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Hot spot question type

Hot spot question type

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas




My comment: Hotspot question type should be an internally available quiz question type, without the need for a LTI-integration tool.


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Hot spots for images for quizzes : Help Center

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I agree that hot spot questions are extremely helpful. In fact one of our Nursing program's certification exams include this question type and I am constantly asked when Canvas will get it.

Community Member

This same feature was suggested by​ where she posted:

There are many fields where it would be helpful to create questions with "hot spots"--areas you need to click to identify something (anatomy) or sometimes in sequence (music).  Thanks for considering!

mgonin​ also chimed in with the following:

This would be very helpful to our foreign language instructors as well.

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I could see this as a wonderful application for humanities courses (paintings, photographs, architecture).

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Not being an instructor myself, I will entirely defer to others as to the importance of such a feature. However, being a Canvas geek, I can think of a simplistic workaround (at least for images). I am not totally picturing how it would be used for music and foreign language. The workaround I can think of for images is to edit them with boxes or numbers and include them in a matching question type. Such as this:

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Adding more interactive elements to the LMS would be a huge plus. This would be a game changer for many subject areas.

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We (a dental school) do something like this already with X-rays -" which of the numbered arrows points to the cavity?" type of thing.  But it's a much more realistic - and tougher - challenge to give the students a totally unlabeled X-ray and say "click on the cavity." When they get to the clinic, teeth won't have four labeled points to choose from! So hotspots would be really nice to have.


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Community Team​, this nearly identical feature idea is currently open for voting, so you might want to add your use case and feedback to it:

Community Member

The lack of hotspot questions is the closest thing to a deal breaker that I have with Canvas.  I NEED this question type for quizzes and other assessments!

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This idea has resurfaced and will be open for voting February 3, 2016