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Resetting a course

From: Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Teachers

Video: Resetting a course

Now let's look at another one of the administrative functions for our course and that is how to reset our course. At many institutions you may reuse the same Moodle course term after term or year after year. In which case, you want to purge out all of the old user data, and reset, so that just the course is left back to be the original shell. We're still logged in as our administrator user and if you need additional help with this, you may need to contact the IT department at your institution. The default settings to reset a Moodle course in the installations that we have, have a few issues with them.

Resetting a course

Now let's look at another one of the administrative functions for our course and that is how to reset our course. At many institutions you may reuse the same Moodle course term after term or year after year. In which case, you want to purge out all of the old user data, and reset, so that just the course is left back to be the original shell. We're still logged in as our administrator user and if you need additional help with this, you may need to contact the IT department at your institution. The default settings to reset a Moodle course in the installations that we have, have a few issues with them.

So we're going to go ahead and do this as the administrative user. To verify that this is going to work, let's first start off by clicking on Grades in our Settings for ImportM2 course that we created in the last exercise. Here we can see all of our students are still in our course, we don't have any grades or anything in them. When we go through resetting our course, at the end, we should be able to check the screen and there shouldn't be any students in our course. Okay, let's go ahead and click back on the ImportM2 course in our breadcrumbs, and then click on Reset from our Settings block.

The Reset course page has a whole lot of settings available to us, but if we scroll all the way down to the very bottom of the page, there is a button for Select default. The page should refresh and bring us back up to the top where we can go ahead and can review these settings now. If we want to Reset the Course start date to be a new date we can check that box here and then set up the new date. We can also choose to Delete the events, the logs and all notes, these are good things to go ahead and make sure that you delete. I also like to delete all comments that have been made by other students.

That way when the new course starts all of that information has been just purged out. I generally don't like to Delete the completion data. That way students that have completed this course and are carried forward would still have that data recorded in the database. And I also don't like to Delete the blog associations, that way anything that students have blogged about or others have blogged about in this course, will remain linked to the course. In the Roles section though, I want to make sure that I Unenrol all of my students and Delete all local role settings.

Next, we'll scroll down and make sure that I Delete all grades out of my Gradebook, but I definitely do not want to Delete any items or categories out of my Gradebook. That would just mean that I have to go in and re-create those myself. I didn't use any Groups in this course, so I don't have to worry about that section. The Assignment section, I want to make sure I delete all submissions, same thing with Chats, Choices and Feedback. For the forums, I like to go ahead and keep the default settings of Delete all posts. Let me scroll down a little further, I don't want to Delete all entries from the glossary, because that would Delete any of the entries that I created for the students to follow, but I do like to go ahead and Delete entries from users that are not enrolled.

That means any of the work that the students added into the glossary would get deleted. Now if I want to carry that information forward and build upon it in the next course, I could go ahead and leave this box unchecked, but for now, I'm going to go ahead and leave that checked. I do also like to Delete any ratings and all comments from the glossaries as well. I want to make sure I Delete all of my quiz attempts and all of my survey responses. To the Wikis, I like to delete all comments and all wiki tags as well. We'll go ahead and hit the Reset course button at the bottom and the Reset course function runs.

So we scroll down to see that we're get an OK, and all of the items on the right-hand column, we can then click the Continue button and now we're taken back into our course. To check and see that all of this went smoothly, let's go ahead and click back on our Gradebook and our Gradebook is still set up the way that we had it before, but we don't have any students listed in here. The course has been properly purged and is ready for the next term, let's go ahead and return back to our homepage of our site by clicking on the Home link, and then you can go ahead and logout as the administrator user, and log back in as yourself, If you're following along, my password set to 12345, I'll go ahead and click the Login button and now I have all the courses that I've been working with.

The primary Coral Reef Ecology course that we've been building all along, the Import from Moodle 1.9 that we did, and the Import from Moodle 2 course. Let's go ahead and go back into our Coral Reef Ecology course. Many of the functions that you're going to need to manage your course properly are all going to be over here in the Settings block,, or they're going to be embedded directly inside of your course when you have Editing turned on, or you can explore all of the blocks that are available to you within your course.

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  1. 3m 26s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Course overview
      1m 34s
    3. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 1h 10m
    1. What you need to get started
      4m 27s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      9m 23s
    3. Configuring Moodle for the Mac
      5m 29s
    4. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      11m 35s
    5. Configuring Moodle for Windows
      7m 21s
    6. Creating a custom theme
      10m 0s
    7. Creating user accounts
      6m 4s
    8. Creating a new course
      6m 35s
    9. Just enough site administration
      9m 51s
  3. 1h 20m
    1. Logging in and getting oriented
      4m 23s
    2. Managing private files
      3m 41s
    3. Customizing your profile
      8m 26s
    4. Customizing course settings
      10m 14s
    5. Editing the header block
      5m 18s
    6. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 43s
    7. Communicating news to students
      4m 4s
    8. Managing files and folders
      6m 14s
    9. Posting lecture slides
      4m 37s
    10. Organizing course content
      12m 31s
    11. Setting up the Gradebook
      5m 4s
    12. Creating a simple assignment
      9m 45s
    13. Messaging students
      2m 49s
  4. 26m 45s
    1. HTML Editor overview
      5m 9s
    2. Formatting text
      5m 10s
    3. Creating internal links
      3m 14s
    4. Creating external links
      2m 42s
    5. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      4m 26s
    6. Creating equations
      6m 4s
  5. 47m 28s
    1. Preparing images
      5m 19s
    2. Posting image files
      3m 18s
    3. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 23s
    4. Creating header graphics in Fireworks
      7m 58s
    5. Preparing audio
      9m 41s
    6. Posting audio files
      4m 49s
    7. Preparing video
      7m 21s
    8. Posting QuickTime video as .mov files
      2m 43s
    9. Posting Flash video as .flv files
      2m 56s
  6. 36m 9s
    1. Understanding repositories
      3m 5s
    2. Configuring a Dropbox repository
      6m 13s
    3. Using a Dropbox repository
      4m 43s
    4. Configuring a Google Docs repository
      1m 15s
    5. Using a Google Docs repository
      5m 20s
    6. Configuring a Flickr repository
      6m 13s
    7. Using a Flickr repository
      4m 5s
    8. Configuring the YouTube videos repository
      1m 7s
    9. Using the YouTube videos repository
      4m 8s
  7. 38m 50s
    1. Understanding resources and activities
      1m 9s
    2. Posting a file or document
      8m 36s
    3. Displaying a folder of documents
      4m 33s
    4. Using a label to bring your course to life
      6m 42s
    5. Creating a custom web page
      10m 33s
    6. Posting a URL for a web resource
      7m 17s
  8. 25m 51s
    1. Assignments overview
      1m 43s
    2. Advanced uploading of files assignment
      11m 32s
    3. Online text assignment
      4m 20s
    4. Uploading a single file assignment
      3m 42s
    5. Offline activity assignment
      3m 21s
    6. Assignment and Gradebook interactions
      1m 13s
  9. 35m 34s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      4m 57s
    2. Understanding Choice, Feedback, and Survey activities
      1m 23s
    3. Creating a Choice activity
      5m 10s
    4. Creating a customized Feedback activity
      4m 47s
    5. Adding a multiple choice question
      3m 14s
    6. Adding a dependent followup question
      3m 7s
    7. Adding a rating question
      2m 39s
    8. Adding an open response question
      2m 36s
    9. Analyzing Feedback results
      4m 16s
    10. Adding a standardized survey
      3m 25s
  10. 17m 18s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      5m 29s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      2m 53s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      2m 53s
    4. Creating a secondary glossary
      6m 3s
  11. 11m 56s
    1. Creating a forum
      4m 40s
    2. Seeding a forum with questions
      3m 9s
    3. Participating in a forum
      4m 7s
  12. 31m 24s
    1. Creating a wiki
      4m 15s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      5m 28s
    3. Creating new pages
      2m 47s
    4. Creating lists
      3m 42s
    5. Adding images
      3m 53s
    6. Creating external links
      4m 24s
    7. Creating a table
      6m 55s
  13. 1h 4m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 20s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      2m 24s
    3. Creating a first question
      7m 10s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      3m 1s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      8m 22s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      8m 19s
    7. Creating essay questions
      4m 59s
    8. Creating match questions
      7m 10s
    9. Creating a quiz
      9m 0s
    10. Adding questions to a quiz
      2m 20s
    11. Changing the order of questions
      3m 1s
    12. Assigning quiz points
      1m 35s
    13. Previewing a finished quiz
      5m 50s
  14. 39m 38s
    1. Gradebook overview
      4m 53s
    2. Moving an assignment into a category
      1m 33s
    3. Completing assignments as a student
      11m 31s
    4. Grading assignments
      5m 5s
    5. Using quick grading
      1m 28s
    6. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      1m 58s
    7. Grading offline assignments
      1m 26s
    8. Grading an online quiz
      5m 1s
    9. Exporting grades to Excel
      2m 48s
    10. Importing grades from Excel
      3m 55s
  15. 9m 55s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      4m 8s
    2. Creating a new event
      2m 40s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 7s
  16. 50m 41s
    1. Course administration overview
      2m 54s
    2. Managing course settings
      9m 5s
    3. Enabling completion tracking
      2m 20s
    4. Setting tracking for resources and activities
      3m 38s
    5. Managing tracking settings
      3m 51s
    6. Reporting on course tracking
      1m 32s
    7. Managing user roles
      4m 2s
    8. Backing up your course
      3m 36s
    9. Restoring data from a backup
      4m 50s
    10. Restoring a Moodle 1.9 course into Moodle 2.1
      6m 25s
    11. Importing content to another course
      3m 46s
    12. Resetting a course
      4m 42s
  17. 2m 6s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 37s
    2. Goodbye
      29s

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