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How do I move selected content between courses? [Moodle version 2.9]


You can easily move assignments, resources, and activities, including content in your labels, between any two classes in which you are an instructor or have instructor-level permission.

Please note: for all activities and date restricted items that you import, you will need to update the dates & times to reflect the current course/section.

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  1. Login to Moodle. Click on the class into which you wish to import the items.
  2. Once in the your course, in the left column in the ‘Administration’ block under ‘Course administration,’ click the ‘Import’ link:
  3. On the next screen, click the radio button next to your course that contains the items you wish to import. If you do not see the course that contains the items, you can search for it by course ID (HIS 135, for instance) and/or name. Click the ‘Continue’ button:
  4. On the next screen, keep everything checked. If you know that you wish to import all of your previous content, you can click the ‘Jump to final step’ to import everything from the previous course. If you wish to pick and choose which items you import, click the ‘Next’ button.
  5. On the next screen, uncheck the boxes next to the ‘News Forum’ and any other existing assignments that you do not wish to import. You can select none or all of the content through the ‘Select’ setting at the top. Keep the weeks/topics checked when you have an item in that week/topic which you wish to import.
  6. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the ‘Next’ button.
  7. Verify that the next screen matches which items you chose.
  8. Scroll down and click the ‘Perform Import’ button.
    NOTE: Be extremely careful to only click the ‘Perform Import’ button once. It will take a while, depending on how many items are in your course. If you click the button again during the process, the files you import can get corrupted and the activities can be broken.
  9. You will see a status bar, showing you how the import is progressing:
  10. When the import is completed, you should receive a message saying, “Import complete. Click continue to return to the course.” Click the ‘Continue’ button.
  11. You will be brought back to your course’s homepage. You should now see the items imported in whichever matches the week they were in, in the previous course. For instance, a quiz that was is week 2 of your previous course will appear in week 2 of your current course.
  12. LAST STEP: Go into each activity or resource with date-related restrictions or date-related information and update them for the appropriate semester. If not, your assignment may open and close months before your course begins!

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