New Plugin – Archive unused courses on your Moodle site with Course archiver

Many times Moodle site administrators face the problems of clearing unused courses on their Moodle site which are either not accessed by any students or just don’t create anything. New plugin released in Moodle Plugins database by Matthew Davidson can help you out in archiving the unused courses on your Moodle site easily.

This tool is used to search for courses, notify the course owners, and mass hide or archive (backup and remove) courses.

Course Archiver Plugin

You can download the latest version of the Course Archiver plugin from the Moodle plugins database through this link – https://moodle.org/plugins/view/tool_coursearchiver

Installation – To install this plugin you need to choose “admin/tool” as the installation directory.

Settings

  • Folder Path – A folder created within the moodledata folder. The tool will create this folder, however it is recommended that the folder be created outside the moodledata folder, and a shortcut be placed in the moodledata folder.
  • Course Hide Email – This is the template email that will be sent to the owners of the selected courses to notify them that their course(s) will be hidden. There are two required variables in the email %to (name of the recipient) and %courses (a list of courses with mailto hyperlinks to notify the site administrator that the user wishes to opt out)
  • Course Archive Email – This is the template email that will be sent to the owners of the selected courses to notify them that their course(s) will be archived. There are two required variables in the email %to (name of the recipient) and %courses (a list of courses with mailto hyperlinks to notify the site administrator that the user wishes to opt out)

Have you ever faced problems with unused courses on your Moodle site? How you overcame the same? Do let us know in the comments below.

Jaswinder Singh

Jaswinder Singh, passionate about using Moodle in improving the Indian Education System and reaching the students in far flung areas where still education seems to be a impossible prospect of life. He is the author of the popular Moodle Book "How to use Moodle 2.7". In October 2016, Jaswinder was elected as the Moodle User's Association Committee member - the first to make it from India.

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