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Moodle Quickstart Guide for Faculty

Creating a Course Backup File

A course can be saved with some or all of its parts by using the course backup. Typically, the site administrator will set a schedule of automated course backups for the whole site. A teacher can create a backup or download an existing backup for safekeeping, or for use on another Moodle site.

The backup file that you obtain is similar to a .zip archive file and is a way to save the information from an entire course - including student data - in one compressed package.

If you want to import files and activities from one course to another, without including most student data, you can opt for the Import option instead.

Backing up a course
  • Start by going to the Actions menu gear icon and select Backup.

Actions menu

  • Initial settings - Select activities, blocks, filters and other items as required then click the Next button. 
  • Schema settings - Select/deselect specific items to include in the backup, then click the Next button.
  • If desired, select specific types of activity to be backed up by clicking the link Show type options.
  • Confirmation and review - Check that everything is as required, using the Previous button if necessary, otherwise click the Perform backup button. Here you can also edit the filename.
  • Complete - Click the Continue button

The final screen that appears is for managing your backup files. The Course backup area will show all the backup files for the course, which you can download and save to your local machine or to One Drive (or any other storage place).
You can use the backup file to restore a course to a previous version of it or to populate a new empty course to include student data.

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