General plugins (Local): Course templates

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With this plugin you can easily create courses based on course templates. The plugin also can be used to easily duplicate courses
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What this plugin does

With this plugin you can easily create courses based on course templates. The plugin also can be used to easily duplicate courses


  1. - Install the plugin as usual
  2. - Manually create the course category "Course templates" (you may later wish to hide this category)

Adding a template course

Add any kind of course into above "Course templates" category.

Creating a template based course

Please see the picture below:

Create template based course

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  • Emma Richardson (Testing Moodle 3.3, 3.4)
  • Michael Milette (Course names, summaries and course categories are now processed through Moodle filters)
  • Renato Soldenhoff (Improved role based access)


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  • Picture of Blair F.
    Fri, Jul 5, 2019, 1:13 AM
    Actually, I just noticed that the Add a Course link wasn't even there up until Moodle 3.6, according to this tracker item: . I just test it in 3.6 and the link doesn't take you to the templates, though. I do wish there was an easier way to get there, rather than searching for it.
  • Yes, that's me
    Sat, Aug 24, 2019, 2:08 PM
    "Add course" link is back at it's original place.
  • Picture of Emma Richardson
    Thu, Sep 19, 2019, 4:03 AM
    It would be great if we could add additional fields to the course creation page - maybe start and end date (as mentioned previously), description and any custom fields...
  • Yes, that's me
    Thu, Sep 19, 2019, 11:17 AM
    Hi Emma, Not sure if you saw already that the site admin can define in the plugin settings, that after entering course name etc, the process jumps to the course setting page (which contains all course fields),. Hope that helps smile
  • Picture of Laurent Dairaine
    Wed, Oct 2, 2019, 1:08 AM
    Hello, I have the same problem than @Urpo Karhula (which is using Moodle 3.5.5.) with the creation process stuck on "Creating...". My Moodle version is 3.7. Any idea ?
  • Yes, that's me
    Wed, Oct 2, 2019, 5:16 PM
    @Laurant Dairaine: are you using the admin or another role?
  • Picture of Laurent Dairaine
    Wed, Oct 2, 2019, 6:16 PM
    @Flotter Totte, Yes I am using the admin role, and it is the same behavier for other roles that can create courses. In fact, it seems it is only a presentation problem, because the course is created, even if the creation page is stuck with "Creating...". I am using the Fordson theme. Could it be related to this?
  • Yes, that's me
    Wed, Oct 2, 2019, 6:37 PM
    @Laurent Dairaine - Oh, ic. Actually with admin user it should work. Given that, I see 3 possibilities: 1. There is a problem with the content in your original course. You can try to manually backup and restore the course. If a problem happens, than this is the reason. 2. The course (name) already exists 3. Relatively big original course in relation to the server resources
  • Picture of Oleg Abramov
    Sun, Mar 22, 2020, 6:18 PM
    Enrollment Methods does not copy to Course created using Template , so You have to add it manually (( anyway (Enrollment notification for ex)
  • Picture of Zak Stoimenov
    Thu, Apr 23, 2020, 2:54 PM
    @Flotter Totte - Thank you guys for the great tool!
    I used it as a system admin and it works. When I use my other account with an administrator role it gets stuck at 'Creating...'. I have allowed local/course_templates:edit and local/course_templates:view. What other permissions do I need to provide for the plugin to complete the process? I could not find much info in the previous comments here.
  • Picture of zeinab Zina
    Fri, Jun 5, 2020, 4:56 PM
    is there a way to use this plugin via the api?
  • Picture of Daniel Beermann
    Thu, Jun 11, 2020, 10:11 PM
    I install the Plugin on Moodle 3.8 and see the menu "add course" but it stuck at the first point "choose template". There are no templates and there ist no other menu point at that page. It´s blank.
    Could anyone help?

    Thanks, Daniel
  • Picture of zeinab Zina
    Thu, Jun 11, 2020, 10:16 PM
    you need to add a new category (i've added the category "Course Templates" and created courses with this category )
    i don't know if we can change the category name to have courses
  • Picture of Andreas Siebel
    Mon, Jul 6, 2020, 12:06 AM

    i tried using the plugin with moodle 3.9: When creating a new course i can choose the template and the course category. But on the 'define settings' screen, nothing happens when i click on 'next'.

    javascript throws several errors:

    bootstrap-datetimepicker.js:1 Failed to load resource: the server responded with a status of 403 ()
    process.js:1 Failed to load resource: the server responded with a status of 403 ()
    jquery-1.8.3.min.js:1 Failed to load resource: the server responded with a status of 403 ()
    index.php?step=3&cid=20:1 Refused to apply style from '[...]/local/course_templates/js/bootstrap-datetimepicker.css' because its MIME type ('text/html') is not a supported stylesheet MIME type, and strict MIME checking is enabled.
  • Picture of Pierre Sarazin
    Sun, Aug 2, 2020, 8:35 PM
    Hi all,

    Just wondering, what right needs to be enabled for managers to be able to use this plugin? Managers already have the rights to create courses using the traditional method, but I can't find the correct right to allow them to do it using this plugin.
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