Moodle 3: Transferring Course Content from Master Course

Content can be imported from a Master Course into your Teaching Course once the Teaching Course has been created. For all previously taught courses in Moodle (not Master Courses), skip to step 1 under Import Material into Teaching Course. There is no need to make a backup of your previously taught courses since backups are automatically created at the end of each semester.

To Create a Manual Backup:

1. Log on to Moodle and select the desired Master Course.

2. Click on the Backup link in the Administration block.

Restore option in administration block

3. In the Backup Settings area, unselect any settings that you do not wish to include in the backup. Click Next.

Note: If you want to use the default settings and include all materials and content, you may click Jump to Final Step.

Backup settings options

4. In the Include settings area, unselect any materials or content that you do not wish to include in the backup. Click Next to continue.

Include information for backup

5. Confirm that your selections are correct and click the Perform backup button at the bottom of the page to backup your course.

Perform backup button

6. Once the backup is complete, click on the Continue button.

Backup complete screen

Note: Manually created backups in Moodle 2 will not appear in the list of backups in Moodle 3 since they are not on the same site.



To Import Material Into A Teaching Course:

1. Log in to Moodle and click on the course you want to import content into (e.g., your new course). 

2. The Simple Restore block is a default block within the course. If the block was deleted, it can be added back. See GROK article 18411 for instructions.

3. In the Simple Restore block, click Import all materials into current course.

 Import all materials into current course link in the simple restore widget.

4. In the “Short name” field, enter text to search for the desired course. You can enter an easy search term, such as your name, or the department code and course number. (Example: BIOL 1001).

Short name text box

5. A list of backups will appear. Select the desired backup file. You will only see those courses where you have authorized access.

Note: If you do not see a backup listed for the course you would like to import from, you can manually backup your course (see GROK article 18459 for instructions). 

list of moodle backups available for import

6. Click Continue at the top of the screen to proceed with the import.

Continue button at the top of the screen.

7. A screen will appear telling you that the course was restored successfully. Select Continue to return to the course.

Continue button on the successful restore screen.

Note: If you notice any sections (topics/weeks) missing after importing materials, check the section labeled as "orphaned activities." For more information, please visit GROK article 18947.  


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