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Tech for Leaving Faculty: Moodle

Export or Backup from Moodle

Moodle is a legacy system at WAB and is no longer supported.  If you still have curriculum resources in Moodle you can still recover them.
Moodle has a backup feature that stores all (or selected parts) of a course to a compressed file that can be saved for future use or copied to a different Moodle site.   This can be useful if an instructor is moving to a different institution or would like to have a backup of the course for safekeeping.

To generate the backup, log into Moodle, go to the course. and click on the Gear Icon (top right of page) → Backup.  The backup process will guide you through what information and which activities you want to backup.

You can select whether to back up student information or not in the second step labeled 2. Scheme settings.  There will be two columns of checkboxes corresponding to each item in the Moodle course.  The left column selects whether that item will be included in the backup.  The right checkbox indicates whether student information for that activity will be included.  If you want to archive any student assignment submissions, forum posts, etc., leave all the right side checkboxes selected.  If you do not need any student information, deselect all the boxes with the control at the top of the right column.  

When the process completes, you will see a list of the backup files generated for this course and can download the file(s).  If you want to download a file at a later time, clicking on Gear Icon (top right of page)  →  Restore will show a list of all the backup files for the course.  

Transferring a Moodle course from WAB to another institution
It may be possible to export a course from WAB's Moodle site and import it to another institution's Moodle site.  Download the .mbz Moodle backup file as specified above and use the Moodle Restore feature to import it to the other Moodle site.  Depending on the versions of Moodle used, it may not be possible to transfer all the information. 

Download Course Content

Download All Instructor Files from a Moodle Course

Individuals who have Teacher or Course Designer roles in a course can download all instructional files posted in the course. The Download Instructor Files tool is provided as a quick method to capture content added by an instructor to a course.

Note: This tool downloads only files added by individuals with Teacher or Course Designer roles.
This includes files posted as Moodle Resources (such as Files, the files contained within Folders, images embedded in Labels, etc.), and files attached to or embedded in Moodle Activities (such as Activity descriptions, Quiz questions, Questionnaires, or Wikis), as long as they were added to the course by a Teacher or a Course Designer.
This tool does NOT download files submitted by students.

  1. Log into Moodle and go to the course from which you wish to download files.
  2. Select Course Management (black gear icon Course management button (black background, white gear icon), top right), the Course Management panel will open.
  3. On the Course Management panel, under Course Settings, select Download instructor filesMoodle will compress the files into a single ZIP file and begin the download process, which will differ depending on your browser settings.
  4. Locate the downloaded .zip file on your computer and unzip the file. 
    Note: All files will be contained in a single "flat" directory without any sub-folder hierarchy.

Copy Content from a Moodle Page

How to do it: 

  • Maintain Source (original) formatting - this is the fastest method 

    • Go to the original page 

    • Select all text 

    • Copy (CMD C) 

    • Inside OneNote paste the text (CMD V) 

  • Match formatting 

    • Go to the original page 

    • Select all text 

    • Copy (CMD C) 

    • Inside OneNote paste using "Match Formatting" 

  • Keep Text Only 

    • Go to the original page 

    • Select all text 

    • Copy (CMD C) 

    • Inside OneNote paste using "Keep Text Only" 

    • Add the links and reformat the text headings and other formats 


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Keep Source Formatting 
Match Formatting 
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Best Practice:  

  • Make sure you have consistent text type (Arial / Calibri etc) and size in all your pages.  

  • You can change the text type and size after you've copied and pasted from the original. 

  • If there are images you may need to resize them 

  • It is better to add the links to texts than have them showing as the full link. 

Insert File from Moodle to OneNote

How to do it: 

Best Practice:  

Upload to OneDrive and insert link 

  • This will mean that the document is embedded but file is uploaded into OneDrive 

  • Note: the files are on someone's LOCAL OneDrive, so if that is deleted, so are the files. 

  • If changes are made in the file that is uploaded, then it will also be reflected in the student's distributed handouts