Had a conversation with some folks yesterday and someone suggested an interesting idea. With the upcoming work on improvements to Conduit, especially with regard to the ability to break up jobs into smaller tasks to optimize for run time, would it be possible to extend Conduit's auto-archive function to include the command to backup courses without deleting them.
In effect, replace automatic backups with a flat file of specific courses to be backed-up (but not deleted) by Conduit. It would require a new action for courses (backup) that triggers just that archive function.