How to restore your course content in Moodle

If you have a backup file available from your old course or a different Moodle platform, you will be able to restore your course content in Moodle

To begin with, you will need to have a backup file from your old course. You can learn about how to backup a course in Moodle here.

Locate the course to import into

You need to login to the Moodle platform and locate the new version of your course you wish to import into.

Turn editing on

Before you can make any changes to a course it is important that you enable the ‘editing’ feature, which will allow you to make changes to the module. You can do so by clicking on the cog wheel on the top right hand side of the module page and selecting ‘Turn editing on‘ (see image below).

Main module page in Moodle with instructions for enabling editing

Then, in the same menu, select the ‘Restore‘ option:

Main module page in Moodle with instructions for locating the restore function

Import a backup file

Once in the Restore course menu, you will see the area where you can ‘Import a backup file‘, or if you have the backup file in your course backup area, you can restore it from there. This is where you can upload the backup file you have downloaded from your old course.

Restore course menu in Moodle with instructions to upload course backup file

Once your file is loaded into the system, click it will appear in the ‘Files’ area (see image below).

Click ‘Restore‘. Depending on the size of your backup file this may take a few moments or a little longer to process.

Restore course menu in Moodle with instructions to upload course backup file

Restore confirmation/review process

The following steps in Moodle will guide you through 7 steps in the process of

Step 1. Confirm

You will be presented with a full list of all contents of the imported course and where they are going to be stored.

Step 2. Destination

You will be given a choice of several categories where your course is to be placed. Pick the most relevant one to your course.

In ‘Restore into this course‘ section, you have a choice to pick where you are restoring your course into (see image below):

Restore course menu in Moodle with instructions for step 2

Click ‘Continue’ to proceed.

Step 3. Settings

In this step you can go through the import settings again and select which elements of the course to keep or remove.

Step 4. Schema

This step allows you to overwrite the course name and also once again review and select the content of the course that is to be copied over.

Step 5. Review

This is your final Review window of what is to be copied over.

Once you are happy with the settings, click on red ‘Perform restore‘ button (see below) and the import process will begin.

Restore course menu in Moodle with review step

Step 6. Process

There is nothing you need to do at this stage, other than wait. The process may take a little while depending on the size of your course.

Step 7. Complete

Your course import is complete. Click ‘Continue‘ to go into the course where you will be able to see its contents and and amend them further if necessary.

If you need any assistance with this process or have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at TEL@groups.lipa.ac.uk

Last reviewed: 2/7/2020