Backing Up Nexus Courses

Why do I need a backup?

A Nexus course backup is recommended at the end of each term for safekeeping. Additionally, courses are removed from Nexus after a period of 5 years, so a backup will be needed if you need this data after that time.

What is included in the backup?

Can be included:

  • Enrolled users (can be set to anonymous)
  • User role assignments
  • Activities and resources
  • Blocks, Files, Filters,Comments
  • Badges, Calendar events
  • User completion details
  • Course logs
  • Grade history
  • Question bank
  • Groups and groupings

NOT included:

  • Submissions to assignments (Files and Text submissions)
  • Guest Access settings
  • Contributions to collaborative activities made by course members or the instructor (Wiki, Forum, Glossary, Database, etc.)

How to create a Nexus course backup

1.  Login to Nexus and open the course that you would like to back up.

2. From Course navigation go to [More] then select [Course reuse]

3. From the dropdown menu, select [Backup] and you'll see the initial settings. Select the items you'd like to include then click the [Next] button.

4. Schema settings - Select specific sections to include in the backup, then click the [Next] button.

5. Review and confirm -  Ensure you are satisfied with the content, then click the [Perform backup] button

6. Once the backup completes and looks like the screen below, click [Continue].  

Image: Continue button


7. You will now be taken to the restore window. From here, you can see all backups made of your course. Find the backup you have just made using the time column and click the [download] button.  

Image: course backup area

8. Keep the downloaded file in a safe place on your computer where it won’t be accidentally deleted! The file can remain on the server, but it should not be the only copy.

If you are having difficulty or you have unanswered questions, please contact the Help Desk through the ITS Service Catalog or call (518) 388-6400.

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