Monthly Archives: May 2015

Backing Up Moodle Course Materials

Last week we posted a note describing how to export grade book data from Moodle to Excel. Today I’m going a slightly different direction – backing up any or all of the resources and activities in your Moodle course. The backup file you’ll wind up with can be restored into another course on any Moodle server. Please note that the Teacher role doesn’t have enough access to include student data in your backup file. Click on an image if you’d like to view it a bit larger:

Moodle course backup step 1
Find the “Backup” link under Course Administration.
Moodle course backup step 2
Click “Next”.
Moodle course backup step 3
Select any or all of the resources and activities in your course, then click “Next”.
Moodle course backup step 4
Click “Perform Backup”.
Moodle course backup step 5
Click “Continue”.
Moodle course backup step 6
Click “Download” to save a copy of your backup file to your computer’s hard drive.


Backing up Moodle grades

What would happen if our campus internet connection went down for a few days? Or if the Moodle server crashed? One of the scariest consequences would be the loss of student grade data. Thankfully it is very easy to export a Moodle grade book, turning it into an Excel spreadsheet. Click on an image if you’d like to view it a bit larger:

Moodle grade export step 1
From the Grader Report (the standard view for Teachers), choose the Export tab.
Moodle grade export step 2
Click the link to choose “Excel Spreadsheet”, then click Submit.
Moodle grade export step 3
Finally, click the Download button. Now you’ve got a copy of grade data that can be saved or printed!



Are We Training Our Students to be Robots?

I recently came across this excellent article by danah boyd which highlights the tensions surrounding technology in education:

From crayons to compasses, we’ve learned to incorporate all sorts of different tools into our lives and educational practices. Why, then, do computing and networked devices consistently stump us? Why do we imagine technology to be our educational savior, but also the demon undermining learning through distraction? Why are we so unable to see it as a tool whose value is most notably discovered situated in its context?

You can find more of danah’s work on her personal website.