/export.  Click on the links to access downloading/exporting instructions for the items you checked.

For more information, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email 

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