Blocks: Multiblock

block_multiblock
Maintained by Picture of Peter SpicerPeter Spicer, Picture of Catalyst ITCatalyst IT
Using Multiblock you can collect all those blocks together and use 'one block's worth' of space and put all those blocks into the one space with one of several layouts, whether it's tabs or an accordion, or something else. Several preset layouts are bundled with Multiblock.
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What is this?

This is a sort of magic metablock. Suppose you're using Boost and you have a whole bunch of blocks making a course page longer than it should be, or cluttering up your Dashboard.

Using Multiblock you can collect all those blocks together and use 'one block's worth' of space and put all those blocks into the one space with one of several layouts, whether it's tabs or an accordion, or something else. Several preset layouts are bundled with Multiblock.

What styles of presentation are there?

  • Accordion
  • 2-column (split 33%/66%, split 66%/33%, split 50%/50%)
  • Dropdown
  • Tabbed list
  • Vertical tabs / pills

Support

If you find a bug, please use GitHub to file an issue - they should be added to https://github.com/arantor/moodle-block_multiblock/issues

Please note that I make no guarantees around resolution times and if you need something more concrete in terms of resolutions, or development, please contact Catalyst IT Europe to discuss your needs.

https://www.catalyst-eu.net/content/contact-us


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  • Picture of Plugins bot
    Mon, Apr 6, 2020, 11:50 PM
    Approval issue created: CONTRIB-8050
  • Picture of Stefan Scholz
    Wed, May 20, 2020, 9:26 PM
    Wow. What a clever idea. Love it. Kudos to the one who came up with that idea.
  • Picture of Roland Sherwood
    Sun, May 31, 2020, 11:52 AM
    Hi. Many thanks for this excellent plugin. I just wanted to report a bug which results in the wrong course link/title being displayed when managing a Multiblock's content: https://github.com/Arantor/moodle-block_multiblock/issues/59
  • Picture of Peter Spicer
    Wed, Jun 3, 2020, 6:33 PM
    Hi Roland,
    Just released version 1.3.0 which I hope will fix the issue, as I mentioned on GitHub I'd had trouble being able to reproduce, but hopefully this will fix it.

    If not please let me know and I'll see what I can do.

    Thanks,
    Peter
  • Picture of Mathijs Gloudemans
    Thu, Jul 9, 2020, 6:35 PM
    Hi Peter,

    Love the plugin but I seemed to have run into a bug (maybe?) in the 3.9 version. In the accordion setup, the first item of the block now always starts opened up instead of closed like the rest of the items on a reload of the page. On older versions it remained closed until used. Is this intended behaviour?

    Regards,
    Mathijs
  • A day in the life...
    Fri, Jul 24, 2020, 10:25 PM
    Moodle will not install. Gives an outdated exception for 3.9.
  • Picture of Peter Spicer
    Fri, Jul 24, 2020, 10:41 PM
    @Mathijs: sorry, I forgot about this - there's nothing specific about the 3.9 version that would cause it to do this, there is no programmed functionality in multiblock's own code for this itself. If it is being preserved, maybe that's something in Bootstrap doing it, but I can't imagine what. It's not something that we've seen here or been able to reproduce ourselves.

    @Michael: what does it say is outdated? I've just installed it on 3.9.1 using the exact download from this site, v1.3.2 of the plugin and it installed without warnings as I would expect. Do you have screenshots or a more detailed error message? I'm not sure what it could be saying is outdated; the same code works on 3.5 through 3.9.1 (though I haven't tested it on 3.9.1+ or Workplace 3.9.x yet) and it doesn't declare any dependencies.
  • A day in the life...
    Sat, Jul 25, 2020, 4:30 AM
    Maybe because I am using the adaptable theme? I’ll try again, and.get some screen capture for you.
  • Picture of Peter Spicer
    Mon, Jul 27, 2020, 4:15 PM
    There are definitely some issues with using Adaptable on 3.9, to the point where there is a pinned note in the themes forum not to use Adaptable with 3.9 at this time as it has not been updated. I would not be surprised if this is the issue you're coming into - as I can't reproduce such issues on 3.9.1 with Multiblock and Boost.
  • A day in the life...
    Wed, Jul 29, 2020, 4:21 AM
    Thank you for the heads up concerning adaptable. My site has not broken, but.....? Hmmmmm.....
  • Picture of Dan Jeffries
    Thu, Jul 30, 2020, 4:33 PM
    HI Peter

    Firstly - great plugin. Really tidies things up!

    It's generally working fine - apart from on the home page. When I try to manage the blocks I get the error message: Can't find data record in database table course.

    Is it designed to be used on the Home Page? We're using 3.8 and Lambda theme.

    Thanks - Dan
  • Picture of Roland Sherwood
    Fri, Jul 31, 2020, 11:12 PM
    Hi Peter. Apologies for being late to say many thanks for patching the issue I reported above - very much appreciated. I also just wanted to quickly ask if you might be open to making some custom changes to the plugin, specifically the addition of a permission which controls whether the bock can be viewed (similar to the way the sign in sheet plugin handles this: https://moodle.org/plugins/block_signinsheet). My institution has pre-purchased support hours available (with Catalyst NZ) which hopefully could be used for this purpose - so please could you let me know if this would work for you. Thanks again!
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