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This activity allow students to actively engage in class wide discussions, with the benefit of being able to ask questions / make comments anonymously. It is especially useful for large cohorts , since it allows a group to decide collectively which topics are most important. It can help you identify any problem areas that your students are sturggling struggling to understand and you can plan your subsequent classes to address these. It is ideal for getting feedback from students on what to cover in revision classes.

You can also use the answers to generate a Word cloud, so you can easily see the most popular ideas (they will be in larger text). See below for an example.

Who can use it?

  • Tutors and course admins can add Hot Questions.
  • Students and participants can contribute questions/topics and vote for others.

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Ensure your students' understand how they should use the activity.  If if you choose to allow them to post anonymously, make this explicit.

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  1. Click the Turn editing on button in the top-right of your page.
  2. Go to the topic you would like to add the Hot Question to, then from the Add an activity or resource drop down select Hot Question.
  3. Give the activity a name .And and fill in ‘Submit your question here’ this will be the question you want to ask
  4. Decide whether you want students to be able to post anonymously and enable this if you do.
  5. Click Save and display.
  6. Add your question/statement here and click Post.

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There are not many configuration options for Hot Question, but one is anonymous posting for participants. When enabled they can chose choose to hide their identity from other participants. You may find this useful if you are asking student for feedback on complex or difficult to understand subjects or are trying to encourage students who may be worried about posting a "stupid" question. 

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This is what a hot question looks like. This example is asking students to post any questions they have about a video they have watched. You could also display the video within the hot question, alongside the instructions. UCL has a number of video subscription services you can draw upon. See: 

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ELDG 2015 - 2016; using Moodle (Hot Questions) in the classroom: Quick Guide

ELDG 2015 - 2016; using Moodle (Hot Questions) in the classroom: Long Guide

Questions & Answers

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Questions & Answers

Q. What is a Word Cloud?

A. A word cloud shows popular words in larger text than less popular words. There are many free online Word cloud generators available, such as: http://www.wordle.net 


Here's an example Word Cloud:

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(Image source: http://aptgadget.com/word-cloud-makers/)

Further information

  • Take the questions and create a Wordle that will show repeated words in larger text.
  • Ask questions on a Lecturecast recording, polling the questions asked and answering them in the next session.
  • Gather feedback during a session on certain aspects and with students rating the most important.
  • Establish an open-approach to asking questions, promoting students to considering other people's questions in lieu of their own.

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