Moodle - Archive a course(UW-Madison)


UW-Madison has adopted Canvas as its single, centrally supported learning management system. As of 6/1/2018, support for Desire2Learn (D2L) and most Moodle courses has been discontinued. Access to those courses has permanently ended. However, certain Moodle courses that are part of the Adanced Quizzing Content Functional Gaps project are still available on Moodle. Those courses are located on the Moodle Extension site.

Importing / Exporting / Backing existing Course Material

It is strongly encouraged to make a backup copy of your course or course components for your records : Moodle - Backup and Restore

WARNING: Student content and grades are regulated by FERPA. Please store data in accordance with University FERPA policies, defined here:

Export Content and Components

Moodle allows users the ability to export their course contents and components with the capability to select specific resources or activities. This means that any collection of activities or resources that exist in the course can be exported in a single file.  However, it is important to notice the backup file types are Learning Management System (LMS) specific and require a Moodle or Canvas instance to view the contents in a simple and meaningful way. Depending on your backup needs, you may choose to collect your files from Moodle in one of several ways.

The backup file can be used to import content from Moodle into Canvas.
Any backup file of a Moodle course can be used to import prior content into Canvas. Be aware what type of backup you are using to import to Canvas. 

1) To make a personal backup including student participation data or logs, you can use the Backup and Restore function in Moodle. Here is a link with the instructions on how to perform a Backup and Restore : Moodle - Backup and Restore
Note: This backup file will be in a Moodle Backup format (.mbz) and therefore files or resources may only be meaningfully accessible when imported into a Moodle instance.
2) To make a backup of the content from a previous course to later use in Canvas, you should use the Export to Canvas tool in Moodle. Here is a link on how to export course content from a previous course : Canvas - Exporting your course materials from Moodle and importing them into Canvas (UW-Madison)
Note: This backup file will be in a Canvas Course Export Package format (.imscc) and therefore files or resources may only be meaningfully accessible when imported into Canvas.
3) To collect important files for future use, consider downloading them individually.  Moodle does not have a function to download all files to a .zip resource in an easy way.

Export a Course Grade Book

To learn how to export course grades refer to the Moodle - Importing and Exporting Grades

Once an export is completed, it is good practice to password protect the grade book file. Consult one of the following tutorials to learn how to encrypt an exported grade book file (depending on your computer's operating system):

Download Quiz Question Banks

Moodle has the ability to download question banks in several formats for use in other Learning Management Systems. To learn about this process refer to :  Moodle - Importing and Exporting Questions

Download Assignment Submissions

Moodle has the ability to download user submissions for an assignment. Learn about the process of downloading multiple assignment file submissions in the following article : Moodle - Downloading Multiple Files for Grading

Download Forum Discussions

To export the forum discussion posts, the following article discussions explains how to export forum posts : Moodle - Exporting Forum Discussions section (under Moodle - Creating and Using a Forum)

Download Activity Reports

Statistics for activities can be downloaded to as a .csv file that can be opened with Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet applications. 
You can also save a Report for a quiz as .csv file. The information provided by statistics and reports is somewhat similar. The following article discusses the process : Moodle - Running Reports

Keywords:Moodle, export, import, archive   Doc ID:77987
Owner:Haengjung Y.Group:Moodle
Created:2017-11-06 10:37 CSTUpdated:2018-03-05 16:56 CST
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