How do I create a hotspot item?

In Mastery Connect, you can create a hotspot item. A hotspot item is an image-based question in which students click on a pre-determined section of an image in response to a stimulus.

Note: District and school administrators (admins) can also create items directly in the district item bank.

Add New Item

In the Global Navigation menu, click the Assessments link. Then, follow the steps to create a new item.  

Enter Question or Instructions

Enter Question or Instructions

Enter a question or item prompt in the Compose question field [1].

Enter text that displays when the image can not be displayed to the user in the Image alternative text field [2].

To enter the image, click the Edit button [3].

You can format the image size in the Width (px) and Height (px) fields [4].

Upload Image

Upload image

By default, an image of the world map displays in the image properties window. To upload an alternate image, click the Replace button [1].

For additional options, click the More Options drop-down menu [2].

To format the image size, click the Unlock icon [3]. Then, enter dimensions in the Height and Width fields [4].

To host your own online image, enter the URL in the Image URL text field [5].

To save changes and upload an image, click the Save button [6].

Draw Selection Areas

Draw Selection Areas

To draw a selection area, click the Draw button [1]. Then, use the cursor to create a selection area around any part of the image [2]. Repeat with all selection areas for the question.  

To undo or redo a portion of a selection area, click the Undo and Redo buttons [3]. To delete an entire selection area, click the selection area. Then click the Delete button [4].

To select fill color, click the Color box [5]. Then, use the Current color window to select a new color and opacity [6].  Repeat to change the Selected outline color [7]. Then, click the Apply button [8].

Enter Correct Answers

Enter Correct Answers

Enter a point value for the item in the Point(s) box [1].  

Click the image to select the correct answer(s) [2].

To allow multiple correct answers, click the Multiple responses checkbox [3].

To add additional scoring, layout, and formatting options for the item, click the More options drop-down menu [4].

Note: Exact match is the only scoring type allowed for hotspot items.

View Authoring Help

For more information about additional authoring options, scroll to the top of the item authoring page and click the Authoring Help icon.

Validate Answers

Validate Answers

To preview the item interaction, click a selection area [1].

To view correct and incorrect answers, click the Show Answers checkbox [2]. Correct answers display a check mark and are shaded green [3]. Incorrect answers display an X and are shaded red [4]. If the answer in a response box is incorrect, the correct answer displays in the Correct answers window [5].

The number of points awarded for the item as answered in the preview window over the number of points possible display in the scoring bubble [6].

Add Optional Features

Add Optional Features

To add optional features to the item, click the Add Feature button [1] and select the features you wish to add from the drop-down menu [2]. Learn more about adding passages and other features.

Note: The Desmos calculators are only available in districts that have paid Desmos subscriptions

Save or Publish Item  

To save the item as a draft and keep editing enabled, click the Save As Draft button [1]. When you save an item as a draft, it can be edited and deleted in your personal item bank and by admins in the district teacher item bank.

To disable editing and share the item with teachers in your district, click the Publish button [2]. When you publish an item, it displays in the district teacher item bank and is available to all users in your district. You can delete the item from your personal item bank, and admins can delete the item from the district teacher item bank.

To disable editing and share the item with admins only, click the Publish & Reserve button [3]. When you publish and reserve an item, you can delete it in your personal item bank, and admins can view and delete the item in the district teacher item bank.

To delete the question and return to the Create New Item page, click the Go Back button [4].