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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:

  • 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.

Image illustrating associated text

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 there are no limitations, take into consideration the size of the image and make adjustments using an image editing application before uploading the file.

How to 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 to access the drop-down list.
  3. Select Hot Spot.
  4. On the Create/Edit Hot Spot Question page, type the question. Optionally, you can use the content editor to format the text and include files, images, web links, multimedia, and mashups.
  5. In the Upload Image section, locate the appropriate image file using one of the following options:
    • To upload a file from your computer, click Browse My Computer.
    • To upload a file from the course's storage repository:
      • If Course Files is the course's storage repository, click Browse Course.


      • If your school licenses content management, click Browse Content Collection.
  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, provide Feedback or Categories and Keywords. To learn more, see Adding Question Metadata.
  9. Click Submit.

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