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Moodle Autumn Clean

It’s almost the start of a new term. Your Moodle sites have been rolled over, and it’s now the perfect time to have an Autumn (Spring) clean!

It’s easy to use Moodle as a repository for your files, but over the years this can lead to a lot of content that is either out of date or no longer used.

Before your site is released to students, it’s worth going through and looking at what’s there and having a good think about whether you really need it. If not, delete it!

Deleting content

Deleting content is easy. When in edit mode, click on the three dots to the right of the content you want to delete, and then click on the delete option.

Highlighting the delete option in the activity menu

Deleting a section

Deleting a section removes it from the site, including any activities that are stored within it.

The process for deleting is the same for an individual piece of content. Click on the three dots, then select delete section.

Highlighting the delete option in the section menu

Restoring content

If you’ve deleted something you actually need, no need to panic. Moodle stores deleted activities for 21 days. You can restore this content by doing the following:

  1. Click on the open course menu link at the top of the page.
Highlighting the open course menu link
  1. Click on more, then click on the Recycle bin link.
Highlighting the the Recycle bin link
  1. Locate the item you want to restore, and click on the restore button.
Highlighting the restore option in the recycle bin

This will then return the activity to either same section it was deleted from, or if that no longer exists, to the bottom of the first section.

Things to note

  • You cannot retore a deleted section, although you can restore the activities that were contained within it.
  • The recycle bin cannot be used to restore edited text from an activity. Once you’ve updated and saved a piece of text, the previous version is gone (although you can potentially still access it on the unit from the previous year).
  • You cannot retrieve individual pages/chapters that have been deleted from a book from the recycle bin. It’s only the book itself that could be restored if deleted.

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