Importing Content into a New Moodle ISU Course [Faculty]

The Import function allows course content to be moved from one course to another within the same instance of Moodle. User data (student files), manually added calendar events, and topic headings (summaries) will not be imported using this function.

Warning: The import function will not be able to move content from a previous Moodle site to the current Moodle ISU site. To transfer your course content between the servers please use How to Backup and Restore My Course.

This Guide Will Help You to:
  • Import course content

  • Seek further assistance

Import course content
  1. Select the empty course or the course that needs the course content.

    1. Note: You can access your courses from your Dashboard, or Site home lists.

  1. In the Settings Gear menu,  select Import.

Settings Gear Menu Screenshot

Warning: It is important to allow each page in this process to load completely before moving on to the next step.

  1. On the next page, select the course that contains the course content you want to import from.

  2. Click Continue

Course Selection Data Import Screenshot

Note: If you do not see the course you want listed in the courses that come up, use the search function located below the list of courses.

  1. Select the item categories you want to import from the course by clicking on the box next to each activity.

Data Import Categories Screenshot

  1. Click Next or Jump to final stage

Note: Jumping will immediately import your content without having you review the content you are importing into your course.

Jump to final step and cancel options screenshot

If you clicked Next:

  1. On the next page, select the items you want to import from the list that appears on the screen.

Note: You can select or deselect the whole course by selecting the All of the None option at the top of the page.

Selection options screenshot

Note: The entire week or section can be selected/deselected at once by checking the box next to the week/topic title, turning the items grey. If you would like to select a specific item, the name of the week/topic that it is in must be checked, before you can select the item. Importing the Announcements forum will create duplicate a Announcements forum in your course.

  1. Click Next or Jump to final stage

Next button screenshot

  1. On the Confirmation and review page, you will see a checkmark next to the items that are to be imported and an X next to the ones that will not be imported.

Screenshot of included items in data import

  1. At the bottom of the page, click Perform import.

  1. Wait for the progress bar to reach 100%

Data import progress bar screenshot

Note: When the import is complete, a new screen will appear that says import complete.

  1. Click Continue to return to the course.

Continue button screenshot

Note: The imported course content should now be visible on your course homepage

Seek Further Assistance

For additional assistance please contact, ITRC at (208) 282 5880 or

For more information see, Import Course Data

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