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How do I add a labelled graphic or use the hotspot element?
How do I add a labelled graphic or use the hotspot element?

The Hotspot element allows creators to combine text and images into a single interactive element.

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Written by Lou Monsour
Updated over a week ago

Hotspots are great for taking paragraphs or bulleted lists of text and turning them into more interactive content.

Examples of ways you could use this element include:

  • Step-by-step processes

  • Correct vs incorrect information

  • Text metaphors

  • Labelled graphics

  • Explanatory charts or graphs

  • Software menus and functions

  • Document parts

  • Features of a product

Hotspots work just like any other content element for creators - they can be added in any location, moved around and copied. Sage includes Hotspots in her calculations of topic quality and length.

Expand the sections below to learn more.

Steps to add a Hotspot element to a course

Add the element to your topic or article by selecting the 'Hotspot' option from the Content box, then follow these steps:

  1. Provide instructional text to your learners about how they can explore the hotspot. For example 'Click the numbers on the image below to learn more.'.

  2. Add an image to your hotspot by uploading an image from your computer or importing an image from our image library, then optionally add a description for screen readers. Please note, hotspot images do not support 'click-to-zoom' functionality.
    Once an image has been added, your first two hotspot markers will appear. Each hotspot marker visible on your image can be managed using the tabs below the image labelled 'Hotspot 1', 'Hotspot 2', and so on.

  3. Add additional markers by clicking the + button (each Hotspot element can have up to ten markers), and drag-and-drop the hotspot markers to any part of your image, as needed.

  4. Optionally add a title and image to each hotspot. Images added to each hotspot marker using the Tribal Habits image uploader can be clicked to zoom by learners.

  5. Add a description to each hotspot using the rich text editor. This may be a step in a process or a part of a document. You can also insert images to the text for each marker and upload downloadable documents. Images inserted into your text will not zoom when clicked by learners.

  6. Using the drop-down button at the top-left of each hotspot, optionally change the hotspot type from numbers (which is the default) to alternative hotspot icons such as letters, symbols or arrows.

  7. Optionally enable the setting 'Explorers must select all hotspots before progressing.'. We recommend using this setting to ensure learners don't scroll past the hotspot activity without actively engaging with it.

Click Save. Your hotspot is now ready for learners to explore. After opening a hotspot, learners can close it by clicking another hotspot or by clicking the X symbol in the top-right of the open hotspot.

Video demonstration

The following video explores examples of this element in action along with how to add it to a topic or article. Please note, certain aspects of the UI may have changed since the video was recorded.

How Hotspots work for explorers

Explorers see hotspots as images with interactive markers. They can click on a marker and see the associated description floating above the image.

Unexplored markers will animate and appear with a blue background for explorers until they are explored. Explored markers will appear with a green background and a tick (replacing the chosen Hotspot icon) - indicating they have already been viewed. There is also a 'countdown' of explored markers above the image. In combination, it is obvious to explorers where they need to explore next.

Hotspot best practices

Below is a list of our recommended best practices.

  • Select an image which has clearly differentiated parts within it, to make it obvious to explorers about how they should explore the image and it's markers.

  • Each marker can have a different icon - the numbers 1 to 10, letters A to J and a range of icons (tick, cross, heart, circle, arrows, star, ? and !).

  • You can optionally add an introductory title or paragraph of text to a hotspot. This will appear above the hotspot and can provide instructions for explorers about the hotspot (if you haven't already outlined this in, say, a text element above the hotspot element).

  • You can optionally select an option to require explorers to view all hotspots before they can progress. This can be useful for compliance topics where you need to be certain explorers have viewed all content.

  • When you are editing a hotspot as a creator, the marker you are editing will animate (to help tell the difference between markers with the same icon).

  • You can also use the Image Editor to edit your image - crop it, add notes or change the filter.


Let's take a look at some examples of the hotspot element in action!

Example - Process

Hotspots work well to explain a process in an interactive way:

Example - Charts or graphs

Hotspots can also work well to explain charts, graphs, reports or other documents:

Example - Software

You can use hotspots to explain software or systems:

Example - Images within a hotspot

You can incorporate images within your hotspot markers. To do this, click on 'Insert Image'.

Example - Documents within a hotspot

You can include downloadable documents within your hotspot markers. To do this, click on 'Upload File'.

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