WebCT migration

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 1.9. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: WebCT migration.

WebCT was a for profit CMS bought by Blackboard. WebCT offered two products: Campus Edition and Vista. The migration process for each of these two is likely to have similarities as well as differences.

Importing an entire course

There are two ways to "extract" a course from WebCT. The most common way is using the "course backup" feature, which creates an encrypted zip file. This feature is available to teachers and admins, although because the zip is encrypted, it can't be processed by any software other than WebCT. (The encryption is ostensibly for protection of student data.)

The second way is via WebCT's "IMS Content Migration Utility" (CMU). This comes bundled with WebCT CE 4.1, and can only be used by an administrator. (For WebCT CE 4.0 the script was only available as a separate download, apparently no longer available.)

A script for importing WebCT courses has been developed, which takes a CMU-created file and transfers files/links/glossary/quizzes/self-tests and more into a new Moodle course.

The importer has been tested with WebCT Vista and one person has reported that it seems to work with Vista 4.0 exports (and *not* Vista 3.0 exports). Importing content from versions other than CE4 should be considered experimental, and tested in your own situation before any real-life use! The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) is migrating from WebCT Campus Edition Version 4.1 to Moodle (1.6) and we are upgrading the A script for importing WebCT courses to comply with new utf8 language standard which is essential because all our courses are in french. We will document the process in the Migrating_From_WebCT_To_Moodle_At_UQÀM.

Importing a set of quiz questions

WebCT quiz questions can be exported in a plain text format. Moodle's quiz tool should be able to import those questions (although only MCQ or short-answer types). At time of writing some people have found this not to work consistently.

With Moodle 1.5.2 the import for short-answer type questions only imported the first question, so no "fill the gap" type of questions with multiple gaps can be imported automatically.

A migration block has been built that will allow you to export your quizzes from WebCT 4.1 using the built in Export feature. You can find more information about it here. It requires Moodle 1.5.x or 1.6.x and PHP 5.0 or greater.

Importing a glossary

Moodle's glossary doesn't at present import WebCT glossary file format. There is a Importing glossaries in WebCT format script, but it requires manual intervention. Read the instructions from the thread carefully.

Importing a content module (as a SCORM activity)

WebCT CE 4.0 and later can export a single Content Module in the IMS Content Packaging format. This can be used by teacher or administrator, and creates a single zip file which can be imported into Moodle's SCORM tool very reliably.