A course can be saved with some or all of its parts by using the course backup. Typically, the whole site will be archived at the end of school year. A teacher can create a backup or download an existing backup for use on another Radix LMS site.

Backing up a course or a single activity such as an SBA or Assignment have the exact same processes. When backing up an SBA, you still have to go through the course backup process and select that single activity from the list of activities in the course. Below is an example of backing up a single SBA activity.

Steps to backup an SBA

  1. Go into the course.
  2. Click the Backup link either in the gear menu or in the Course quick menu.
  3. Initial settings - Select what you want to include in this backup file such as activities, blocks, filters and other items as you wish. required then click the Next button. In this example, we are backing up an SBA. To do that, you should only select "Include Activities" and "Include question bank". There is no need to include any other things since we are only interested in backing up an activity or more. When ready, click next.
  4. Schema settings - Select/deselect specific items to include in backup, then click the Next button. If you have too many items in your course but you only want to backup a few, it would be easier to unselect all and select the ones you want.  To do that, click "none" on top of the page.
  5. If desired, select specific types of activity to be backed up by clicking the link 'Show type options'
  6. Confirmation and review - Check that everything is as required, using the Previous button if necessary, otherwise click the 'Perform backup' button
  7. Complete - Click the Continue button

Depending on the number of questions in your question bank, the backup process may take longer than usual. To avoid that, try creating SBAs using the questions located at the course category. A backup file (with distinctive .mbz extension to avoid confusion with .zip files) is then saved in the course backup area. Backup file names are ending in -nu.mbz when backed up with no users.

Steps to restore an SBA

A course backup file (.mbz) may be restored from within any existing course for which you have permission. During the restore process, you will be given the option to restore as a new course or into an existing course.

It is possible to DELETE a course when doing restore. Be extra careful not to select the "delete" option if that is not your desire.

  1. Go to the course you are restoring the activities into and hover over the "Course" quick menu and then "Restore or click the gear menu and then 'Restore'.
  2. Upload the backup file or choose a file in the course backup area or user private backup area and click Restore
  3. Confirm - Check that everything is as required then click the Continue button
  4. Destination - Choose whether the course should be restored as a new course, into this course or into an existing course then click the Continue button. In this example, we are restoring a single or multiple SBA activities into this course by merging the backup course into the existing one. scroll down and find the section that says "Restore into this course".
  5. Settings - Select activities, blocks, filters and possibly other items as available then click the Next button. Since the backup file did not include anything but "Activities", the other options can not be selected.
  6. Schema - Select/deselect specific items. Although it is possible to amend the course name, short name and start date, do not change any of those since our goal is to restore activities to an existing course.
  7. Review - Check that everything is as required, using the Previous button if necessary, then click the 'Perform restore' button
  8. Complete - Click the continue button


Your SBAs (or activities) in the backup file will be restored into the matching sections/weeks of the current course. They may be in hidden status and their settings may need to be updated such as due date, number of attempts or grading categories. It would be best to review the activities restored and make necessary adjustments.