How to Back Up and Restore a Course
Instructors and other users with Course Editors rights can backup a course using the following
method. Institutions have different policies about backing up courses and administrators may
schedule an automatic backup of your course, for example, on a weekly basis.
1. Click the Manage tab.
2. Click Backup and Restore under the Data Management section.
3. Click the Your Backups - Click here to create new backup link.
Note: The first time you attempt to backup your course, ANGEL will indicate that there is no
previously created backup.
4. Click Done.
Note: ANGEL will notify you that your backup is in a queue waiting for the system to backup
the course. ANGEL backs up courses using this queue method to prevent the server from
being slowed down from too many simultaneous requests to backup courses.
5. Once your backup has been completed, you will see the Date Created and File Size, Last
Backup date, time, and size listed under the Data Management component on your
Management Console. This most recent copy of your course is stored on the ANGEL
server. Each time that you backup your course, ANGEL overwrites this backup, so that you
always have the most recent version of your course.
6. At this time, you can also download a copy of your backup to your PC or storage device, if
you would like to keep a copy. Click the Download Backup button. To download a copy of
your recent backup, click the Backup and Restore link under the Data Management
7. Click download to download your backup to your local computer hard drive or flash drive.
8. Click Done to exit.
You should return and backup your course regularly. Some circumstances when additional
backups might be warranted:
• Before adding new content to a course or deleting any content. This would ensure that a
backup was available in case any content is accidentally deleted during the addition of new
• After adding new content to a course. This would ensure that a backup contains the latest
version of the course.
• After adding grades. This would ensure that the backup contains the latest grades. If data
was lost for any reason, reconstructing and regarding could be difficult.
9. To backup your course again at a later date, click the Manage tab.
10. Click on Backup and Restore under the Data Management section.
11. Click the Your Backups - Click here to create new backup link again to create a new
backup. Once your backup has been completed, you will see the new Date Created and
12. Click Done to exit.
Restoring a course from a backup will overwrite all of the content in your course including your
student submissions after the last backup. For this reason, it should only be done in an
emergency situation when you have lost your course content. Note: It is recommended that
you contact your system administrator for assistance in restoring your course.
13. Click the Manage tab.
14. Click Backup and Restore under the Data Management section.
15. Click the Restore Backup button.
16. ANGEL will prompt you with a warning before proceeding.
17. Click OK to proceed or Cancel to stop the restore procedure.
18. Once your course has been restored, your backup will indicate the Date and Time of the
most recent course backup. Note: You will have lost all student submissions after this date