Mass Actions block

Blocks ::: block_massaction
Maintained by Clem Smith
This block allows instructors to perform actions upon multiple resources or activities, rather than having to perform repeated actions on individual items.
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This block allows instructors to perform actions upon multiple resources or activities, rather than having to perform repeated actions on individual items.

To use this block, Javascript must be enabled in your browse and you must be in editing mode in the course home page. The user must have capability "block/massaction:use". The block may now be used with a course in any course format. However, the OneTopic format is not properly supported at this time. The work-around is to change course formats to another format (Weekly or Topics are well-tested), move the course content around, then change the course format back to OneTopic. I will try to fix the interaction between OneTopic and Mass Actions in the future.

Supported actions include mass selection, indentation, deletion, hiding, showing, and moving. To select items to perform actions on, simply click the checkbox to the right of it in the course home page or use select functionality, then click the action you would like to perform in the block.

Note: the original block for Moodle 1.9 is on; this is the version for Moodle 2.

If you encounter bugs or have suggestions for improvement, please use the bug tracker URL and I will work on those as quickly as possible.


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Clem Smith (Lead maintainer)
Huy Hoang: Original maintainer
Jon Marthaler: Former developer
Dominic Hanzely: Former developer
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  • Thu, Apr 18, 2013, 7:26 AM
    I grabbed the new 2.4 version, but I don't see it in the available list under the Collapsed Topics format. I changed to just Topics and it was there. Ultimately not a big deal. But is there any thoughts about adding a Mass Duplicate feature at all? I'm trying to get a common layout for each week, and was hoping that Mass Actions could shorten the work. wink
  • Also me
    Wed, May 22, 2013, 3:45 PM
    I've found the line that allows you to get it to work under other course formats.
    It's in: ../blocks/massaction/block_massaction.php ...line 39.
    'course-view-courseformatname' => true
    replacing courseformatname with the appropriate course format (I've only tried it with grid).
    Disclaimer: I am not a developer and I've not rigorously tested this for problems.
  • Sun, Jul 21, 2013, 5:02 AM
    I installed this block and it was instantly loadable, however, any attempt to use it would result in a Internal Server Error page. After an hour of exploring, I discovered that he problem was in the permissions of the block files. So, using file manager in CPanel, I found that the permission for the files "action.php" and "block_massaction.php" were set to "666" I changed the permissions on both files to "644" and now the functions work perfectly even with AJAX still enabled within Moodle.

    It has already made my life so much simpler.
  • the feather in Illusions
    Thu, Oct 17, 2013, 11:49 AM
    We used it on 2.3x, 2.4x all working fine with one drawback, once the block enabled, the core's moving resource/activity no longer working.

    To move a single resource/activity position within a unit, you have to clear this add-on block.

    Hope anyone can confirm or show me other ways to make this two task can work together. Otherwise, hope the future version can address this problem

  • Thu, Nov 21, 2013, 11:07 PM
    @Chiu Charlie: there was a javascript error when used with 2.6 (and 2.5?) that break the page' script, fixed this in version 2013112101.
  • C'est moi :-)
    Wed, May 7, 2014, 5:28 PM
    This block is nice and useful !
    But i can't find it in AMOS to make/upgrade the french translation...
  • Sat, May 17, 2014, 10:12 PM
    In debug mode, I see:
    Invalid get_string() identifier: 'massaction:addinstance' or component 'block_massaction'.
    Perhaps you are missing $string['massaction:addinstance'] = '';
    in ../moodle/blocks/massaction/lang/en/block_massaction.php?

    And indeed that file is missing such a line...
  • Sat, May 17, 2014, 10:16 PM
    I have Moodle 2.6 and MassAction 2013112101. MassAction installs, appears in the block list and the list of teacher permissions, but does not appear in the list of blocks.
  • Oam
    Fri, Jul 18, 2014, 7:33 PM
    Hello !

    In debug mode, I've got an error easy to fix : (Moodle 2.5)

    Invalid get_string() identifier: 'massaction:addinstance' or component 'block_massaction'. Perhaps you are missing $string['massaction:addinstance'] = ''; in /var/www/moodle/www/blocks/massaction/lang/en/block_massaction.php?

    Can you add a line like this in lang/en.php ?
    $string['massaction:addinstance'] = 'Add a new Mass Action block';

    Thanks !
  • Wed, Sep 10, 2014, 6:40 PM

    Running 2.6.4 and can confirm it's not appear in Blocks list, though has installed.

    Any ideas? Would be a huge help!

  • Thu, Sep 18, 2014, 12:31 AM
    I can echo that it all looks correctly installed, but nothing on the drop down to add an instance.
  • Tue, Feb 24, 2015, 3:10 PM

    Do you know any way to do something similar with activity settings? I need to change the "Allow access from" and "Allow access until" settings to a series of activities in one go.
    Even better: being able to do this across many different courses, instead of just one at a time.
  • Tue, Feb 24, 2015, 9:01 PM
    @Sebastien Jaffredo,

    I am not aware of a block or plug-in that could do this for you. I'll bring the idea up to our analysts and see how useful they feel this might be for our users. If they like the idea, then I'll see about getting work on that prioritised, whether that is my coding such a thing from start to finish or merely contributing to someone else's work. I'm not sure how you could set such a thing up to affect multiple courses and multiple activities within those courses simultaneously. Obviously, you probably could, but it would probably be easiest to make it work at a course level. Also, how often would changing these settings across multiple courses really be useful?

  • Wed, Mar 11, 2015, 1:50 AM
    We've noticed a conflict between this plugin and certain course formats, especially Collapsed Topics. When Collapsed Topics is selected as the Course Format, this block does not appear in the drop-down list, nor will it display. If we set the course to Topics or Weeks, the block works again. If we set the course format back to Collapsed Topics, the block disappears again.
  • Wed, Mar 11, 2015, 4:45 AM
    @Sebastian, see discussion about the "Assignment Reset Tool" in and at Documentation is here: - this doesn't allow you to set "access from" and "access to" dates, but could probably be extended to do so. It also only works on assignments, not other activities, but at least it's a starting point.
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