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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.
Now we're still logged in as our administrator user and we're going to now go ahead and look at how to use the Import course function. Now you would want to use this function, if you're taking a course that you've already built, and then you have a new course that you're going to be teaching and you want to simply move the content from one course to another, all on the same Moodle server. Now this is possible to do this under the teacher login, however, not all of the content will come over smoothly with the default settings that are set up. To make our life a little bit easier we'll simply do this as the administrator user, you may need to work with your IT department on your production Moodle server to make sure that the settings are all correct, to allow the teachers to be able to do this on their own.
To begin, all we need to do is go down to the lower left-hand side of out Settings block and click on Site administration and scroll down and click on Courses>Add/edit courses. We'll go into the Miscellaneous category, and we'll add another new course. For the Course full name, we'll call this Import from Moodle 2, for the Short name we'll type in ImportM2. Go ahead and scroll down and the only setting we're going to change again are going to be the Number of weeks/topics.
We'll change that to 15 to match our current BIOL432 course that we've been working with all along, go ahead and scroll down at the bottom and click the Save changes button. Next, let's go ahead and enrol our users, click the Enrol users button, change the dropdown at the top to be Teacher, and Enrol ourself in the course, then change the dropdown back to Students and Enrol each of our students. Sally, Elvis, Eugene, Johnny and Al, click the Finish enrol users button and all of our users should now be enrolled in the course, let's go to the main page of this ImportM2 course by clicking on the link in the breadcrumbs for ImportM2.
Now what we want to do is over on left- hand Settings block, click on the Import link we're given a list of all the other courses on the system. If we were logged in as our teacher account, then would only see the courses that we are listed as a teacher for. In this case the BIOL432 course is listed, so we'll check the radio button next to that course and click the Continue button. Moodle is going to ask us which items that we want to import, we're going to go ahead and leave all item selected, and then hit the Next button. We're able to then go in and select individually each item that we want to bring over.
In this case, we want to bring everything over, so we'll leave everything selected and simply scroll all the way to the bottom and click the Next button. We have a chance to review and confirm that all our settings are correct. we'll simply scroll down, look at all the items and click the Perform import button. When your import is complete, our page will reload and let us know that the course is ready to go, we'll click the Continue button and now when we go back into our course, we can see that the import came over successfully. Now you may note that there are a couple of things that are not quite right in here.
First of all, all of the headers of each of our blocks did not come over, they didn't get overwritten, they just remain from the course, they had no content in those areas. The other thing is that we have now two News forums, what I like to do is I like to continue using the new News forum that's set up for this particular course, so the one that's at the top is the one that I want to leave. My old News forum, I want to go ahead and get rid of. So I'll simply come on the News forum line and I'll come over and I'll hit the little X for that line to get rid of the old News forum.
Now things are set up correctly, I can go ahead and reedit my headers, so that I can have my course set exactly the way it used to be. In the next movie, we'll look at how to reset a course so that you can use the same course, but just purge out all of the user information, and we'll do that next.
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