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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.
If you've been using Moodle for sometime now, you may have been using Moodle on a previous version of Moodle, such as Moodle 1.9. In which case, you probably have some courses that you've created that you don't waste all of the time that you spent building all of that course content. You'd like to bring it into Moodle 2. Well, you can do that now with Moodle 2.1, and it is possible to do this as a teacher. However, your Moodle Server would need to have several settings changes in order to make it possible for a teacher to do this smoothly.
The default settings in our test server for an administrator work quite well though. So, if you need to, you may need to get help from your IT department in order to step through this process at your actual institution, but if you're following along with me, go ahead and go up to the upper right-hand corner and click the Logout button. Next, click the Login button and let's log in as the Administrator user by typing in admin and the password of 12345. The first step in restoring a course from Moodle 1.9 is to go over the left-hand side and scroll down and click on Site administration>Courses, and then the link for Add/edit courses.
We need to go into the Miscellaneous category, and then simply click the Add a new course button. The Course full name that we will use will be Import from Moodle 1.9. For the Course short name, we will call it ImportM19. We are going to leave all the other settings blank or at their defaults with the exception of Number of weeks/topics. We will go ahead and select 15 for that option, because that's the number of weeks that we had in the previous course. Go ahead and scroll all the way down to the bottom and click the Save changes button.
Now, we don't need to worry about enrolling any users into this course yet, we will handle that in a few minutes. But for now, go ahead and go up to the breadcrumbs and click on ImportM19. This will take us directly into the Import from Moodle 1.9 course. Here we can see that there is no content currently inside of this course. To bring in our old course, all we need to do is go over to the Settings block and click the Restore link just as we did in the previous movie. Only this time, there's no course backup files to be able to restore so we need to Import a backup file.
Click the Choose a file button, then make sure on your File picker, you're selected on Upload a file, and click the Browse button. In the Chapter 15, exercise files, there is a file called backup-biol432-20090414-1543.zip. Go ahead and select that file and Hit the Open button, and then click the Upload this file button. The file name should appear inside of the Import backup file. Now, what file is this? This is the course that we created as part of the Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers that we recorded back in April of 2009.
So, this file is pulled directly out of those exercise files and it's the complete course that we set up back a couple of years ago. Let's restore that course directly into Moodle 2. Click the Restore button and Moodle will now try to detect the type of file that we've just uploaded. It's noticing that this is not a standard backup file, but it's going to do its best to try and figure the file out. So, go ahead and click the Continue button and see what Moodle is able to do. It looks like it's figured it out. So now, we have the choice to be able to Restore to a new course or Restore into this course.
I'd like to restore all of these data directly into this current course that we're working with, and we have two options. We can either merge the backup data into this course as we did in last movie, or we can delete the contents of the course completely and then restore, and that's the one that we want. We want to make sure that there's nothing from his this current course. We want to get rid of this and we want to just restore everything from our old Moodle 1.9 course. So, go ahead and click the Continue button, and now we are able to see what settings that we can import. We can include activities and blocks, none of the other options will come in.
Go ahead and hit the Next button and now we have our detailed view of every individual item that we can import. At the top, we're also able to decide if we want to reset the course name to be Coral Reef Ecology, the short name to be BIOL432 and set the Course startdate to the same thing that it was back in 2009. But we don't want to reset all of these settings. we want to leave the import Moodle 19 course name and ImportM19 field the way that we just set it. So, we'll go ahead and leave Overwrite course configuration set to No.
That way it'll be easy to tell what we've done. Go ahead and scroll down through the list and we can see all of the individual items that we're going to import. Hit the Next button at the bottom right, and we're going to have one more chance to review all of our settings. Everything looks good, so we'll simply scroll all the way down to the bottom of our page and click the Perform restore button. When the restore completes, our page refreshes and lets us know that everything went smoothly. Go ahead and click the Continue button and now we can see that the bulk of our contact has come over. Now, if you watched the previous title, you may remember that we used to have a header graphic up here at the top.
Now that header graphic didn't come over, and there may be a few other small items throughout the course that we may have to go in and tweak, but for the most part, the vast majority of all of our content came over from the older Moodle 1.9 course. Now, the process is not perfect yet, but you're able to bring over most of your content and save yourself an enormous amount time. The last step in bringing over a course is to go ahead and set up the user accounts. All we need to do is go over to the Settings block and click on Users. Then select Enrollment methods and add the method of Manual enrollments.
We're going to make sure that the Default role is set to Student and we'll hit the Add method button. Now, we can click only the Enroll users icon over in the Edit column for manual enrollments,, and then we can go in and we can add in all of our students holding down the Command or Ctrl key to multiple select our students and hit Add. Then change the assigned role to Teacher, select ourselves and hit Add. Then we can go back into our main course by clicking on the ImportM19 field.
Now, when we log out and we log back in, our course should appear for us. In the next movie, we're going to remain logged in as our administrator, so we can create one more course, and then we'll look at how to use the Import course function.
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