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Moodle Quick Help Guide

Creating a Course Backup File

Course backup files provide a way to move all of the contents of a Moodle course to a new location. The file 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. You might want to take a backup file to another school's Moodle server, move it to a new course site on the same server, or simply keep it on your own hard drive or in your own Google Drive space for future use.  Unpacking a backup in a new location on Moodle is called doing a RESTORE. 

There is also a way to IMPORT files from one course site on Moodle to another, which moves files and activities but does not include most student data. To learn more about the difference between RESTORE and IMPORT, see Restoring a Course Backup to an Empty Course Site. If you'd prefer to use the import function, see Moving Material Between Courses. If you're uncertain which to use, please contact the Moodle Help Team.
Creating a Course Backup file:
  1. Go to your Moodle course> Gear Icon (to the right of the course title) > Backup. 
    heading of a Moodle course with the Gear Menu located
  2. Look through the default Initial settings that are checked and check any additional settings that you want to use, then click the Next button
  3. Schema settings - Here you can uncheck boxes to exclude things you don't want to back up, such as empty weeks or topics, then click the Next button 
  4. Confirmation and review - Here you can review your Initial settings and Schema settings items, check that everything is as required, then click Perform Backup 
  5. Depending on the size of your course, the progress bar may take a few minutes to complete your backup   
  6. Complete - Click the Continue button
  7. The final screen that appears is for managing your backup files.  The "Course backup area" section will show the downloadable file for the course for which you just created a backup. 
  8. Click download next to the course backup file and save to your local machine or to your Google Drive.
  9. Note:  Please consult the Restoring a Course Backup File page for instructions on using the restore function. Additionally, if you happen to click away from the process, you may find your Backup file by clicking on the gear icon to the right of the course title, and then clicking Restore. 

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