Creating a Hot Spot Question - New Portal Beta

June 28, 2017 Rex McWilliams

All question types may be created one of two ways, either within a Course, or when building an Assessment. Since the creation process is the same for both, we'll show the process once a Course has been selected.

Create a Hot Spot Question

1) From the My Courses screen, select the Course. 

Clicking the expand icon  will allow you to add more columns to the grid if there are any not being displayed.


2) Select the Questions sub-tab.

3) Click the green plus sign to the left. Select Hot Spot.

4) The new Hot Spot creation window will appear to the right. Begin by entering the Question Title and Question Text.

  • Utilize the Camera button to attach an inline image within the question stem. 
  • Utilize the Formula button to open the formula editor. For more information regarding the WIRIS Formula Editor, click here to read our guide

5) Next, choose to upload an image. This image will serve as a "map", where students will need to select the correct location, item, portion, or area to correctly answer the question. We will refer to these as "hot spots".

6) Click Add Hot Spot. This button will give you a tool to draw an answer location on the image. You may add more than one hot spot for the image. Note, at this time partial credit is not available for Hot Spot question types.

  • When creating a hot spot, you may make it as big or small as you wish. You can also zoom into the image to create even smaller hot spots. To zoom in or out, use the + or - keys to the left of the image, or use the slider bar.

  • If you made a mistake and wish to remove a hot spot, click the Add Hot Spot button again to de-select it, and click the hot spot you wish to remove. Click Delete to remove it. In this mode, you're also able to move and resize hot spots already placed on the image.

7) Add Rationale to provide feedback on a question during a Secure Exam Review, or when releasing results to Exam Takers.

8) Add Categories by clicking the green plus button, and selecting the appropriate category type for this question. For more information about adding categories, click here to read the Tagging a Question with Categories guide.

9) Add Attachments by dragging files into the window, or by clicking the link to browse your computer. Question attachments will be displayed when a student navigates to the question, and can be closed / reopened as many times as they may need. 

10) Lastly, Save the question.

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