Download & Restore a Course Backup to 4.1

 

I. Locate Desired Course to Backup

Past Courses are maintained for 1 year here:

  1. Go to http://http://webctarchive/webct/public/home.pl

Username: Prefix of uwg email address (ex.cfearrin@westga.edu - username: cfearrin)

Password: same unless you’ve changed it

* If desired course is not listed, contact distance@westga.edu and request it.. be sure to specify course name, number, section, and term.

Current Course

  1. Go to http://webct.westga.edu

Username: Prefix of uwg email address (ex.cfearrin@westga.edu - username: cfearrin)

Password: same unless you’ve changed it

 

We recommend that you backup your course several times during the term. For example, after each time you enter grades into your roster. You are only allowed to store three backups, so you will have to delete old backups or download them. At the end of the term, we definitely recommend that you download your final backup. We only keep archived courses for 1 year and are not responsible for loss of archives.

If you save your course backups then if something happens to your course at a later date, you can upload this file into your course and restore it -- OR-- restore your course for use in a later term!

II. To Backup a 4.1 Course

  1. Click on desired course’s name
  2. Click on Control Panel button (top left of screen).
  3. Click on Manage Course and then Create Backup. For your own needs, if you wish, type a description of the backup and then click on Create.
  4. The file will be created. A message appears giving the file name, which contains the date and time the backup was created. Do NOT try and unzip this zip file - it can only be "unzipped" by restoring it into a WebCT.

The Zip file would have to be uploaded & restored into a blank WebCT course. For this reason, if you would like to save your discussion board messages or student grades as easily viewed resources, you'll need to download these items separately. See "optional procedures" noted on http://www.westga.edu/~distance/webct/facultymanual/backup.htm

 

III. To Download (Save) Backup

  1. To download (Save) your backup to your own computer, click on the radial button next to your backup file and then choose Download from the dropdown box under Backup File Functions.
  2. You will be prompted to choose the computer directory/folder where you want the file stored. For this workshop, save it to the Desktop.
  3. If something happens to your course at a later date, you can upload this file into your course and restore it -- OR-- restore your course for use in a later term!

IV. To Restore Backup to 4.1

 

  1. Go to WebCT 4.1 server (before May 10 – http://webctarchive/webct/public/home.pl ) & login
  2. Click on the Blank Course Template that has been set up for you.
  3. Click on Control Panel.
  4. Click on Manage Course
  5. Under heading titled Backup Course.. click the Upload Backup link.
  6. Click the Browse button, locate the backup (it should be a Zip file and for this workshop it should be on the Desktop),
  7. Highlight the file name and click Open... this should put the filename and location next to the Browse textbox.
  8. Click Upload button.
  9. When the upload is complete, your file name should appear listed under available course backups.
  10. Select the radial button next to the desired course backup filename.
  11. From the Restore Options on the right, select the desired Restore option...
  12. A confirmation message appears. Be sure to read the important warning.
    Click OK to proceed.
  13.  Note: the time needed to restore a course depends on the size of the course and the speed of the server.
  14. Once the restore is complete and NOT before... you will get a Success notice. Click “Continue”.
  15. Return to the Homepage to see your course!
  16. Depending upon your needs, you may with to revisit the Control Panel > Manage Course > Reset Course options

V. Update Student View

  1. Click on Control Panel button
  2. Select Update Student View
  3. Choose to Update Entire Course