Importing a Course in Moodle

At the beginning of each semester, a blank course shell will be created via the Moodle push for all courses. Faculty can then either import a course from a previously taught course or create a course from scratch into their course shell.

NOTE: Occasionally a course may push a template instead of a blank shell. Verify that the correct course information has pushed. If it is not the correct course information, please contact the Faculty Resource Center (frc@snu.edu or 491-6686) for help.


Import A Previously Taught Course

To import a previously taught course, follow these steps:

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  1. Find the course you want to import FROM. Copy the course name so that it will be easily located when you are performing the import.





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  1. Select the blank shell for the course you want to import TO. Click on the gear to the right of the course name and select Import.






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  1. Paste the course name that you copied in Step 1 in the search field. (The list that comes up may look different than the one in the screenshot.) Click Search.





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  1. Select the course you want to import FROM. Click Continue.




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  1. You will then be at the Backup Settings page. Leave all of the boxes checked and click Next. 





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  1. You will then be at the Include page. Uncheck any item(s) you do not want to import into the new course. NOTE: If you leave everything checked, you can always delete items on the new course once the import is complete. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click Next.




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  1. You will notice on the next screen that anything you are importing will have a green checkmark next to it. Items you have selected to not import will have a red X by them. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Perform Import.




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  1. Once the import is complete, you will be at a screen that looks like this. Click on Continue to go into your new course.



  1. Once you are in the course, you will need to click on the gear to the right of the course name and select Edit Settings from the drop-down list to check the Course Start Date. If the start date is incorrect, you will need to correct it. Then click Save and Display.



  1.  Before the course state date, you will need to make sure you Unhide your course if it is hidden. To do this, you will need to click on the gear to the right of the course name and select Edit Settings from the drop-down list. Select Show from the drop-down for the Visible field. This will open the course for your students.



Topics Format

IF YOU USE A TOPICS FORMAT: You will need to change the format since the blank shells will be in the weekly format. 

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To do this, click on the gear to the right of the course name that you want to import TO (the blank shell) or your new course if you have already performed the import. Select Edit Settings. Scroll to the Course Format Section and change the format to Topics Format. 





Course Less Than 17 Weeks

IF YOU HAVE A COURSE THAT IS LESS THAN 17 WEEKS, you will need to  change the Course Format to the appropriate number of weeks. Blank shells typically are set up on 17 weeks. To make this change, click on Turn Editing On for the course (click the gear to the right of the course name and select this option). Click on the Edit button next to the week you need to removed. Select Delete Week from the drop-down list. 


Add A Week Or Topic

IF YOU NEED TO ADD A WEEK OR A TOPIC, you will need to click on Turn Editing On for the course (click the gear to the right of the course name and select this option). Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Add Weeks (or Add Topics). Key in the number of weeks (or topics) you want to add. Click on the Add Weeks (or Add Topics) button.


Manually Enrolled Users

IF THERE ARE USERS WHO WERE MANUALLY ENROLLED in the course you are importing from, they will not import into the new course. You will need to manually enroll them into the new course.


Turnitin Assignments

IF YOU HAVE TURNITIN ASSIGNMENTS in your course, you will need to set them up in your new course by deleting and re-creating the assignment after you have performed the import. Follow these instructions to do this.