How to Export Discussion Threads from Moodle

Below are the steps to export a discussion forum out of Moodle.

  • First log into Moodle, click on the course you would like to export discussions from.
  • Turn editing on.
  • Locate the discussion you wish to export
  • Scroll down on the left to “Forum Administration”
  • Click Export.
  • Choose CSV, Check Export Attachment if necessary.
  • Choose All Discussions and All Participants if necessary.
  • Click Export.
  • This will download a zipped csv file that you can Extract and open on your computer using Excel.
  • If you want to expand the column with Messages for easier viewing, you can select the Messages column, drag it to the desired width, then choose from the Format menu “Cells” and in the Alignment tab select “Wrap Text”.
  • This will show the message text in a larger box.
  • Save the file to your computer.

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