Moodle: How to Import All Materials into a Course

Importing All Materials allows the instructor to import all of the content from another Moodle course into a current course without clearing the content that already exists there. If you are importing content from a Master Course, or a course in which you made recent changes, be sure to first make a backup of the course before importing the content. For instructions, visit Moodle: How to Backup a Course. 

If you wish to override all content within your current course and start from scratch, visit Moodle: How to Overwrite a Course. If you wish to manually select which content should be imported, visit Moodle: Selective Import Content From Other Moodle Courses.

For additional information, please visit Moodle: Ways to Restore or Import Content into a Course.


How to Import All Materials From Another Course Into a Current Course:

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

2. Click Course Tools near the bottom of the left sidebar.

course tools links under contents section


3. Then scroll to the Simple Restore section and click Import all materials into current course

import all materials into current course link under simple restore


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).

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

manage backup files button


Note: If you do not see a backup listed for the course you would like to import from, you may need to manually backup that course (see Moodle: How to Backup a Course for instructions).

6. Click Continue to proceed

Note: If you notice any sections (topics/weeks) missing after importing materials, you may need to add additional sections to your course.  Simply click the Create a new section link located near the bottom of the Contents sidebar to add a new section.  Repeat as many times as needed for all of your content to appear.


Support & Training

Support and training for Moodle is available via the Faculty Technology Center at For more information, please see the following article: Faculty Technology Center: LSU Overview

Attending at least one training session for Moodle upgrades is highly recommended. For a comprehensive list of training sessions, as well as to register for a slot, please see

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