August 15th, 2013 E-Learning


Over the years, I have implemented quite a few learning management systems and created countless elearning modules.  The one consistent item across all of these implementations was that there needed to be a quiz to test users on their comprehension of the material.  For a long time, these quizzes were strictly multiple choice or true and false.  This was the case for a variety of reasons.

The main reason multiple choice and true/false quizzes were implemented was because it was the only real option available from the rapid elearning development software.  Sometimes there were opportunities to use other methods, but they weren’t really flushed out at that point and too “buggy”.  Another major reason was because of costs.  The more complex quizzes often meant more development hours, and naturally more financial investment.

While it is not uncommon to encounter the cost issue today, the technology part is no longer a problem.  If you are using a program that does not support media (streaming videos, images for answer choice, audio files, etc.) in their quizzing – you are doing your organization a disservice.  Text-based multiple choice does serve its purpose, but there is really no excuse anymore for not supporting modern media.

Learning is dynamic and requires delivery that suits the topic at hand.  In the same way, the quiz questions need to help maximize learning retention.  Sure, you can hammer out 10 multiple choice text-based questions/answers, but modern learning demands more.  By simply including videos in your questions (or answers), or perhaps images in a matching scenario, you are encouraging the learner to think about the concept at hand from a different perspective.

With this principle in mind, we have ensured our LearnDash based quizzes offer our users the most flexibility possible. You can easily insert video, audio, images, into question and answer selections.   It would be silly to handcuff you to just text-based questions. Naturally, we will continue to refine/update the quiz based on industry best practices – and our user feedback.

If you’re looking for a robust elearning program with attention to modern learning theory, then I encourage you to take a look at some of the LearnDash quiz features. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to write or call.

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Hi Justin !

I saw in one of your previous posts that you didn’t receive some pre-sales messages and I think mine was one of them. It was a bit (too?) long anyway so I’m just gonna ask one question at a time in your related blog posts. 😉

For quizzes, I totally agree with your above statement and, talking about images, I’m wondering if your planning on adding “hotspot quizzes” in LearnDash. I don’t know if it’s the right way to call them though. What I mean is that the quizz is actually a picture where you have to pinpoint one or several specific spots to answer (by dragging an element there, just clicking, specifying an order or even adding a caption for that spot). It’s not a deal breaker for me in the purchase of LearnDash but that would definitely be a great feature !

Congrats with all the work done so far ! Seeing how enthusiastic you are really keeps me interested (just need to make sure of a few extra details and I will buy LearnDash for sure !).


I am also interested in being able to create hot spot questions…any update or thoughts on implementing them?

If not, then how easy is it to use hot spot questions created using QuizMaker from Articulate/iSpring inside LearnDash?


Avatar Gregory

I recently asked Justin the same thing about “hot spot” quizzes and he replied back that the feature is not currently available as of March 2015. Perhaps, this feature will be available in a future LearnDash update. It’s a great option that I used to integrate in the Moodle LMS.

Avatar Mike

hotspot quizzes are being asked since 2014. It’s been 7 years. Quite a long time to implement a feature, isn’t it?

Avatar Gil

Hi Justin, Learndash Quizzes MUST Support Modern Media. This way it is about time to make improvements on the quizzes. Hotspot, is just an example. Allowing to use other chars than numbers on the options (a) or a. or A> for example) is another example. It’s been many years since the last improvement. Thanks.

Avatar James

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