ANGEL Backup/Restore and Archiving Courses

ANGEL Backup/Restore and Archiving Courses

Backup and Archive files can be downloaded to your computer as a safeguard or to use for future courses.

Backup vs. Archive

A backup:

  • Is a particular format that is unique to ANGEL and is a temporary solution.
  • It takes the settings and information of your course and allows you to revert back to those settings if you wish. Although you can download a backup file, there are no applications it can be used with outside of ANGEL.

Note: Backups should be a temporary solution and not relied upon permanently because they are periodically removed from the server after the semester is over.

An archive compresses the files of a course and allows you to download them onto your computer. From there you can keep records of everything in your course. This is the best way to save your course. For example, if you teach a course on a 3-year rotation, you'll want to archive and save the archive at the end of the semester/term so you can import it the next time you teach it.

Backup a Course

Backing up is useful for when you are experimenting in (re-)building your course. If you want to try something drastically new, it is advised that you backup your course before making any changes, so that you can change it back with the push of a button.

  1. To back up your course, go to the Tools tab.
  2. In the Data Management nugget, select Backup and Restore.
    • Your Backups - click to create an exact copy of the course
      on the ANGEL server. After you make a backup, it will appear with date, time and size information.
    • Restore any Backup - restore your course to the most recent backup you’ve made. This will not appear until you've made a backup (or you ca
      n choose a file if you downloaded a previous backup file).

Note: If you want to download the course to your computer, use the Archiving option.

Archive a Course

Archiving a course makes a copy of your course and allows you to save it on your computer. This is useful for keeping records of past courses. To archive your course:

  1. Go to the Tools tab.
  2. In the Data Management nugget on the right select Export Console.
  3. Select ANGEL Format (you will be able to import it into our next Learning Management System). This will give you a list of the things you can archive. If you do not want to archive something, uncheck the box next to it. Select Next when you have your selections.
  4. Your archive will be put into the ANGEL queue. It can sometimes take a few minutes to archive based on size and activity in ANGEL. You can navigate away from ANGEL while this is happening.
  5. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to see your archived file in the "Export History" box.
  6. After archiving the course, download the ZIP file to your computer by clicking on the name of the archived file. A dialogue box will come up and you can browse to where you want to store your file.

Import an Archive

If you have an archive file you've saved to your computer, you can import it to course in ANGEL.

  1. Go to the Tools tab of the course where you want the files.
  2. In the Data Management nugget on the right select Import Console.
  3. Select Content Package..
  4. Click the Choose File button and find the archive file on your computer and click Choose.
  5. Click the Upload File button.

Your course import will be placed in a queue and uploaded as soon as possible.