Learn@Illinois Moodle - Edit Multiple Activities with the Mass Actions Block

The Mass Actions block can be used to change several activities at once, allowing you to move, duplicate, delete, show, or hide.

For a permanent link to this information, please use: http://go.illinois.edu/MoodleMassActions

This block allows instructors to select, indent, delete, hide, show, and move multiple resources or activities, rather than having to perform repeated actions on individual items.
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Adding a Mass Actions Block

  1. Go to your course main page and Turn Editing On.
  2. Find the “add a block” tool (located in either your left or right column).
  3. From the drop-down menu, select Mass Actions block.
  4. The mass actions block will appear in either your left or right column.

Using a Mass Actions Block

Methods of Selection

  • Select all
  • Select all in section
  • Deselect all
  • Select individual items (this is done by using the checkboxes beside the item in the center of the page)

Available Actions

  • Move items left or right
  • Hide items from students
  • Show items to students
  • Delete items
  • Move items to another section

Common Block Settings

  1. Go to your course main page and Turn Editing On.
  2. Find the block you would like to edit and select the edit button.

Default Settings and Overrides

The first set of settings are the default settings for the block. The second set are for adjustments on specific pages. For example, you may want to make a certain block appear at the bottom of most pages, but at the top of a particular forum.


Choose whether to display the block on the right or left of the main screen. If you have few blocks, you may want to display them all on the left. This will have the benefit of making the main column wider. However, you may decrease the benefit of the blocks if they are "below the fold". See example here.


The weight allows you to choose what order the blocks will appear in. -10 is the first/highest and 10 is the last/lowest.

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Keywords:moodle, batch, multiple, update, edit, delete, duplicate, show all, hide all, copy   Doc ID:72069
Owner:ATLAS-TLT .Group:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
Created:2017-03-27 14:37 CDTUpdated:2019-04-19 16:15 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
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