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The Mass Actions Block in Moodle

The Mass Actions block allows instructors to perform an action on multiple resources or activities, rather than having to perform repeated actions on individual items. Once items are selected, choose to delete, hide/show, indent/outdent, or move or duplicate them to another section.

Note: The Mass Actions block appears only when editing is turned on. It appears only to Instructors and Course Designers, not Students.

Add the Mass Actions Block

  1. On your course page, click Turn editing on (top right). When editing is on, the Add a block block appears at the bottom of the Navigation Panel on the left.
  2. On the Add a block block page, find and select Mass Actions. The Mass Actions block will appear below the other blocks in the right column, and a checkbox will be added to the right of each Resource and Activity on your course page.
  3. To avoid extra scrolling, you may find it convenient to move the Mass Actions block to the top of the column. See Reorder Sections or Items in your Moodle Course.

Select Items

Note: If you will be performing an action on most of the items in a section or page, select them all, then uncheck particular items.

  1. On your course page, click Turn editing on (top right). When editing is on, the Mass Actions block (if added to your course) appears, along with checkboxes next to each Activity or Resource.
  2. There are several ways to choose the items on which to perform an action:
    • To select (or deselect) individual items, on the course home page, select the checkbox to the right of each Resource or Activity you want to edit.
      Checkboxes appear for each item if block is present and you have editing on.   (click to enlarge)
    • To select all the items on the course page, click Select all.
    • To select all the items in a Section, in the Mass Actions block, use the Select all in Section drop-down.
    • To clear your selections and start over, click Deselect all.
      Select/Deselect all items or all the items in a section using the drop-down.

Choose Action to Perform

  1. In the Mass Actions block, under With selected, click or select the action you would like to perform on selected items:
    • Indent or Outdent
    • Hide or Show
    • Delete (You will be asked to confirm that you wish to delete selected items. There is no undo!)
    • Move to another Section
    • Duplicate to another Section
      Action options for Mass Actions are in the lower part of the block.
      Note: If your course uses the Show one section per page layout, and you are on a Section page, you will not be able to move items to another section using the Mass Actions block.
    The screen will refresh showing the results of the action performed. All selections will be cleared.
  2. To perform another action, select items and repeat.