How do I Copy Content from One Moodle Course to Another?
Copying course content in Moodle is quick and easy. If you’re a Blackboard user, the terminology is a bit different with Moodle. To copy content from one course to another, you will need to create a backup of the course that has the desired content - the source course. The backup is essentially a .zip file of the course content.
Part One: Backing up the course content:
- Go to the Moodle site with the course that has the content you wish to copy.
- Go to Admin block, click on Backup.
- If you are using the Course Menu block, click on Control Panel, Backup and Copy Content tab, Backup.
- Use the check boxes beside the list of resources/activities you wish to include in the backup. Use the ALL/NONE links at the top for a mass selection. Select User Data NONE to copy only the content with out the student information.
- On the same page, Metacourse: Yes; Users: NONE (to exclude the current enrollment) User Files No; Course Files YES.
- Click Continue three times.
- At the files backup files area, right click on your name of the backup zip file you just created and save it to your computer.
To copy into another course/shell, you will restore it into the course you want to the content copied into - the destination course.
- You can copy from master to shell or shell to master or shell to shell.
- Links to the various Moodle semesters are located in CAW.
- You will want to be careful that you don’t copy old user information into a new course shell. However, if you make a mistake, it can usually be fixed.
Part Two: Restoring into the destination course
- Go to Moodle site with the destination course.
If it is a new shell, you will need to turn editing on and add the Administration block.
- Go to the settings option and modify the number of weeks/topics to match your course. If you don't do this, the new course will only restore up to the default number of topics/weeks (10).
- In the Administration block, click the Restore option. In Restore, click Upload file. Browse to find the zipped backup file saved to your computer in part 1.
- Upload file and hit the Restore button to the right of the file name.
- You will be asked if you want to restore the course, click ok.
- You will be prompted to continue. Choose to Continue.
- At the third prompt, choose the option to “restore to existing course deleting it first” This will copy over information and/or images in the summary block headers. Otherwise, they will not be included. This will also overright any information in the destination course; therefore, you will want to check the Administration block/Instructors and add yourself back if you are not listed
- .Finally, modify any settings in the destination course. Check to make sure you are still enrolled as the instructor before exiting.
** Note that if you are copying content into a semester shell, deleting it first, and students have already been loaded into the shells, you will lose the students until the next enrollment update - early am of the next day.
If you have questions or need additional assistance, please call Instructional Development @704.330.6111 or email IDEV@cpcc.edu