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Course import

Course import


Activities and resources can be imported from one course room to another. This allows you to reuse content without having to create it again. When content is imported, the settings and arrangement of the content are also transferred. You can merge content from multiple course rooms by repeating the import process.

To import content, you require the role "Manager" in the respective course rooms.

With the course import, the videos on the RWTH streaming server Opencast can also be imported en bloc. If you want to select the required streaming videos individually for import, use the import option via the Opencast block itself.


1. Import activities and resources

To import activities and resources, please log in as manager to the course room where the content will be imported. Then, proceed as follows:

  1. Click on the gear in the upper right corner to open the "Course administration".
  2. Click on "Import".
  3. Select the course room from which you want to import. If necessary, use the search function to find the right course room. The hit list only displays course rooms in which you also hold the role of "manager". In case the lists contains several course rooms with identical names the first one in the list is the newer one.
  4. Click on "Continue".

  5. On the next page select the content types (activities, blocks, filters) you want to import from the selected course room and then click on "Next". The default settings have been chosen so that they can usually be kept. To import e-tests, you must select the "Include activities and resources" option and the "Include question bank" option.

  6. In the next step you will see all activities and resources from the origin course. Select the activities and materials you want to import. Then click on "Next".
  7. To import the videos from the RWTH streaming server available in the origin course room, select the "Backup Opencast videos" option at the bottom of the list. This will transfer the videos that are displayed in the "Video streaming (Opencast)" block to the target course room, where they can be reused. The integration of the videos into labels or text pages must be done again after importing the videos. If the video has not been embedded into the course room again, the users will receive the error message "Error loading video" when playing the video.

    Please note, that you can only import the videos from Opencast together with at least one other course room element. If you only want to import the videos from Opencast into another course room, you should also select a single file or a Page for import. If necessary, delete this file or Page after successful import.

  8. Once you have selected all the desired elements, click on "Next" to proceed to the next page.
  9. You can then check again the settings and the selection you have made.
  10. Finally, click on "Perform import".

  2. A message appears that the import was completed successfully.
  3. Click on "Next" to return to the course room.

Please note:

The import of the videos on the Opencast server starts with a little delay. So it might take a few minutes until they appear in the Opencast block on the right side of the course room.


2. Import of groups and collaborative activities

Groups can be imported but they have no members. They must be added in the target course room.

For activities with a collaborative focus like databases, forums, glossaries, wikis, or student folders, the activities are transferred to the target course room and displayed there. However, the activities will remain without content, since this content is usually created by students and they own the copyright to their contributions. To transfer the content of these activities as well, please contact the IT-ServiceDesk:


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last changed on 12.03.2021

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