Back up Course Content

Backing up all or part of your Moodle course page

Moodle has a method for making a backup of an entire Moodle course page, or parts of a Moodle course page. This is useful for saving a backup copy of all of your materials or for moving your material to a completely different Moodle site.

Note that faculty do not have access to "Restore" a backup file into the Amherst Moodle themselves, please contact IT for assistance.

  1. Go to the course. In the Administration block (usually located on the lower left side of the course page), click on Course Administration > Backup.
  2. The next several pages allow you to select what parts of the site you want to back up. One inportant option on the first page allows you to anonymize user information. This keeps information about students, but removes their names. For instance, forum entries would be kept but no identification information would be kept with the posts.
  3. On the last page, the backup will actually created. This may take a minute. When the page is done loading, click Continue at the bottom.
  4. Your course data backup has now been created. Moodle will show you the backup files that it has. If you want you can click on download to make a copy on your computer. A copy will remain on the Moodle server.

Using the Quicksets Block

The Quicksets block - which is usually located in the right column and which is only visible to course instructors - allows you to change a couple of settings quickly and without having to go to the course settings page.

Upload File for an Assignment

The simplest assignment requires the upload of a single file. The assignment will appear in your Moodle course as [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"274353","attributes":{"alt":"Assignment image","class":"media-image","desc":"Assignment image","nid":"499850","title":"","height":"19","width":"116"}}]] with the text varying according to the assignment.

  1. Click on the assignment.
  2. Click on the Upload a file button to bring up the upload dialogue
  3. Click on the Choose a file button to bring up the File Picker that will allow you to select the file to upload.
  4. In the File Picker, select the source of the file.
  5. Use Upload a file to load a file from your computer's disk. Click on the Browse button to find the file and then click on the Upload this file button.
  6. Once that is done, click on Save changes to actually upload the file.
  7. Once you have the correct file loaded, click on the Save changes button. Your assignment interface will now show the name of the file you uploaded and, if the instructor has set the assignment to allow it, the Upload a file button will have changed to Update this file which allows you to replace the file with a new one.

Remember that Assignments pass information between you and the instructor. Uploaded assignment files are not visible to other students.

Student View of Forums

In some courses, instructors will create Forums for class discussion. Forums appear on your Moodle page like this:

Forum Icon   Forum name goes here

Preview Page as Someone Else

This feature can be useful if you want to preview what your Moodle site will look like to students, for example. 

Add a Page

A page is new screen which you can use to add anything that the editor allows. If you are tempted to create a label but it's getting too large to display on the main course page, create a new page to hold the content. Rather than having the text appear on the Moodle page, only a link appears. Clicking on the link opens a new page containing the text.

  1. From your course page, turn editing on and go to the Topic or Week in which you want to add a resource.
  2. Click the Activity Chooser menu and, under Resources, select Page.
  3. Type in a name for your page; this name will be displayed on your course’s Moodle page.
  4. The Description field is optional.
  5. Enter the text for the page in the Content section (not in the Description section!). Note that you can use the text editor to insert images, media, links to files, URL's, etc!
  6. Click Save at the bottom.

Add a Folder

How to add a folder in moodle resource for a course.