We are going to upgrade to Moodle 2.2 this weekend. I am finding that the New Course Template under external database connection configuration is not working. I have the correct shortname for the template course but still does not seem to copy the settings such as the layout of the blocks and certain content as in the template. Courses however are created but with just a blank template (which shows that the new course creation works but not based on the template). Basically, I want a process similar to restoring a course from backup. i.e. you design a course with all the blocks, and various components into the base course, then when the script runs to synch agains an external database, it creates the new course if non-existent and enrol the students. We have around 700 new courses created each semester created at various times as the registrar approves them.
Can anyone confirm that this works in Moodle 2?