Course Editing Guide

Frequently asked questions by course editors and quick videos about common administrative functions of Moodle

Course management

How to copy content from a previous course? (Import)

1. Go to the new, empty course (the "Target"), where you would like to copy previous content.
2. Select "Import" from the administration menu.
3. Select the "source" course (if there are too many, search for it first). 
NEW: The system will try to offer the previous versions of this course. You can check them in a new tab as well before importing to make sure.

If you cannot see the correct course:

a) Probably the title changed from last year, so the automatic search cannot find it. Delete the title from the search field and copy/paste the course title of the SOURCE course, and hit search.
Make sure, that you copy the correct course (with the "Check source" link). If you import multiple courses in, you will have duplicate contents!

b) You do not have editing rights to the past course - ask for help!

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4a. If you would like to copy the full course into an empty course:
After you selected the course, click on "Continue", then "Jump to final step

4b. If you would like to copy only selected content from the source, click "NEXT" instead.

The contents will be always copied to the same topic in the new course (from topic 3 to topic 3, etc.), the location can be changed after the import process.
f you would like to copy a section into a course which is not empty, the best practice is the following:
  • Open a new tab with the Target course.
  • Go to the section where you would like to copy and create an empty section between the existing sections. So if you would like to add section 3 from the source into the target course, go to section 2 and click add section to create an empty section after section 2, the current section 3 will be pushed to the 4th spot.
  • Go back to the import tab and proceed


5. The first page does not need to be modified, just click NEXT again.

6. On the second page, deselect the contents you do not want to copy then click NEXT again, and Perform import.


You are done - now you can edit your new course.


  • The contents will be always copied to the same topic in the new course, the location can be changed after the import process.
    How to rearrange (change the order of) whole sections?
  • The summaries (text at the top of the topics) will be always copied if the summaries of the target course are empty, and omitted if the target course has some content in the summary area.
  • embedded Panopto videos copied into the new course will not work properly, these need to be added with the Panopto activity.