We are entering our second full year of creating all of our current courses in Moodle, and we have both those years still existing on our production server, along with a previous year when we had a much more limited Moodle pilot. At this point, we are trying to come up with a strategy on how long to retain those courses, where to store them, etc. In particular, we are hoping to answer the following questions:
- How many years of courses should we keep on our production server?
- How many years of past courses should we keep on an "archive" server?
- How do we move past courses from the production to the archive server?
- How do we delete (for example) a year of past courses from the production server, after we move them to the archive server?
The general strategy we are considering is to try to keep four years of courses available to students, so they have a sense of their full career at Bucknell. We would also like to keep something like six to eight years of courses available to faculty members, to allow them to draw from their Moodle courses when documenting their teaching over the years. We are trying to figure out how to reach those goals, and we would appreciate guidance from folks would have who have used Moodle longer than we have and who have confronted these issues. In other words, what strategies has your school come up with to resolve the issues of Moodle course retention, and how effective have those strategies been?
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