How do I use Simple Restore to copy a course?

You will learn how to use the Simple Restore block to bring in all content (e.g, Activities, Resources, gradebook settings, question bank, etc.) from a course backup file into your current course.

Simple Restore requires that you first create a Backup file of your original course. If you intend to use a course from a previous academic year, the backup file should be created automatically by the TITANium administrator toward the end of each spring semester (usually in April or early May). So, if you have made significant changes since that backup file was made, then you should create your own backup file from the previous academic year.

Follow these steps after you have either created your own backup file or the backup file was automatically created.

1. Enter your new course in TITANium.

Note: the new course currently has no instructional content.

Enter your new course in TITANium.

2. Scroll down the page to the Simple Restore block.

By default, the Simple Restore block should listed down at the bottom of your course main page in the left-hand column.

If the Simple Restore block is not currently displayed on your course main page, read this article to learn how to add the Simple Restore block.

Scroll down the page to the Simple Restore block.

3. Click on Overwrite current course.

Selecting to Import all materials into current course will import all of the content of the backup file without deleting any content you have already created in the current course.

Selecting Overwrite current course will replace some of the course settings (like the course format, Completion tracking, etc.) and add all content in the current course from the backup file.

Click on Overwrite current course.

4. Click on the file name of the course you want to use as your source course.

The courses listed are the courses in which you have the Teacher role and for which there is a backup file. Toward the end of each spring semester, the TITANium administrator will make a backup file of each of your regular courses. So, those courses should be listed at the top of the page as well as any backups you personally make, which will be listed in the User private backup area.

If your course backup file is not listed in any of the backup areas listed on this page, then read this guide to learn how to upload a course backup file.

Click on the file name of the course you want to use as your source course.

5. Click on Continue.

Click on Continue.

6. Wait for the process to complete.

Wait for the process to complete.

7. Click on Continue.

Click on Continue.

8. View your newly copied course.

When you compare this new course to the original, you will see that they are not exact duplicates. You may need to adjust some elements of the course, such as the Blocks on the course main page. Otherwise, the Grades should be the same and all of the Activities and Resources should be the same. You may need to adjust due dates or references to dates used in the previous course.

Of course, any Turnitin or other uses of the External Tool will need to be updated/re-established.

View your newly copied course.

Article Summary

You have now learned how to use the Simple Restore block to copy a backed up course file into your current course. Thus, overwriting your current course configuration, but not creating an exact duplicate.

2 Comments

Janet Bregar

I want access to my last semester online course and previous courses so that I may import some parts of it and not others. I do not want to overwrite my online course this semester.

Ken Moyer

The following steps are recommended.
1) Go to your Sandbox course. This is the course you have where you can "play around" or develop a course for later copying to the real course.
2) So, in your Sandbox course, go down to the Simple Restore block and click on "Import all materials into current course".
3) Review your content.
4) Go to your real course and click on "Import" in the Administration block.
5) Select to import only the content that you want.

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