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Managing with Moodle: Reports and More

In this conclusion to a four-part article series on Moodle, an open source course management system for your classroom, you will learn how to restore and copy courses, and access course reports. This article is excerpted from chapter four of Using Moodle, Second Edition, Teaching with the Popular Open Source Course Management System, written by Jason Cole and Helen Foster (O'Reilly; ISBN: 059652918X). Copyright © 2007 O'Reilly Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission from the publisher. Available from booksellers or direct from O'Reilly Media.

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Restoring and Copying Courses

This section covers the following MTC skills: 8.7.1 Restore

Your backup ZIP file can be restored to create a new course or to copy activities into an existing course.

Figure 4-7.  Backing up a course 

Figure 4-8.  The backupdata directory

You will only be allowed to restore to a new course if you have been given appropriate permission at the course category or site level. Contact your system administrator if necessary.

To restore a course:

  1. Either upload a backup ZIP file to your course files area (as covered in Chapter 3) or click Restore in the Administration block to access the backupdata directory, as shown in Figure 4-8.
  2. Click the Restore link opposite the file you want to restore.
  3. On the next page, click Yes to the question “Do you want to continue?” to start the restore process.
  4. Click the Continue button at the bottom of the next page, listing details of the backup.
  5. On the next page, as shown in Figure 4-9, select whether you want to restore to the existing course, adding data to it or deleting it first.

    If you have permission to restore to a new course, the restore page will contain additional options for setting the new course category, short name, full name, and start date.

    Restoring a course without user data and changing the short name and start date is a good way to roll forward a class you want to use in another semester. An alternative method is to reset the course using the Reset link in your course Administration block. 
  6. Choose which activities you want to restore and whether to include user data.
  7. Select course users if you are including user data.
  8. Select appropriate role mappings. The options depend upon the roles you are allowed to assign. By default, teachers are only allowed to assign the roles of non-editing teacher, student, and guest.
  9. Click the Continue button.
  10. On the next page, click the “Restore this course now!” button.
  11. On the next page, the progress of the restore is displayed with a report if it was successful. Click the Continue button.

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