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Moodle is an online tool that allows educators to interact with students outside the classroom and manage a course from anywhere. In Moodle Essential Training for Teachers, Chris Mattia shows how this program works for teachers on three levels: disseminating information, creating a forum where ideas are exchanged, and assessing the progress of students. Chris shows how to build course materials with Moodle's HTML editor, post assignments, and save time by using Moodle's grade book to evaluate tests automatically and organize scores. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now that you've made a successful backup of your course, let's go ahead and look at how to restore a course. To do this, let's delete a file such as our course Syllabi that we added in an earlier movie. To do this, make sure Editing is turned -on and click on the X to the right of your Syllabus. It's going to ask us, Are you absolutely sure you want to delete this resource? We'll say yes. And the syllabi is now gone from our course. Let's go ahead and restore that from the backup that we've just made in the previous movie.
To do this, simply go down to the Administration block and click on the Restore link. We can see the backup that we created, backup-biol432-20090414-1543. The last two sets of numbers are going to be different from your file than from mine as this is the unique identifier for the particular file that I made a backup for. Your backup should be listed here. We can then click the Restore button in the Actions column. We are told we're about to start a restore process with this file. We can then decide whether or not we want to continue. Go ahead and click the Yes button and the course restore from backup process begins to run.
We'll go ahead and scroll down to see all of the information that's being restored. We can then click the Continue button at the bottom. We're then taken to a page where we can control the specific information that we want to restore. The top dropdown menu of Restore 2, allows us to select whether or not we want these data to be restored at the current course and delete any existing data that is pre-existing before we restore or if we simply just want to add to the data that's currently in the course. In this case, we only want to add to the data so we are going to make sure we select Current course adding to data.
Then we can simply hit the None button, so that everything gets turned-off except for the item that we want to restore. So we'll scroll down the list until we find the Resources section. Check the box next to Syllabus and then scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page. We'll leave all the other settings as they are existing and we'll click the Continue button. We get a note saying that the course is ready to be restored that it can't take a long time depending on our connection to our server and the speed of our server and how much data we are going to be restoring. We'll go ahead and click the Restore this course now button. The process runs, and we are able to scroll to the bottom of the Review page and click the Continue button.
Now, when we return back to our course, our syllabus is posted again inside of our course. It's not in the same location as it was previously. So we'll simply use the Up and Down arrows next to the Syllabi which indicate the Move tool, and then click on the blank at the top of our listing of items, and the course syllabus has been restored back to our course from our course backup. This is just one way to restore a particular file inside of your course. In order to use this method though, you have to make sure you are making regular backups of your course on a periodic basis.
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