Engaging content - hotspots

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. 

Design principles for creating engaging digital contentSourcing and creating digital content

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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 Service One). Camtasia is available for both Mac and Windows.

  • Training is available for making educational videos in Camtasia. Refer to iEnrol for scheduled and upcoming sessions
  • 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 use Camtasia

Good for

  •  Embedding links and interactive elements into video content

Useful features

  • 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
    • No captions/transcripts

  • 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)

Help resources


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Good for

  • 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 and quizzing 
Useful features

  • Extensive drawing tools, shapes, lines, icons, smart art libraries
  • Grids, guides, grouping, alignment and item layering
  • Use 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
  • Test all possible pathways
Help resources
(Note the linked Microsoft page is for windows users. The Mac PowerPoint software is so similar that these windows resources are still useful to Mac users. Mac help resources are also available)

Quiz iconFLO Quiz  Active Quiz icon  Active Quiz

Useful features

  • Drag and drop question types where students drag labels to hotspots on an image – an interactive diagram to test knowledge/understanding as opposed to an interactive diagram to discover information

  • Ensure you test the question carefully in question preview 

Help resources

FLO tools: Lesson Quiz Choice Feedback Book Page Glossary

FLO tools cannot be used create hotspots but could be used to deliver/publish interactive media with hotspots to students.

Useful features

  • Interactive media could be embedded anywhere within FLO tools wherever the editor is available

Help resources

Digital Content Producer iconDigital Content Producer

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.

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