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 Adding Material from Past Courses, earlier in this guide. If you're uncertain which to use, please contact Digital Pedagogy.
Creating a Course Backup file:
Previous backup files that you have created can be found by opening the Gear Menu and clicking the "Restore" option.
The instructions below are for restoring a course using a previously created backup file. To generate a backup file, follow the instructions in Creating A Course Backup File.
A course backup file (.mbz) may be restored into any of your existing Moodle course sites:
If you'll be teaching a course at another Five College campus and wish to transfer materials from a Mount Holyoke Moodle course site to a Moodle course site at Amherst, Hampshire, UMass or Smith, some things to keep in mind: