Dr. Stoddard Accepts Position at Emory University

The Dean’s Business Office regrets to announce that Hugh Stoddard, M.Ed., Ph.D., will leave UNMC in early January.  He and his family will relocate to Atlanta, Georgia, where he’ll join the College of Medicine at Emory University as the Assistant Dean for Medical Education.  He’ll focus on educational research in his new role.

Dr. Stoddard currently serves UNMC as the Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Director of the Curriculum and Educational Research Office.  He has played an active role in overseeing the undergraduate medical education program since he joined UNMC in 2004.  His contributions include but are not limited to: data analysis, curriculum development and management, and coordination of the LCME accreditation process.

Dr. Gerald Moore, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, commented, “Dr. Stoddard has made a positive impact on UNMC during his tenure here.  His expertise and dedication to the college’s mission will be missed.”

A farewell reception honoring Dr. Stoddard will be held on the afternoon of January 3, 2013.  Details to be announced at a later date.

Blackboard Question Types: Hot Spot

Most faculty members are familiar with using multiple choice questions in computer-based exams via Blackboard.  Blackboard offers a variety of question formats in addition to traditional question formats.  In the coming months, we’ll feature some of the less-common question types Blackboard makes available to you.

Hot Spot

A Hot Spot question asks the test-taker to click on an area of a graphic image.  The instructor provides a prompt and the image file before identifying coordinates in that image that are considered correct.


  • allows instructors to move away from using images with leaders and letters (therefore eliminating student error in recording responses)
  • highly-sensitive coordinates
  • use images, diagrams, charts, histological sections, radiographs, EKGs
  • allows three file types:  .jpg, .gif, and .png


  • only one area of the image can be identified as correct (may be problematic in an image where more than one area of the image could be correct)

In this example, the test-taker is asked to click on the area of map in response to the prompt.Shown below is an example of a correct response.  The student’s response is the bulls-eye inside the red square.  Because the student’s response is inside the yellow correct coordinates (entered by the instructor), the student would receive credit for answering this question correctly.

Click here to view an instructional video produced by Blackboard, Inc.

Use the comments section below to share your ideas for how other UNMC Faculty could incorporate Hot Spot questions into Blackboard examinations.