Moodle: Selective Import Content From Other Moodle Courses

You can Import selected content from another Moodle course in which you are enrolled as the Primary or Non-Primary Instructor.  This feature is different from the Overwrite current course process in that it will not erase or overwrite any course material. It is also different from the Import all materials into current course process because it will simply add the content that you select. 


How to Selectively Import Materials from Other Moodle Courses:

  1. Login into Moodle and open the course into which you want to import content. 
  2. Click the Admin button near the top right and then click choose Selective Import from that menu

admin gear and selective import link


  1. Select the course from which you would like to import content and click Continue.  If the course does not appear in the list of choices, use the Search function to find the correct course.

NOTE:  You must have instructor access in both the source and destination courses to perform this process.

circle to select course and search bar for course


  1. Select/deselect activitiesblocks, and filters according to what you would like to be included.  In most cases, you will want to deselect Include groups and groupings to avoid importing empty groups into your new teaching course.  Select the appropriate options and then click Next

import settings options


  1. The following page will list all of the content items that will be imported. Select the items that you want to import and click Next. (*This may take several minutes depending on how many and the size of items you have selected to import.)

NOTE:  Moodle will only import the content items that have a check next to them.  By default, ALL items are checked. You must manually uncheck the items that you DO NOT WANT to import.  If you only want to import a single or small number of content items, you can select None at the top of the menu to deselect all items.  Then you can select only the item or items you wish to import.

none button


  1. You'll now see the status of all of the content items that have been imported into your course.  Ensure you have the correct items selected and click Perform Import.  When importing large amounts of data, the import process can be quite lengthy.  Once complete, click Continue to return to your course.

NOTE:  If you notice any sections (topics/weeks) missing after importing materials, you may need to add sections to your course by clicking the Create a new section option near the bottom of the left sidebar.


Support & Training

The Faculty Technology Center (FTC) provides Moodle support by email, by phone, or live through Zoom. For contact information, please see the article Faculty Technology Center: LSU Overview. To connect through Zoom and for further information on support services and training, see the LSU Online & Continuing Education Faculty Resources & Support page.

The FTC also provides just-in-time faculty training opportunities and recorded training sessions. Attending at least one training session for Moodle upgrades is highly recommended. For a comprehensive list of available workshops and recordings, please see the LSU Online & Continuing Education Technology Training page.

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