Backing up and restoring your Course from Moodle to eClass

If you'd like to copy content from a prior term on Moodle into a new course you are teaching on eClass, follow the steps below.

Backing up a course

  1. Select Backup from the edit gear menu 

  2. On the Backup settings page, select the elements of the course you would like to include in the backup, and then click Next.

  3. On the next page, select the specific activities and resources you would like to include in the backup, and click Next.

    Turnitin assignments

    On this page, it is important you find and deselect any Turnitin Assignments you have in your course. These will need to be recreated in your course. If they are included in the backup you will get an error when trying to restore the course.


  4. On the Confirmation and review page:
    • Edit the Filename to something you will be able to recognize, such as the course code and backup date.
    • Review all the Backup settings and Included items.
      You can go back and change any of the items by clicking Previous at the bottom of the page.

  5. When you are satisfied with the backup review, click Perform backup to continue. It may take several minutes to perform the backup, especially with
    larger courses. Once your back up has begun, do not click any buttons or links until the Complete page appears.

  6. The Complete page appears indicating the backup process has been completed. Click Continue.
  7. The Import a backup file page appears. Your course backup will appear in the User private backup area on this page, where it can be downloaded to your computer. Click Download.


The course is saved as a .mbz file. This is a unique file type for Moodle course backups and cannot be opened by other programs.

Restore your course backup into a new course

  1. Select Restore from the edit gear menu

  2. Use the Import backup file area to select your backup file created in the previous step. You can either drag and drop your file into the area or browse for you file using the file picker. You'll be prompted to select a copyright attestation for your content. To learn more about these copyright statuses visit the copyright website https://copyright.info.yorku.ca/copyright-status-options-for-materials-uploaded-to-moodle/ 
  3. Click Restore.

  4. On the Backup details page confirm that the materials listed are the ones you wish to copy into your new course and select Continue

  5. On the Destination page select Restore into this course and choose Merge the backup course into this course and select Continue. 

    If you already have content in your course and merge in other content just be mindful that you may have duplicates you might need to find and remove once the restore is successful.



  6. Confirm the elements that are being included on the next page and select Next.

  7. On the Course Settings screen make sure Overwrite course configuration is set to No, verify the content you wish to restore into the course is selected and select Next.

  8. View the final confirmation page and select Perform Restore.

  9. You'll see a progress bar indicating percentage of completion and when the restore is complete you will see a success message. Clicking on Continue will take you to your course page with your new content in place.


Troubleshooting

Turnitin error when restoring

If when restoring your course you see the error below it means that your backup file includes Turnitin assignments which cannot be restored and will need to be recreated in the new course. Repeat the backup process on the course you wish to copy content making sure you exclude any Turnitin assignments during the backup process. 

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