The easiest way to take a course from a previous semester and copy it into a new course, is through Moodle's Backup and Restore feature.
First, you will want to make sure that you backup your old course.
We highly recommend that you backup both courses before you start this process, that way you have a backup in case you don't like the results of the "restore" process.
1. Select the course you want to backup.
2. Under the "Administration Menu", click "Backup"
3. Review the Backup List which comes up, disregard the "Notice," and click "Continue"
4. Your content is backed up as a "zipped" file, the name of which is given at the top of the page. A list of your zipped backup content follows, and at the bottom of the page you're told that your "Backup Completed Successfully." Click "Continue"
Next, you're shown where your .zip backup resides–(in the backupdata folder within your Files folder, which you can access from Admin block).
To restore this backup to the new course (transfer the same information from one course to a new course) please use the following steps:
1. Enter the Old course (the course you want to transfer from)
2. Navigate to the Administration Block
3. Click on "Restore"
4. Look through the information and click "Continue"
5. On the following page, you will have a number of options under the drop-down menu titled "Restore To": Choose the course that you want to update (your new course).
Note: There are several options under the "Restore to" dropdown:
If the course you are copying to is empty, you may use either the "Existing course, deleting it first" or the "Existing course, adding data to it" options. The main difference comes when you are trying to copy over to a course that already has information in it. Here is a description of each "Restore to" option:
a. Current Course, Deleting it first: This will delete and replace the course you are currently in.
b. Current course, adding data to it: This will keep the existing information in the course, and add to it. (Note: This may cause duplicate entries if there are items in the backup that are already in the existing course).
c. New Course: This will transfer the information into a brand new course (For your purposes, you won't want to use this option. You'll want to use either the Existing course, deleting first" option or the "Existing course, adding data to it" option).
d. Existing course, deleting it first: This will delete any information in an existing course (that you will choose in a later step) and replace it with the information in the backup file.
e. Existing course, adding data to it: This will keep the existing information in an existing course (that you will choose in a later step) and add to it. (Note: This may cause duplicate entries if there are items in the backup that are already in the existing course).
6. Click "Continue" once you have made a selection
7. After choosing one of the "Existing course" options, you will be given a list of existing courses to choose from. Select the course that you wish to transfer your data to.
8. Click "Restore this course Now"
9. Once that is done, you can click "Continue" one more time, and your new course will now contain the information from your old course.