Open navigation

How to Restore a Course


Restoring a course is the process of adding or “pasting” a previously created Backup into a new or existing course. This means you require an existing backup file before you initiate the process of restoring. The restore can be used to import users, course content or other functionality into a new or existing course. This guide will show you how to restore a course.

Step 1 - Navigate

To perform a restore you need to go to the following, whilst logged in as a site administrator:

Site administration > Courses > Restore course

Test pathway content page

Step 2 - Performing the restore

Once you’ve selected the Restore option this will automatically load the restore settings. The process to complete the restore is then as follows:

Selecting Backup source 

Backups and Restores go hand-in-hand, in order to create a restore you’ll need to select the source of your Backup file. We’ll detail each backup source separately below:

  • Import a backup file - Here you can either upload a previously created backup file or choose to use one of our pre-existing courseware backup files which can be found by clicking on the “Choose a file” button and then going to “CLC Content Library” > “Course Backups” > “Topics” and then add the backup file for the particular course you wish to add, following this you can then click the “Restore” button to initiate the restore process.
  • Course backup area - If someone has already created a public backup file on your site, you’ll be able to see the backup file under the “Course backup area” simply select “Restore” to the right of the file name in order to continue. 
  • User private backup area - If you’ve created a backup file on the platform then you’ll be able to see the file in this section. You can click “Restore” to the right of the file name in order to continue. 

Confirm Backup details

On this page you’ll be able to view the data which will be brought over from your backup file. You can check through this to ensure that the settings and content being brought over are correct. Once you’re satisfied that everything is correct you can then scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Continue”. 


  • Restore as a new course - If you’re restoring the backup contents into a brand new course, you’ll need to search for and select the category which you want to add your new course to and then select “Continue”. 
  • Restore into an existing course - If you’re restoring into an existing course you’ll need to search for the course name, tick the name of the course and select “Continue”.
  • Restore into current course - If you’ve initiated the restore possess from within a course, you’ll have the option to restore into the current course. 


These settings can remain as the default configuration, however, you can turn off any settings or user data contained within the backup file. Once done, simply click “Next” to proceed with the restore process.


On this page, you’ll be able to select the content you wish to include from the backup file. All user data, topics and activities are carried over by default (based on what has been selected in the backup file). However, you can deselect/select specific content using the tick boxes next to each topic/activity. Once you’re happy with the content to be included you can click “Continue” at the bottom of the page. 


Here you’ll be given the opportunity to view all of the settings and content that will be brought over from the backup file to your new or existing course. Take your time to confirm all of the information provided and when you’re satisfied that you’ve not missed anything scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Perform restore”.


The restore process will now begin and should take roughly a few minutes to complete, however, this can vary depending on the amount of content being brought over. 

Step 3 - Backup complete

Having followed each of the steps above the course restore should now have been created and you’ll be presented with the following page to confirm this:

Test pathway content page

If there are any error messages shown, then you will need to address these issues and repeat the restore process.

Did you find it helpful? Yes No

Send feedback
Sorry we couldn't be helpful. Help us improve this article with your feedback.