Import

The Import feature is particularly useful for instructors who are teaching the same course from a previous quarter, and would like to transfer files and materials to use for the current quarter. This is an invaluable tool that prevents instructors from having to manually re-upload each file. In addition to files, instructors can also import blocks that were previously enabled, as well as filters.

Note: Currently Glossary Terms will not import from one course to another. For an update on this feature, please view the Known Issues page. The content summaries will not import, but can be copied into the new course. See Course Cleanup for more information.

Table of Contents

Import

[import can be used between course sections and between quarters within the academic year AY 2011/2012 (Fall 2011 - Summer 2012) OR AY 2012/2013 (Fall 2012 - Summer 2013)]

Course Copy

[Course Copy block can be used between quarters of different academic years. From a course in AY 2011/2012 (Fall 2011 - Summer 2012) into a course of AY 2012/2013 (Fall 2012 - Summer 2013). Example: Fall 2012 course would use the Course Copy block to copy course content from a Fall 2011 PolyLearn course.]

Backup and Restore

[Backup and Restore can be used between course sections and between quarters. Outside Moodle 2.2 courses can also be restored into your course]

Import


How to import

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  1. Enter the course shell in which content is to be imported into.
    Note: Make sure you are in the BLANK course shell to start the import function. This is the opposite process than the Blackboard Course Copy.
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    Duplicate Imports

    Multiple imports can be performed into a single course web site. However, be sure to only select wanted activities/files that weren't imported previously. Selecting to import an activity/file that already exists will not overwrite the old one, resulting in duplicates.

    Note that this does not apply to blocks or filters.
  2. In the Settings block, click Import.
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  3. From the list of courses, select the course site in which content is to be imported from. Click Continue.
  4. Note: If the desired course is not displayed, use the search to find it.
    Screen image of selecting a course to import content from

  5. Select to include activities, include blocks, and/or include filters. Click Next.
    Screen image of initial settings options for import
  6. Depending on what items were previously selected, select which sections, activities, and files to include from the previous course. When finished, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Next.
  7. Note: Blocks and filters will all be imported. Unwanted individual blocks and filters can be disabled after the import is finished.
  8. Review and confirm the content choice is correct for importing. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Perform import.
  9. If successful, an "import complete" message is displayed. Click Continue.
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  10. Verify that all activities, files, blocks, and filters from the previous course page are intact in the new course page.
  11. Note: There are several known issues with the Import feature. See below to account for these errors.

Course Cleanup

After the Import function is complete, the course will need a couple items added or removed to have an exact copy of the course that was imported.

Redo Section Summaries

At the top of each content section there is an Edit summary tool. This allows the instructor to add HTML content to the top of each content section. The content summaries will not be copied with the Import tool. These summaries will need to be redone or Copy/Pasted from the old course into the new PolyLearn course.

  1. Select Turn editing on.
  2. Click on the Edit summary icon.
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  3. Type the new text into the HTML editor
    Note: Images will not copy/paste. Use the Add image icon to replace the image from your My private files.

    OR

    Copy / Paste from the original course.
    1. From the original course, click on the Edit summary icon.
    2. Within the HTML editor, click on the Edit HTML source button.
    3. Copy all the HTML code from this pop-up window and click on the Cancel button.
    4. Open the NEW course, and click on the Edit HTML source button.
    5. Paste all the HTML code into this pop-up window and click on the Update button.
  4. Click on the Save changes button.

Export and Import Glossary Terms

Currently, Glossaries can be imported, but their terms cannot. Terms must be first exported before the course Import, and then be imported into the new Glossary after the course Import is completed. To learn more about this, please go to export and import Glossary entries.

Course copy


How to use the Course Copy Wizard

PolyLearn courses are separated by academic year on the PolyLearn server, so when you want to copy content from an old course into a new course and they are in different academic years (for example, copying from spring 2012 into fall 2012), you need to use the Course Copy Wizard and NOT the Import tool. If you try to use Import, the old course (in a different academic year) will not appear in the list of courses to copy from.The Course Copy Wizard appears within the Course copy block that appears by default in the PolyLearn course you want to copy into (you will see it in fall 2012 courses and later).

From the NEW course you want to copy iNTO:

  1. On the main course page, scroll down and find the Course copy block (it should appear in the lower right area of the page).
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  2. Click on the Course Copy Wizard link within the Course copy block.
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  3. On the Find a course to copy page, click the radio button next to the course you want to copy from. The list will include all courses for which you are the instructor.
    screen image of the course to copy from
  4. Scroll down and click the Continue button.
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  5. Review the Confirmation and review page and click the Perform import button (The Full name, Short name, and Course code will be filled in with the course ID of the course you are copying from in the image below).
    screen image of the perform import button
  6. When the process is finished, you will receive a completion message. Click the Continue button to exit and return to the course.
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Backup and Restore


How to Backup a Course

A course can be saved with some or all of its parts by using the course backup. An instructor can create a backup or download an existing backup for safe keeping, or for use on another Moodle site.

From the course you want to backup:

  1. In the Settings block, click on the Backup link.
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  2. On the Initial settings page, choose the content types you want included in the backup. You will only be able to select/deselect activites, blocks, and filters. Enrolled users, user information, role assignments, comments, completion details, course logs, and grade history cannot be backed up. Click the Next button to continue.
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  3. On the Schema settings page, choose which topics and items you want included in the backup. Again, user data cannot be saved. Click the Next button to continue.
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  4. On the Confirmation and review page, give the Backup a name or use the default Filename. Review the Backup settings, Included items, and then scroll down and click Perform backup button.
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  5. The Backup file will be created and when the process is complete, you will receive the message below. Click the Continue button to view the Backup file.
    screen image of the success page
  6. Your Backup will appear in the User private backup area. You can Download the file or Restore it from this page.
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How to Restore a Course

If you have a course Backup file stored on your hard drive or in PolyLearn, you can restore the course to a new or existing course by using the Restore tool. You can also use the Restore tool when you've found a third party Moodle course that you'd like to use in your PolyLearn course shell (from a textbook publisher, for example).

NOTE: This tool will be available starting Fall 2012. The Restore tool will be be available in older courses.

To restore a course:

  1. In the Settings block, click on the Restore link.
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  2. If you have the Backup file saved on your hard drive, click the Choose a file button, upload the Backup file, and the click the Restore button below it. If the Backup file was created in a course in the same academic year as the course you wish to restore to, it will appear in the User private backup area. If the Backup appears there, click the Restore link next to it.
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  3. Confirm the Backup details, Backup settings, and Course details on the Confirm page. Scroll down and click the Continue button.
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    Don't Delete...

    WARNING: If you choose to "Delete the contents of this course and then restore" you will be removing ALL the student enrollments and your own. You will not be able to access your course again until the next morning after the datafeed at 6am.

  5. On the Destination page, choose where to to restore the course. You can choose to restore the course into the current course or into another course where you are the instructor. In both cases, you can choose to merge the courses (meaning the backup content will only be added, nothing overwritten) or to delete the contents of the course and overwrite them with the backup data. When you're done, click the Continue button.
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  6. On the Settings page, Include activities, blocks, and filters will already be checked. Click the Next button to continue.
  7. On the Schema page, you'll see an overview of the Backup settings and Course settings to be restored. Nothing can be changed on this page, so click the Next button.
  8. The Review page is identical to the Schema page and nothing can be changed, click the Perform restore button to restore the course.
  9. The restore process can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. When the process is complete, you will receive a success message. Click the Continue button to return to the course.
    screen image of the successful restore message
  10. The contents of the Backup should now appear restored in the course.