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INTERACTION HIGHLIGHT: Adding Hotspots to Your Online Modules

Adding interactions to your e-learning modules is a great way to keep users engaged and interested while reviewing your content. There are many pre-built options to choose from, but one of the most versatile choices is the hotspot. Hotspots are invisible buttons that can be used for triggering actions like jumping to other slides and showing layers. They can also help de-clutter more information heavy slides by hiding text until a user hovers over the relevant spot, and be used as invisible targets in a drag-and-drop interaction.

One: Place Your Hotspots Once you have chosen your image or background, adding a hotspot is as easy as going to the Insert tab on the ribbon, selecting Hotspot and one of the shapes, and drawing the hotspot on your slide. When you’re working in Storyline, hotspots will appear as semi-transparent shapes, but not to worry- they are completely invisible when you preview or publish your project.


Tip- You can change a hotspot’s color or effect to make it easier to see while you’re working in Storyline. They will still be invisible in the published course.

Two: Making Your Hotspots Work When you draw a hotspot, Storyline will automatically add a trigger- however, it starts as “unassigned” and you will need to edit the trigger in order for your hotspot to work. To modify the trigger, double-click it to open for editing. From there, select what layer you would like your hotspot to trigger, or select a slide to jump to when the user clicks.


Tip- Hotspots can have more than one use- If you would like to display another layer when the hotspot is hovered over, but jump to another slide when clicked, add a second trigger.

Three: Publish and Upload

Once you have tested your hotspots, you are ready to publish! Remember that your hotspots will be invisible on your finished slides. Here is our finished product:

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Publish your new course as SCORM 2004, 2nd or 3rd edition and Passed/Failed to make sure all your performance data gets sent to the Learn-WiseGo Reports, and you are ready to upload and deliver to your users!

Are you looking for more ways to keep your users engaged and learning? Contact us for ideas and support.


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