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UMass Amherst considers the course content you have created to be your intellectual property. During the transition from Moodle legacy to Moodle in the Cloud, you can still authorize access to share your Moodle course content with an instructor. The steps will differ based on whether you are sharing a Moodle course that is currently in Moodle legacy (moodle.umass.edu) but will be used in Moodle in the Cloud (umass.moonami.com) or whether you are sharing a course in Moodle in the Cloud with another course in the same system.

Note: When course contents are copied into a new Moodle course, student enrollment and contributions to the course (such as discussion posts, wiki or database contributions, etc.) are NOT included.

Allow Another Instructor to copy your Moodle legacy course to Moodle in the Cloud

During the transition to Moodle in the Cloud, you can still share a Moodle course that you developed in Moodle legacy (moodle.umass.edu) with an instructor who will be teaching in Moodle in the Cloud (umass.moonami.com).

To do so you can create a backup of your Moodle course with Moodle backup function and send the created backup files to the other instructor. Then they can restore Moodle (.mbz) backup files into their Moodle course in the new system. To do so please see instructions on how to make and manage Moodle (.mbz) Backup Files.

Once you have shared your Backup file with the other instructor, they can Restore a Course in Moodle in the Cloud. The instructor will then have the ability to import a complete copy of the course structure and content into a derivative Moodle course that they will have the ability to modify to the full technical extent provided by Moodle.

Please note: When you give permission by sharing a Moodle backup file with another instructor, you should clearly communicate with your colleague the specific rights you are granting them--ideally in writing, such as an email. You should also be clear about what content in the course is not yours, and if you have received permission to use it, or if you are relying on fair use (see examples below).

Examples of rights you can assign and how to describe them in your communications:

  • No limits: “You have permission to use my materials on an ongoing basis, alter them, and share them with whomever you like.”
  • For a limited time: “You have permission to use my course materials only for the semesters when I am away on sabbatical.”
  • Non transferable: “I am giving you permission to reuse my materials, but please do not share them with other instructors or use them at another institution.”
  • No alterations: “You have permission to use my materials, but please use them as is and without making substantial changes to the content.”
  • Citation: “You have permission to use my materials, but please credit me as the author.”
  • Other creators' materials used with permission: “The following items I am using with permission of the creator. Please contact them if you wish to use these materials in your course.”
  • Other creators' materials used under fair use: “The following items I am using under fair use, but I cannot assess whether they would be fair use for you.

Allow Another Instructor to copy your Moodle course within Moodle in the Cloud

All courses post Spring 2021 will be created and developed in Moodle in the Cloud. If you wish to authorize UMass Amherst IT to grant access to your Moodle course content, please use the Give Permission for Other Instructors to Copy Your Moodle Course form.

Once this permission has been received and processed, the instructor will be able to copy the contents into a new course of their own through the Reuse a Moodle Course Using "Import" process.

Note: When course contents are copied into a new Moodle course, student enrollment and contributions to the course (such as discussion posts, wiki or database contributions, etc.) are NOT included.