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. On the Backup settings page, these options are checked automatically:

    • Include activities and resources

    • Include blocks

    • Include filters

    • Include calendar events

    • Include question bank

    • Include groups and groupings

    • Include competencies


Note: course import settings explained:

  • Include activities and resources

    • These are all the things you have added using the “Add a resource or activity” (e.g., Assignments, Files, Quizzes, Forums, etc.)

  • Include blocks

    • If you have added any additional blocks you will want to include this.

    • Sometimes you may end up with duplicate blocks, you will want to delete the extra one(s)

  • Include files

    • These are any files that have been added to your course.

  • Include filters

    • If you have changed any of the default filters (e.g. autolink book chapters) you will want to include this.

  • Include calendar events

    • Anytime you add a date to an activity or resource, it will create a calendar event.  You will most likely update these in your new course. As you make the changes in the new course the calendar will automatically update.

    • Uncommon: You can add additional events directly to your calendar and those calendar events would be imported.

  • Include question bank

    • Importing a quiz from course A to course B, will add all the questions to the question bank.

    • If you uncheck the question bank you will not be able to import any quizzes.

  • Include groups and groupings

    • If you have created groups and groupings to separate participants in discussions or other activities, you will want to include them.

    • The structure of the groups / groupings will be imported.

    • The application of group / grouping settings will be connected to the activities.

    • As stated above, no users or user data will be included in the import; therefore, the students in the new class will need to be added to the groups.

  • Include competencies

    • If you have incorporated competencies you will want to leave this checked.

    • If you would like to learn more about competencies, contact the ITRC.

  • Include custom fields

    • Uncommon: Fields in the user profile can be modified.

  • Include content bank content

    • Vital if you are using H5P.

  • Include legacy course files

    • Generally speaking, this should be unchecked so we can clean up the old files.

  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 or 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 a duplicate "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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