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Hot Spot Questions

With Hot Spot questions, students are presented with an image and are asked to select a particular area. Examples of Hot Spot questions include the following:

  • Anatomy: Locate different parts of the body.
  • Geography: Locate areas on a map.
  • Foreign Language: Select different articles of clothing.

Hot Spot questions are graded automatically.

Have the image file ready before you create the question. You can upload the image file from your computer or link to it from Course Files or the Content Collection. Images must be GIF, JIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and WMF files. Although no limitations exist, take into consideration the size of the image. Make adjustments using an image editing application before you upload the file.

Create a Hot Spot Question

  1. Access a test, survey, or pool. To learn more, see Tests, Surveys, and Pools.
  2. Point to Create Question and select Hot Spot.
  3. On the Create/Edit Hot Spot Question page, type the question.
  4. In the Upload Image section, locate the image file. Click Browse My Computer to upload a file from your computer. You can also upload a file from the course's storage repository:
    • If Course Files is the course's storage repository, click Browse Course.


    • If your institution licenses content management, click Browse Content Collection.
  5. Type Image Alternate Text that describes the image.

    Your Blackboard Learn may not include the text box for alternate text.

  6. Click Next.
  7. On the next Create/Edit page, the image appears. Press and drag the mouse pointer to create a rectangle over the correct answer. When students select a point within the rectangle, they receive credit for a correct answer. The area of the hot spot is defined by pixels. If needed, click Clear to remove the rectangle and start again.
  8. Optionally, type feedback for correct and incorrect answers, and question metadata. To learn more, see Question Metadata.
  9. Click Submit and Create Another -OR- Submit to add the question to the test.

Related Tutorials    video  Creating a Hot Spot Question (Flash video | 3m 29s)