Migrate a Moodle Site from Moodle Archive to Current Moodle

Posted June 7th, 2017 at 7:27 pm.

These instructions are only relevant for sites created for organizations, committees, etc. If you need to copy materials from an academic course site on Moodle Archive into an academic course site for the current semester, see Copy Materials from Old Moodle Course Site into New Course Shell.

Note: If you are using your Moodle organization site primarily to share documents and do not need communication features like discussion forums or surveys, a shared OneDrive folder may be a better option. If you are not certain, please email help@brynmawr.edu for a consultation. 

Step 1. Request an organization site on new Moodle.

Log in to moodle.brynmawr.edu and click the link under Moodle Site Request. You can give the new site the same name as your old organization or a different one — your choice. LITS will create the site and let you know when it is available.

Step 2. Save a Back Up copy of the organization site on moodlearchive.brynmawr.edu

How you do this will depend on whether you need the list of enrolled users and any user contributions such as forum posts, file submissions, or survey responses:

Note: Back-up files with user data can be very large and occasionally exceed the file size limit for importing back into Moodle. If you run into this problem in Step 3, please e-mail help@brynmawr.edu — one of our Moodle administrators will need to upload the file for you.    

Step 3. Import the Back-Up file into your new Moodle site.

  1. Log into your new site on moodle.brynmawr.edu.
  2. Go to the Administration block and click Restore.
  3. Under Import a backup file, click Choose a file … to browse for your backup file on your computer or drag and drop the backup file into the Upload window.
  4. Once you’ve selected the file, click Restore.
  5. On the Confirm page, scroll to the bottom and click Continue.
  6. On the Destination page, scroll down to Restore into this Course and click Continue.
  7. The next couple of pages allow you to select the elements in the backup file you want to restore. Everything is included by default, though you can un-check things you don’t need if you need to. Scroll to the bottom of each page and click Next.
  8. When you get to the Review page, scroll down to the bottom and click Perform restore.
  9. After the upload process is complete, click Continue to return to your main site page.
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