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Backing up your course

From: Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers

Video: Backing up your course

It's always a good idea to make backups of your materials while you're working with them. Moodle is a built-in tool for this inside of your course that you're able to manage. Backups may be being made automatically for you by your institution. You'll need to find out the specific policies and procedures for backing up your courses for within your institution. Inside of your own Moodle course, generally all instructors do have the ability to back up their courses. To do this, simply go to the Administration block on the lower left-hand corner and click on the Backup link.

Backing up your course

It's always a good idea to make backups of your materials while you're working with them. Moodle is a built-in tool for this inside of your course that you're able to manage. Backups may be being made automatically for you by your institution. You'll need to find out the specific policies and procedures for backing up your courses for within your institution. Inside of your own Moodle course, generally all instructors do have the ability to back up their courses. To do this, simply go to the Administration block on the lower left-hand corner and click on the Backup link.

Now, you're taken into a page where you can select all of the different items inside of your course that you want to back up. The default has everything selected. You can verify this by simply clicking on the link for All next to Include at the top-left, and clicking on the link for All at the top-right. Clicking on the link for None will show you which items are being selected. The right-hand column is selecting all of the user data associated with each item.

The left-hand side selects everything in your list. You want to make sure all is selected though, so that we get all of the data associated with our course. If we scroll down in the listing, you can see each different item that we've added throughout this training. As we scroll all the way to the bottom, we have some additional settings that we can choose. The first setting is for Users, and whether or not we want to back up all users or just the users inside of our course, we just want the users inside of our course. We can choose whether or not we want our logs that have been collecting all of the data of each different user's activity throughout the course of the semester to be captured as well. Generally, logs are not necessary all the time, so we'll go ahead and leave that set to off.

User Files would be any files that a user has uploaded as part of this course. We want to select this to Yes, especially at the end of the semester when we're backing up all the material for our course and we want us too our copy of that. The Course files listing is going to set whether or not all of the files that we've uploaded to our course are going to get backed up. We'll go ahead and say this to Yes as well. Then you want to make sure that you have Site files used in this course also set to Yes. If you want to keep track of all the Grade histories, you can do that here as well. It's generally not needed though, so we'll leave that set to the default of No.

Then you can back up any unique role assignments that have been made for this course. We'll go ahead and leave everything selected and click the Continue button. Next, you're given a detailed listing of everything that's going to be backed up including a backup file name at the top that you can control. The name of this document is in a format of the word backup, the short name for your course, then the date and year, month and day, and then a unique identifier associated with the file name and then a .ZIP file extension indicating that you're going to have a ZIP file that is going to contain all the data for your course.

As we scroll down through the list, you can see all the different information is being included as part of the ZIP file. We'll scroll all the way down to the bottom and click the Continue button. The backup is then created for us, as the page continues to load, we can scroll down and see that the backup was created successfully. We can then click the Continue button and we can see the file that has been backed up for us is part of our course. The size of this file is currently 38. 4 megabytes. We can then download this file if we'd like by simply clicking on the name of the file and the file will attempt to download to our system. We can click on the link for Save File and say OK and the file should download to our local machine.

We'll go ahead and minimize our browser and we can find the backup file then listed on our Desktop. We can take that backup file and put it in a safe secure place that we can use then if we need to restore our data. You can also restore the data by going inside of your course and clicking on the Restore link. We'll do that in another exercise. For now, know that your backup files are safe and secure both inside of your server and you've got a local copy on your local system. Let's go and return back to our course by clicking on the BIOL432 link.

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  1. 8m 21s
    1. Welcome
      2m 8s
    2. Course overview
      5m 22s
    3. Using the exercise files
      51s
  2. 34m 55s
    1. Getting started
      2m 59s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      8m 45s
    3. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      14m 24s
    4. Creating user accounts
      3m 55s
    5. Creating a new course
      3m 0s
    6. Just enough site administration to get you going
      1m 52s
  3. 41m 16s
    1. Logging in and getting oriented with Moodle
      5m 8s
    2. Customizing your profile
      4m 7s
    3. Customizing course settings
      3m 49s
    4. Editing the header block
      1m 33s
    5. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 55s
    6. Communicating news to students
      3m 5s
    7. Managing files and folders
      3m 41s
    8. Posting lecture slides
      3m 11s
    9. Setting up the gradebook
      5m 35s
    10. Sending email to the class
      2m 54s
    11. Creating a simple assignment
      4m 18s
  4. 51m 28s
    1. HTML editor overview
      10m 11s
    2. Formatting text
      8m 42s
    3. Creating tables
      9m 36s
    4. Creating internal links
      7m 27s
    5. Creating external links
      7m 2s
    6. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      3m 55s
    7. Inserting pictures from Flickr
      4m 35s
  5. 49m 22s
    1. Preparing images
      6m 53s
    2. Batch-uploading files
      5m 58s
    3. Posting image files
      2m 33s
    4. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 45s
    5. Preparing audio files
      10m 14s
    6. Posting audio
      3m 50s
    7. Preparing video files
      7m 45s
    8. Posting video
      3m 48s
    9. Inserting video from YouTube
      4m 36s
  6. 37m 11s
    1. Creating a text label
      6m 14s
    2. Linking to a web site
      6m 2s
    3. Creating a text page
      4m 45s
    4. Creating a web page
      10m 56s
    5. Linking to a folder of documents
      4m 18s
    6. Inserting an IMS content package
      4m 56s
  7. 27m 23s
    1. Assignments overview
      2m 13s
    2. Advanced uploading of files
      10m 32s
    3. Online text
      4m 26s
    4. Uploading a single file
      5m 1s
    5. Offline activity
      5m 11s
  8. 11m 39s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      5m 13s
    2. Creating a choice
      6m 26s
  9. 15m 45s
    1. Setting up a simple database
      4m 14s
    2. Creating database fields
      2m 49s
    3. Customizing a database template
      1m 33s
    4. Entering data into a database
      1m 43s
    5. Enabling database auto-linking
      3m 23s
    6. Enhancing a database with file uploads
      2m 3s
  10. 17m 16s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      4m 45s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      3m 16s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      3m 38s
    4. Enabling students to edit a glossary
      2m 5s
    5. Creating a secondary glossary
      3m 32s
  11. 9m 58s
    1. Creating a forum
      5m 21s
    2. Using a discussion forum
      4m 37s
  12. 32m 17s
    1. Creating a wiki
      7m 3s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      4m 26s
    3. Creating lists
      6m 1s
    4. Subdividing a class wiki
      3m 43s
    5. Adding attachments and images
      2m 54s
    6. Creating external links
      2m 27s
    7. Creating a table
      5m 43s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 38s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      1m 58s
    3. Creating a first question
      6m 24s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      4m 39s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      7m 23s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      6m 59s
    7. Creating essay questions
      6m 22s
    8. Creating match questions
      6m 38s
    9. Creating numerical questions
      4m 56s
    10. Importing question pools from Blackboard
      6m 24s
    11. Creating a quiz
      9m 9s
    12. Adding questions to a quiz
      6m 50s
  14. 39m 16s
    1. Gradebook overview
      2m 6s
    2. Completing assignments as a student
      9m 34s
    3. Grading an assignment
      4m 52s
    4. Quick grading
      2m 25s
    5. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      2m 18s
    6. Grading offline assignments
      1m 16s
    7. Grading an online quiz
      3m 30s
    8. Quiz data analysis
      3m 4s
    9. Adding assignments
      2m 3s
    10. Exporting grades
      3m 55s
    11. Importing grades
      4m 13s
  15. 20m 4s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      3m 51s
    2. Creating a new event
      3m 21s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 15s
    4. Exporting a calendar to iCal
      4m 5s
    5. Exporting a calendar to Outlook
      5m 32s
  16. 44m 40s
    1. Course administration overview
      3m 3s
    2. Managing course settings
      12m 48s
    3. Managing user roles
      2m 59s
    4. Managing groups
      4m 51s
    5. Backing up your course
      4m 34s
    6. Restoring data from a backup
      3m 14s
    7. Importing content to another course
      4m 53s
    8. Resetting a course
      3m 24s
    9. Running reports
      4m 54s
  17. 4m 14s
    1. Additional resources
      2m 58s
    2. Goodbye
      1m 16s

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