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Mass actions block can be used to easily move, duplicate or delete content from your Moodle course as one action. Please use this function with care. We recommend that you remove the block once you're finished with it as it adds an extra checkbox to every activity and resource when editing is enabled.

Currently, the mass actions block doesn't work with the Tabs course format, this is also known as the OneTopic format within the course edit settings dropdown options.

What is it?

Mass Actions block is an open-source (GPL) plugin that allows for the same action to be performed on multiple activities and resources within a Moodle course.

Why use it?

  • Allows for multiple activities and resources within a Moodle course to be altered
  • Activities and resources can be selected individually or you can select an entire section entirely
  • Selected content can be indented, outdented, hidden, shown, moved, duplicated and deleted

Who can use it?

Any user with permission to edit a Moodle course can add and use the Mass Actions block when editing is enabled

Before I start...

Double check what you want to edit on your Moodle course as the mass actions block is a very powerful tool

How Do I...?

Add the Mass Actions block to my course

  1. Navigate to your Moodle course
  2. Enable editing by pressing Turn editing on
  3. Within the column of blocks, scroll to the bottom and select Mass Actions in the Add a block drop down
  4. Once the page has refreshed, scroll to the bottom again to find the Mass Actions block

An image showing the mass actions block

Select activities and resources

  • To select an individual item, click the checkbox to the right side of it.
    • If you click something by mistake, untick the checkbox.
  • To select an entire section, click the name of that section in the Select all in section drop down.
    • You can only select one section at a time and selecting a second section will unselect everything previously selected.

An example of selecting individual items to action using the mass actions block

Indent (move right) and Outdent (move left)

  • To indent (move right), select the desired activities and resources then select Indent (move right) within the Mass Actions block.
  • To outdent (move left), select the desired activities and resources then select Outdent (move left) within the Mass Actions block.

An example of content indented using the mass actions block

Hide and Show

  • To hide, select the desired activities and resources then press Hide within the Mass Actions block.
  • To show, select the desired activities and resources then press Show within the Mass Actions block.

An example of two activities hidden using the mass actions block

Move

  1. To move, select the desired activities and resources.
  2. Once you have selected some activities and resources, choose the target section in the Move to section drop down within the Mass Actions block.
  3. The page will then reload and your selected content will appear in the target section.

An example of content moved using the mass actions block

Duplicate

  1. To duplicate, select the desired activities and resources.
  2. Once you have selected some activities and resources, choose the target section in the Duplicate to section drop down within the Mass Actions block.
  3. The page will then reload and your selected activities and resources will appear in the target section.
    1. Please note that duplicated activities and resources will have (copy) at the end of their name.

An example of content duplicated using the mass actions block

Delete

  1. To delete, select the desire activities and resources then press Delete within the Mass Actions block.
  2. You'll then see a popup within your web browser asking if you're sure about deleting the selected content.
  3. You'll then see a final confirmation of deletion which lists the activity or resources name and type. Please double check this to make sure you're deleting the right content before pressing Delete.
  4. The page will refresh and the previously selected content will now be deleted.

An example of deleting content using the mass actions block

Caution

Mass actions block can be used to easily move, duplicate or delete content from your Moodle course as one action. Please use this function with care. We recommend that you remove the block once you're finished with it as it adds an extra checkbox to every activity and resource when editing is enabled.

Question & Answers

Can I recover accidentally deleted content?

Yes, all content that's deleted is initially sent to the course's recycle bin and can be recovered within 14 days.

Further Information

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