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Moving a Moodle course from Englishforum to another server
by Suzanne Yonesaka - Thursday, 14 September 2006, 05:35 PM
 
Hi,

After your great Moodle workshop, I built up my course on Englishforum a little bit. Now my colleague Ian Mumby has offered me space to put my course on his Moodle site, so I hope to give it a trial run this semester with real students.

I downloaded the backup files onto my desktop. Moodle.org says I should "upload the backup to the files on the homepage". But from what I see, you can only upload files, not a complete folder. So basically, the only way to move the course is to upload each file one by one? Is that correct?

Should I upload them to the site files (which Moodle.og rather self-contradictorily warns against), or should I first create the new course and then upload the files there?

Final question: Don said both sites need to be the same version of Moodle. Where do you find the version number?

I'd appreciate any help and any other advice. Thanks in advance.
Suzanne Yonesaka
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Re: Moving a Moodle course from Englishforum to another server
by Don Hinkelman - Thursday, 14 September 2006, 09:02 PM
 
Hi Suzanne,

You cannot upload a folder and uploading the files individually will take forever.   Fortunately, the solution is easy.  When you download a backup file to your desktop, it comes as a single .zip file, which probably your computer automatically unzipped into a folder.  You should either...
  • look for that single zipped file and ignore the folder, or...
  • re-zip the folder, using some zipping utility
Then, after you uploaded that backup file into Ian's Site Files, you click on restore to add the course.

The version of my englishforum server is 1.6 beta.  You can see the version of Ian's moodle by going to the admin section and looking at the bottom.  You might have to be made an administrator first.  Ian will have the right to make you one.  If you find that your version numbers are different, there is a good chance that you can move into his if his is a higher number 1.6.1 or 1.6.2.  If his server is 1.5, then you can ask him to upgrade it.  I can help there.

Hope this helps.    Cheers,  Don  smile
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Re: Moving a Moodle course from Englishforum to another server
by Suzanne Yonesaka - Friday, 15 September 2006, 06:51 AM
 
Thank you, Don, for your really clear answer. You're a born teacher, obviously!

I was able to locate the zip file. Ian's site is 1.5, but I tried restoring the coarse anyway, just to see how it worked. It worked well-- except that none of the questions on the quizzes were uploaded. mixed So...I think Ian needs to upgrade. I am an administrator for the site, so I will do that after getting Ian's permission. Again, I'd appreciate your advice.

Thanks in advance!
Suzanne
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Re: Moving a Moodle course from Englishforum to another server
by Eric Hagley - Friday, 15 September 2006, 08:42 AM
 
If they are hotpot quizzes that are not showing then Ian or yourself will have to go to "modules" in the admin section and turn on "hotpot" by clicking on the closed eye there. I hope it isn't a coarse course!!!!
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Re: Moving a Moodle course from Englishforum to another server
by Don Hinkelman - Friday, 15 September 2006, 09:43 AM
 
>> So...I think Ian needs to upgrade. I am an administrator for the site, so I will do that after getting Ian's permission. Again, I'd appreciate your advice.

If Ian followed our advice here on Englishforum, he probably got a hosting service with Fantastico.  As you can imagine, Fantastico is fantastic!  Fantastico is a one-click upgrade tool for Moodle and other open source scripts.  You can upgrade his 1.5 installation to 1.6 in just seconds.  Just go to the Fantastico icon on your adminstration CPanel, and you will find a list of scripts, including Moodle.  smile

If Ian did not get Fantastico, well, good luck!  You will have to ask your hosting service for help, and it may take many hours.  sad   But if he has his own server running Moodle, we can help a lot.