To reuse a course previously taught in Moodle, first request a Moodle course for the new semester, then use the Import tool in the Settings block of your new course to import the contents of the previous course. You can import a course you taught in a previous semester that is still on our Moodle server, or a course belonging to another instructor you have permission to copy.
The Import process copies an entire course, and only works for courses that are on the UMass Moodle server. If you only need to copy some part of a course (e.g., only quizzes or readings), or want to restore a course from a Moodle backup file (.mbz) (e.g., a back up of a course no longer on our Moodle server, or of a Moodle course from another institution), contact the Instructional Media Lab at (413) 545-2823 or email@example.com.
Note: Instructors have limited access to Import and no access to Reset or Restore features in Moodle at UMass Amherst.
When the import process runs, it copies Resources, Activities and Settings, including gradebook Categories and grade calculations.
The imported course will NOT include student enrollment from the previous course or any contributions to Activities made by members of the previous course (including students, TA's and instructors). This means that Forum posts, Database and Glossary contributions and Wiki content will not be included in the import. For assistance exporting such activity to reuse, please contact the Instructional Media Lab at (413) 545-2823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some settings and activities, if used, will need to be reestablished:
Warning: The Import command only works on an "empty" course. If the import process did not work as expected, or if you imported the wrong course, do not use the Import tool a second time —if you do, it will simply ADD more content rather than replacing the content in the course! Contact the Instructional Media Lab at email@example.com or (413) 545-2823 and ask to have your course recreated if you need to re-import a course.
Once grades have been submitted, course materials and grading information will remain on the server for approximately 18 months. This allows ample time for students to resolve incompletes and for faculty to make their own archives of course work for future reference. After the 18-month period, materials are removed from the server to make room for future courses. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to maintain long-term storage of Moodle courses due to limited physical space and resources.
For example, following this schedule, your Spring 2013 & Summer 2013 Moodle course sections will be removed shortly after the add/drop period ends in February 2015. Only course sections taught in Moodle during the Spring 2013 & Summer 2013 semesters will be removed at that time. If there are student data or materials in these courses which you wish to keep, please make sure you have copied it out of Moodle before the add/drop period ends in February 2015, as this information cannot be retrieved after that date.