Backing Up a Course

Description: This script will walk the faculty through the steps to backup a course, or parts of a course, separate from the sitewide backups a web server admin might make. These backups can provide a long-term backup for the faculty or can be imported into another course for reuse of the course material.

Start in the old course

1. From the course you want to backup, click Backup (found under the Settings block under Course Administration on the Archive server OR under the Settings (wheel) icon > Backup on the New Moodle server.










2. The default settings include everything in the backup file, including enrolled users. Since you are transferring content, you’ll want to uncheck include enrolled users.









NOTE: If you want to keep the default backup settings, just click Jump to final step, otherwise, click Next. ( If you click Jump to Final Step, just click Continue once the course backup is complete.)

3.  If you want to review these settings or choose only some of the content, click Next. The next step gives you a breakdown of all content being transferred.

It should be noted that Turnitin assignments should NOT be ported from one course to another. If the course you are backing up includes Turnitin Assignments, do NOT click Jump to Final Step, but continue on to step 5 to select items not to include in the backup. If you want all of the content, click Jump to Final Step (this begins the backup process automatically).



5. If you click Next, review the content, uncheck what you don’t want and continue clicking Next until you get the Perform Backup button. (Leave the default backup filename as is.)

              (If you have Turnitin assignments in the course you are backing up, please uncheck those items prior to clicking Next.

6. Once the backup is complete, you will see a screen indicating the backup is complete. Click Continue, which will take you to the course backup/restore area.

Download backup 

  1. The final step is to download the backup you just created in order to restore it on another server or for safe keeping on OneDrive or another storage location.
  2. Find your backup file lower down on the page – it will be time stamped and have an auto-generated filename which includes your course name. (If you chose not to include enrolled users in your backup, the backup file can be located under User Private Backup Area. If you left user data in the backup, it can be found under Activity or Course Backup area).
  3. Click Download and save the file where you can find it.
  4. Next, move that downloaded file (ends in .mbz) to OneDrive or another storage location OR follow the Restore a Course instructions to restore a course to another server.