Importing Content From One Moodle Course to Another

Posted February 7th, 2012 at 1:03 pm.

If you want to re-use activities and resources from a course that you already have in Moodle, or if or you want to copy an entire course completely, the easiest way to do so is by using the “Import” tool.

Any course that you have editing permissions (role of Teacher or Non-editing Teacher) in is a potential candidate for importing course resources and activities (such as files, documents, wikis, blogs, and quizzes). In order to use the Import tool you will need to have the editing permissions for both the course where the material comes from and the course to which you are moving the material – otherwise this process will not work. The Import tool allows you to copy only some things from one course to another, or to copy the entire course. Here are the steps for using the Import tool:

  1. Go into the target course (the destination for the materials you want to import) and click on “Import” in the Administration block.
  2. In the “Find a course to import data from:” box, select the source course (the course that already has the materials that you want to import) and then click “Continue” at the bottom of the page.
  3. Click “Next” on the following page to include all types of materials.
  4. This subsequent page will show you all of the materials in the source course. By default, all of the items are checked, so click “None” at the top to deselect items if you only want to import a few items. To select items to import, click on the check-boxes next to topics that have the material you want, and then click on the check box next to the actual item.
  5. After you’ve chosen the items you want, click “Next” at the bottom of the page. The following page will show a summary of what you have chosen. Click “Perform import” at the bottom to proceed, or “Previous” if you need to make any changes.
  6. After you click “Perform import” you will see a progress bar that will show an estimate of how long the process will take. Most courses take about a minute or so. Once it is finished, you will see a final “Continue” button that will take you back to the target course with the new materials imported.
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