Importing Course Content Moodle ISU


The Import function allows course content to be moved from one course to another within the same instance of Moodle. User data (student files), manually added calendar events, and topic headings (summaries) will not be imported using this function.

Note: The import function will not be able to move content from 2015 - 2016 courses to the 2016 - 2017 Moodle instance. To transfer your course content between the servers please use Backing up and Restoring Moodle ISU Course Data to 2015-2016 Courses.

Import Content into your Course

  1. Select the “empty” course or the course that needs the course material.

Note: You can access your courses from your Dashboard, or Site home lists.

  1. In the Settings Gear Menu, Select Import.

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Note: It is important to allow each page in this process to load completely before moving on to the next step.

  1. On the next page, Select the course that contains the course material you want to import from.
  2. Click Continue.

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Note: If you do not see the course you want listed in the courses that come up, use the search function located below the list of courses.

  1. Select the item categories you want to import from the course by clicking on the box next to each activity.


  1. Click the Next or Jump to final step.

Note: Jumping will immediately import your content without having you review the material you are importing into your course.

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If you clicked Next:

  1. On the next page, Select the items you want to import from the list that appears on the screen.

Note: You can select or deselect the whole course by selecting the All or the None option at the top of the page.


Note: Entire week's/topics can be selected/deselected at once by checking the box next to the week/topic title turning the items grey.

Note: If you would like to select a specific item, the name of the week/topic that it is in must be checked, before you can select the item.

Note: Importing the Announcements forum will create duplicate Announcements forum in your course.

  1. Once you have selected the items you wish to import, Click Next.

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  1. On the Confirmation and review page, you will see a checkmark next to the items that are to be imported and an X next to the ones that will not be imported.

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

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  1. Wait for the progress bar to reach 100%.

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Note: When the import is complete, a new screen will appear that says Import complete.

  1. Click Continue to return to the course.

Note: The imported course content should now be visible on your course homepage.        

For more information, see Import Course Data

For additional assistance, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

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