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Only Moodle Category administrators can perform the rollovers using the Bulk rollover tool.
Course administrators and tutors with no category administrator permissions can still rollover courses individually, using the manual rollover tool at course level.

What is the CLC Bulk rollover tool?

The Course Life Cycle (CLC) bulk rollover tool allows a Moodle category administrator to rollover multiple courses in one go.
For each course it rolls over, the tool behaves as follows:

  • The rollover tool creates a duplicate Moodle course based on an existing one, without any student content such as posts, assignment submissions, etc.
  • It allows the alignment with the next iteration of that course in Portico (but will not add any students at the point of rollover).
  • All roles are copied apart from students roles.
  • Groups and grade items are rolled over too.
  • When you have rolled over the course, you will have two separate courses (such as ABCD001_21-22 and ABCD0001_22-23) with different start date and end date.
  • Newly rolled-over courses will be added to the relevant Moodle category for the following year. 
  • New rolled-over courses are hidden from students by default.

This process replaces the yearly snapshot, reset process, and allows all Moodle courses to remain in one site.

Who can use the bulk rollover tool?

Only Category Administrators can use the bulk rollover tool as it requires Category management permission.
Usually, the administrator who previously would have undertaken the ‘reset’ process for the new academic year, can access the Course Rollover function and rollover courses.

What does not get rolled over by the bulk rollover tool?

In its current version, the bulk rollover tool only rolls over modules, programme courses and miscellaneous courses that have mapping in their Portico Block. This information is needed for the tool to select the appropriate category for your course and apply the correct naming convention, based on Portico data.

Where there are multiple mappings preventing the tool to select a category, the rollover will not happen, and you will be prompted on screen to roll those courses over manually.


Please note that the bulk rollover settings are the same as a manual individual rollover so the courses will have the same activity types rolled over:
Zoom meetings, LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) links, Reading List/Library block, Common Timetable Block do not get rolled over into the new Moodle course.
Please review the checklist page M30f - Updating and checking your course, ready for use this academic year for a comprehensive list of items to review after you have completed the rollover.

The Advanced Forum activities will also not be rolled over to 2022/23 courses because the Advanced Forum activity is being phased out of Moodle as it will become unsupported later this year. Please talk with your Faculty Learning Technology Lead (FLTL) -  see list for your faculty  to discuss an alternative option suited to your pedagogical needs.  

What do I need before I start a bulk rollover?

You simply need to know which category you want to rollover to the next academic year and which Portico module delivery(ies) the module aligns to. 
You may want to check that the courses you rollover have mappings in their portico blocks. This will be used to configure your course while it’s being rolled over, and will determine which category (Course, Programme or Miscellaneous) your course is moved to.

How to bulk rollover courses from 2021/22 to 2022/23?

  1. Access the category you want to roll over.

    This may be using the Search Course function.

    List of Moodle categories

  2. When you have selected your category, click the Bulk rollover link in the Administration block.

Step One -Courses Selection

This step allows you to select the courses you want to rollover in the category. 
  1. Unselect any courses you do not want to rollover, in the list (all courses in the category are selected by default)

  2. Click Submit at the bottom of the list.

Step Two - Bulk Rollover Result

This step confirms which courses were successfully scheduled to rollover and which courses could not be rolled over.

  1. Review the Bulk Rollover Result page.
  2. You may rollover any courses that failed to be rolled over by the course manually; to do so click "Manual Rollover" next to the Course name.
  3. For all scheduled courses, you will receive an individual email confirming whether the rollover was successful or failed, for each of the rollovers, as you would if you were manually rolling over each course.
  4. Click 'Done' when you have finished reviewing this page.

Did you know?

You can see the status of progress of a scheduled rollover, either by clicking 'View' next to the Course name, or by accessing the Moodle course and selecting 'Course Rollover' from the Course Administration block.

PLEASE NOTE: By default, the new course will be Hidden from students, so will not appear under your My Courses menu. 
You can locate the new course in your Course Overview pane or by searching for the Title or Module code.

What if some rollovers fail to schedule?

If a rollover fail to happen via the bulk rollover tool, you will see it in the result table. This should indicate the reason for the error.

Reasons for un-scheduled rollovers

Here is a list of possible reasons for a rollover failing to schedule, from the bulk rollover tool:

No alignments found. Rollover cannot continue: this error happens because the tool cannot find Portico delivery data for your course, in your original course. You can manually rollover and search for a suitable Portico delivery code to align your course to.

No course alignment suggested: this error happens most likely because your course has multiple module delivery alignments which the tool currently doesn't support. Please do the rollover manually.

No target category suggested: this error happens because the tool cannot select a valid Moodle category to place the course into. You can manually rollover and check that the Portico delivery code(s) is correct so that the Category suggested in step 2 of the manual rollover is valid. It may be that you need to choose a category, if multiple options are available in the manual rollover.

If you receive an email with a failure message, you should go to the Moodle course and select 'Course Rollover' from the Course Administration block , to review the reason.
Review the Course Rollover Tool: known issues page to check whether it's a known error and please contact the Digital Education team if this doesn't resolve your issue.

What do I need to do after the rollover?

You can update the activities due dates, amend content, and then enrol the new 2022/23 cohort of students. 

  1. Follow the checklist M30f - Updating and checking your course, ready for use this academic year to finalise course configurations and amend your new course for the new academic year.
  2. Activate mapping(s) to add students to the 2022/23 page if you use Portico enrolments.
  3. Make the course visible.

Where can I get help?

This guide explains how to use the CLC Bulk Rollover tool.

You can also attend drop-in sessions as listed in the Moodle Course Rollover Tool Training page.

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