Hotspots are Interactive elements embedded within the content that students hover or click on to trigger an action (eg revealing more information, visit web links).
Good practice guides and tip sheets
Good practice guides and tip sheets have been developed to support quality in both curriculum design and teaching practice. Good practice guides provide a pedagogical overview and tip sheets provide you with practical strategies and ideas for implementation.
Links to engaging content-related resources are provided below.
Camtasia is video recording and editing software that features simple drag and drop editing and libraries of effects and interactions. With Camtasia, you can record, then edit your computer screen activity, audio, and webcam input. If you capture video
footage on mobile devices or digital recorders, you can import and edit it. Camtasia is available to all staff and can be downloaded via the IDS Support Portal. Home use licences are available (request via ServiceNow).
Camtasia is available for both Mac and Windows.
The first time you start Camtasia, the program will open a tutorial video. You can find this video again later under Help > Open Getting Started Project within Camtasia. This built-in video will give basic instructions on how to
Embedding links and interactive elements into video content
Drag and drop hotspot interaction from library
Properties panel to enter details of action required on hotspot
Hotspot can link to different timeline markers/timecodes
Hotspots can link to external websites
Considerable planning required
Can become time consuming
Cannot be hosted in Kaltura and maintain interactivity for branching, therefore:
No viewing analytics
Must be exported as Web Page (for Smart Player) or SCORM (for Gradebook integration)
Different process required to publish in FLO compared to standard video
Camtasia project files can be large. While working on your project save your files to the hard drive of the computer. Working with your project files on network storage will slow editing down and can also cause crashes. Once complete store them
on OneDrive or S: drive (your U: drive generally won't have enough space for these large files)
Adding a wide range of interactivity elements through hotspots, including linking to content within the resource and externally, triggering movement of slide objects/text to chunk and sequence information in different ways, and as part of branching
Extensive drawing tools, shapes, lines, icons, smart art libraries
Grids, guides, grouping, alignment and item layering
Animation effects with triggers to add/hide different layers/elements on the slide
Use Action settings on items, or links (within document) to go to a new slide of information
Hotspot functionality generally only allows one action to be triggered per object
No conditional logic for actions triggered by hotspots
Interaction for hotspots will only be available when viewing in Microsoft PowerPoint slideshow
Must be provided as .pptx or .ppsx files. Users must download and open
Mobile devices require Microsoft PowerPoint app
If slides are printed, all items/layers will print respecting layer order
There are a couple of ways to add hotspots over images
Layer a cropped segment of the original image over the image and use the cropped segment as the animation trigger or link (watch video)
Add a shape with a transparent fill, use the shape as the animation trigger or link
Plan the layer order of your objects
Plan the possible pathways through the presentation
Hide the extra information slides linked to hotspots from the slideshow
When linking to separate slides, make sure you add a way back to diagram
The Digital Content Producer is a highly talented member of the Online Learning Team in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, who has an extensive skillset with multimedia and digital content, and can work with you on the development of
complex digital learning resources.
If your needs are not met by the existing tools or the resource you are looking to create is complex in some way, please speak with the Learning Designer in your college about your needs
as there is some capacity for digital content production for learning and teaching.