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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.
There may come a time when something happens inside of your course where a very important file gets deleted by accident. In this case inside of our header block we have our course syllabi and it's a really important document, we want to make sure that it's always in our course, but if we accidentally click on the Delete button, and then we verify that yes, in fact we do want to delete this by clicking the OK button our syllabi document is gone out of our course. So how do we get it back? We use the Restore function and restore it from the backup that we made in the last movie.
To do this come over to the Settings block in the left-hand side and click on the Restore link. When the Restore page loads you have the ability to choose a file if you have download a backup. This would be useful if you wanted to restore a backup from one Moodle server onto another one and you have downloaded a backup file. There is also a Course backup area that could be managed automatically for you by the server. The lower section here is for User private backup files and here's the backup that we just made in the last movie. We can see the date and time that the backup was made, the size of the backup.
Here's that link that we can use to download the backup and the one that we want to use is the link all the way over on the right-hand side, which is restore. So click on the link for Restore and when the page refreshes Moodle shows us all the information about the particular backup file that we are going to restore. You can see the Type of course, the Format, the mode, the date it was taken, even the detailed view of the build number for the version of Moodle that we were using to make the backup with. We can then scroll down and see all of the different settings and options that are available within this course backup.
Take some time and look through some of these options and then scroll all the way down to the bottom and click the Continue button. On the next page we are able to choose how we want the backup to restore the files that we are interested in. do we want to merge the backup into this current course meaning we are going to add anything from this backup in addition to what we already have in our course or do we want to delete the contents of the current course and then restore. You may want to use this option if you're trying to bring over an entire course full of material and you want to just completely get rid of anything that you've been doing in the current course.
That's not what we want to do in this case. we want to make sure that we merge the data in this case. Go ahead and select Merge data and then click the Continue button. Next, we are able to see the different areas that we're able to import from, activities, blocks and filters. These are the same parameters that we created when we made our backup. All of the user data in this particular backup is unavailable to us. So all those are marked as red Xs. Go ahead and click the Next button. Now we can set up all of the details for our particular import.
In this case we only want to import the syllabus document. So we want to go through and we want to uncheck all of the other options for all of the other document types. As we scroll down through the page we can see that each week of our course has a Week heading. If we uncheck the box for that Week heading then all of the items for that particular week are deselected automatically. Now you will have to scroll down through and find each of these week headings and uncheck the box for them, in order to make sure that none of those additional items are brought into your course.
This is really important because if you don't do this then you'll end up with duplicate items inside of your course and that's something you really don't want to do because then you have to go in one by one and remove them. So it just takes a few seconds to scroll down and uncheck these boxes. When you get them all unchecked go ahead and select the Next button. Now we are able to review all of our settings. We are going to include activities, blocks and filters. We have our Course settings that we want to set up and then where you have the one green check box next to the Syllabus document meaning that's going to be the only items that we are going to import right now.
We can go ahead and scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and then click the Perform restore button. We are given a warning that we may not be able to map the roles properly because of the specific server settings. This option is going to only be here depending on the specific settings for the server that you're working on. In the case of the test servers the default settings do not allow us to cross map back to student roles. That's fine, we will go ahead and leave it set to None and click the Continue button. We are given a notice that the restore has performed successfully.
Go ahead and click the Continue button and we are taken back into our course. Now the syllabi document has been restored back to our course, but it's just not in the right spot. So all we need to do is use the Move tool to click and drag the syllabi back up to the top of the list and our Syllabus is back in place where it belongs.
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