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How to Backup a Moodle Course

To Backup a Course for Archival Purposes or to Restore a Course


This tutorial will explain how to backup a Moodle Course.

Step One:  Settings – Backup

Step Two:  Select with/without users (usually without)

Step Three:  Select the parts of the course you want

Step Four:  Confirm settings

Step Five:  Click to Execute the backupbackup moodle

Step Six:  Depending on the size the backup it could take awhile, continue when complete.

Step Seven:  The backup file is now saved in your user private backup area to save the file to a different backup device (your computer, a jumpdrive, etc.) you should either “right click” on a PC or “Control Click” on a Mac to access the option to save a location.
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Step Eight:  Choose “Save Link As”

This will give you the option to save your backup file to a new location.



Step Nine:  You now have a compressed copy of your course.  This copy can be restored to the same course, to a new course, or combined with another course.  You will have to work with your Moodle administrator to request a new course where you have teacher privileges before you can do a restore.  Note:  you may also take your course to another Moodle server provided that server is also running Moodle V2.0.

Note:  In step three you can select just parts of a course and then later restore those parts into an existing course.  This is a nice way to share activities and topics between courses.  Just be careful when you copy into an existing course so that you do not overwrite topics.

Next week we will discuss Restoring a Moodle course from a backup.

Sandra Orwig

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1 Comment
  • Posted at 2:43 pm, July 5, 2015 Awesome blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged.

    Awesome blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged.

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