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In this course, author Chris Mattia helps educators create online courses that complement classroom-based instruction and foster student interaction using the free learning management system Moodle. The course details the basics of setting up a test environment, disseminating course information, creating forums, and assessing student progress. Tutorials on building course materials with Moodle's built-in HTML editor, preparing and posting various types of media, uploading assignments, and evaluating tests automatically are also included.
I can't stress enough how important it is to make sure that you back up your course content. Your institution may already have a backup strategy that's implemented to make sure that your courses are automatically backed up, but it's a really nice safeguard to get in the habit of backing up your own course on the periodic basis. This is incredibly useful especially if you teach at multiple different institutions, or you may be teaching the same class at different locations and you don't want have to rebuild all of the work, you can also use the backup tool as just a safeguard to keep track of all of your courses to make sure that you can always work on them should you move to another Moodle installation or to another learning management system.
To create a backup of your course all you need to do is log into your course and in the Settings block of left- hand side click the link for backup. Now depending on your specific permissions you may have more or fewer items that you're able to backup for each course. The default settings allow for a teacher to back up all of their course content, but not necessarily back up any of the user content. So in this case we're able to back up our activities, our blocks and our filters. With these items checked go ahead and click the Next button in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.
Next we'll get a chance to select the individual items that we want to backup. Again, the default settings do not allow us to backup student data or user data. So we can go through and we can just check the particular items that we won't have backed up within our course. You want to make sure that every single item is checked that you want to make sure that you have backup of. Go ahead and scroll down through the list and you can have a look at all the individual items that we've created. When you get to the bottom simply click the Next button in the lower right-hand corner. Next, you're given the chance to be able to name your backup.
You can create your own custom backup name, or you can take the default one that's created for you. In this case it's written in the form of backup Moodle 2 indicating the type of backup that it is that it is a course backup, which course you're backing up. In our case we're backing up the BIOL432 course. Then there is a date stamp in the form of the year, month and day and then a unique identifier number. Now your unique number here is not going to match exactly mine, nor will your date, but you'll have something similar they'll also have the .mbz backup file extension for Moodle backup file.
You'll get more chance to see the items that are to be backed up, and then you can scroll down to the bottom and click the Perform backup button in the lower right-hand corner. Now this process may take a few minutes depending on the amount of content that you have in your course. When the backup has been completed you're given a page that lets you know that and you can click the Continue button. Now once you've continued, you're able to see all of the backups that you've created here's the most recent backup that we just set up throughout the course I've been periodically creating my own backups.
The backup use the current file name, the time and date, the size a link to be able to allow you to download that to your local server, you can simply does click that link and it will download your entire course backup, you can use this backup file than to take to another Moodle server or to take into a local Moodle install like we set up for this course. There is also restore link, so that you can restore a particular backup into your course, let's go ahead and return back to our course by clicking on the BIOL432 link in our breadcrumbs.
And in the next movie we'll look at how to restore a particular file out of our backup.
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