Hot Question Forum

What is it?

Hot Question is an interactive forum activity that provides students with the opportunity to submit questions or responses to questions. These could be related to a recorded lecture, a topical issue, readings, revision class etc. Students can then vote/like each other’s questions/responses by clicking on the Thumbs Up icon. This gives the question/response heat - the more votes a question/response receives, the higher up it moves in the list of questions. The ranking allows teachers to easily identify the hottest and most pressing questions while students are given an opportunity to express their ideas, which isn’t often possible in large cohorts.

Why use it?

This tool promotes student engagement as it encourages students to take part in discussions, with the option to participate anonymously. It is especially useful for large cohorts as it allows teachers to address the top (5 or 10) questions, knowing they are covering the majority of the class's concerns. Other questions lower down the list might be discussed in a discussion forum, or summarised by the teacher.

Step 1: Add a Hot Question

Go to the course page and Turn editing on. Scroll to the section where you want your Hot Question to be displayed, click Add an activity or resource and pick Hot Question.

Step 2: Settings

Tip: Click on the question mark icon next to any setting to display extra help or click on Moodle Docs for this page link at the bottom of each page in Moodle to access context-specific documentation.

General

Give the Hot Question activity a meaningful Name and add a Description to explain its purpose and how to use it. If you are enabling anonymous posting, make this explicit in the description.

Entries

Submit your question here - By default, this is set to display ‘submit your question here’. If you intend to use the Hot Question activity for students to submit questions, you can leave this as it is. However, if you wish to use it for students to submit responses to questions you ask in class, then you could type ‘Submit your response here:’ in the text field.

Allow post question as anonymous - You can allow/disallow students to post anonymously. Students may be more likely to participate in this activity if they know they can hide their identity from other participants. You may find this useful if students are required to feed back on complex or challenging subjects or you are trying to encourage students who may be worried about posting a "stupid" question.

Approval required - Decide whether or not you want student responses to require approval from the teacher before being visible to all students.  Enabling this option would inevitably generate more work for the teacher and slow the pace of the activity.

Scroll down and click Save and display.

Understanding the Teacher Tools

When using the activity, teachers will be presented with a set of tools which are explained below.

Tools above the questions/responses

Export to .csv - Allows teachers to download all the questions and data from the current Hot Question activity.

 

Previous round - Allows teachers and students to navigate to the previous round

 

Next round - Allows teachers and students to navigate to the next round

 

Open a new round - Allows teachers to archive the current round, and start a new blank round. This is a useful feature as it saves the teacher from creating another Hot Question activity.

 

Remove this round - Allows teachers to delete the current round and start a new round. Please note, once the current round is deleted, its questions, its priorities, and its heat are all deleted.

 

Refresh - Allows teachers and students to refresh the activity to see the latest posts.

 

Tools by the questions

Priority - Allows teachers to set a numerical priority rating for each question. Thumbs up increases the rating and thumbs down decreases the rating. The rating number can be either positive or negative.

 

Heat - Allows teacher and students to vote for questions/responses.

 

Remove - Allows teachers to delete the question with its priority and its heat. This is useful if a student posts an inappropriate question/response.

 

Approved - If approval is not required, this icon will appear automatically next to each item. If approval required is required, each question can only be seen by the teacher, until the red circle icon

(not approved) is clicked and turned to green (approved)

Teacher View

The screenshot below shows how teachers see the Hot Question activity

Understanding the Student Tools

When using the activity, students will be presented with a set of tools which are explained below.

Tools above the questions/responses

Previous round - Allows teachers and students to navigate to the previous round

 

Next round - Allows teachers and students to navigate to the next round

 

Refresh - Allows teachers and students to refresh the activity to see the latest posts.

 

Tools by the questions

Priority - Students cannot change any Priority. This is set by the teacher.

 

Heat - Allows students to add heat/vote for questions/responses. Students cannot apply heat to their own post. However, if their post is anonymous, then they can vote for it.

Once a vote is added, it cannot be removed.

Student View

The screenshot below shows how students see the Hot Question activity

Additional Resources