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This guide is designed to assist with Moodle 4.1 questions.

Reuse Content from a Separate Course

To reuse course content, there are two main options:

  1. You can Import content if you are reusing a course from within the same Moodle site.
  2. You can Backup and Restore content if you are reusing a course from an older Moodle site. If you have more than 250 MB of content, you will need to remove large files such as PowerPoints from your course backup and bring those over separately.  

(Note: EC Students do not have access to old Moodle courses due to copyright restrictions.)

Importing Content

Importing Content

Importing content means you reuse content from within the same Moodle site. To import content, do the following:

  1. Go to your course and select more, followed by course reuse.
  2. Select the course from which you intend to import data. 
  3. Leave a check next to the settings you wish to import, and uncheck those you do not intend to import. 
  4. Click next until you reach the end. 
  5. When satisfied, click perform import. Click continue to return to the course. 

Backup + Restore Content

Backing Up and Restoring Content

Backing up and restoring content is for reusing content from older Moodle sites. The content you bring over must be 250 MB or less. If this is not the case, you need to remove large items such as Powerpoints from your backup. To backup and restore a course, you can watch the video located below or read through the following:


  1. Use the links located at the top of this page to search for the old version of your course on the old Moodle site. Seminaries professors will select Seminaries Moodle, while EC professors will select the appropriate EC server. 
  2. Once you have found your course, click the gear in the top right corner of the course and select backup.
  3. If you wish to include all content, scroll down and select jump to final step. If you wish to pick and choose items, click next and select/deselect relevant items until you reach the end.
  4. Click perform backup, followed by continue. Click download next to the file you just backed up. After doing this, jump back to your course in Moodle 4.1.
  5. Once in Moodle 4.1, select more, followed by course reuse.
  6. Click the import dropdown on the left side of the screen and select restore. Drag and drop the previously downloaded course into the file area (or click choose a file to search for the downloaded file on your computer). Select restore. Scroll down to "restore into this course" and select merge the backup course into this course. Follow the prompts until the end, and be sure to save your work!

NOTE: At some point in step 6, you will run into an error that says "The role in the backup file cannot be mapped to any of the roles you are allowed to assign" (as shown below). When this appears, select continue to proceed through the course restore process. 

Continue through the error that says "the role in the backup file cannot be mapped to any of the roles you are allowed to assign."

Update Dates

Updating Dates

The edit dates report lets an instructor review and change dates. for multiple activities or resources at once. This feature is especially useful for instructors who are reusing a previous course. To edit dates, do the following: 

  1. Log in to Moodle and select reports from the top menu of your course. 
  2. Select dates. 
  3. You can either select all or a specific activity to edit.
  4. Select a section to expand and view the date settings in that section or click expand all to open all the sections containing the selected activity type.
  5. Change the date settings for the items you wish to edit, then scroll to the bottom of the page and click save changes. For date changes to stick, you must save changes before selecting a new activity type. 

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