Thanks for the response
I guess the backup capacity is what is preventing me from being able to import attendance from one course to another.
What I meant by template was that I would set up a course that is just used to export from. Then I would set up, in that course, attendance dates that correspond with our academic calendar (e.g. class sessions on M/Th or T/Fr or W/Sat and eliminate attendance dates for holidays etc.) Then I would import that attendance setup into all applicable courses. I would need 3 templates because of the three different class schedules we have (M/Th, T/Fr, W/Sat).
I've been pointed to another option for now which is to use MySQL to create the module and attendance settings. (discussion starts here) I guess I'm going to experiment with that for now as I need to have everything setup by early April and it doesn't look like there are any other options right now