Hot Question

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 3.1. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version of Moodle is probably available here: Hot Question.

The Hot Question activity is a Moodle plugin that can be used to better understand topics that a group collectively want to know more about. You ask participants to submit questions, or responses to a prompt, for example a recorded lecture, a topical issue, readings, revision class etc. Participants can then submit questions related to that topic, which appear in an ordered list (newest questions appear first). Participants then 'rate' other's questions by clicking a Thumbs Up icon - this gives the question / response heat. The more votes, the hotter the question and the higher up the list it will appear.

This means teachers of large classes can address the top (5 or 10?) questions, knowing they are addressing the majority of the class's concerns. Other questions lower down the list might be discussed with a discussion forum, or summarised by the teacher.

To use

  1. Login and navigate to your Moodle course.
  2. Turn editing on.
  3. Go to the topic you would like to add the Hot Question to, then from the Add an activity drop down select Hot Question (assuming your installation has the plugin installed).
  4. Give the activity a name.
  5. Decide whether you want students to be able to post anonymously and enable this if you do.
  6. Click Save and display.
  7. Add your question here and click Post.

Post anonymously

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

How can staff see who voted on questions?

This information can be found in that Hot Question's logs (Navigation block> Reports).

Ideas for usage

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


The screenshot below shows an example of a Hot Question being used to allow students to ask questions about a video. It is also possible to embed videos into the Hot Question so students can watch it from the same page as the are where they can ask questions. Moodle hot question.png