Drag & drop text on background


Example of a Drag & drop text on background item type in the back end:


Proceed as follows to create a Drag & drop text on background:

  1. Right click the folder in which you want the Drag & drop text on background to appear.
  2. Select New item.
    Result: The screen Make new item appears
  3. Select the item type Drag & drop text on background.
  4. Give it a name.
  5. Click OK.
    • Open the tab Properties to add or change the metadata of this item.
    • Open the tab Content and click on the text icon to add a text field or the asset icon to add an image, sound or video , … .
  6. Click on + Background to add a background.
  7. Select an image from the media library or from a local device and click OK.

    Tip: Once an image is set as background, it cannot be deleted. However, it can be replaced by another image.

  8. Click on + Dropzone to add a drop zone. A white square, indicating the drop zone, will appear in the upper left of your screen.
  9. Click and drag the square to position the drop zone.

Editing a Drag & drop text on background item

To edit a drop zone, select the drop zone you want to edit.
Result: At the bottom of the screen its properties are shown.

Dropzone properties

  • Position
    • Adjust the position of your drop zone here.
    • x indicates the horizontal position
    • y indicates the vertical position.
    • Alternatively, use the arrows of your keyboard to move the gap around.
  • Width
    • The default width setting is Auto resize. Which means that all gaps in the item are resized to the same size.
    • Select Fixed size to set the width manually.

Question properties

In the Question properties, you can set question feedback, positive and negative feedback. At the bottom you see these additional options:

  • Show lines (active or inactive), will (or will not) show the lines in the exercise.
  • Shuffle (active or inactive) will (or will not) mix the drops.
  • Show gaps (active or inactive). If active zones have been defined, it is best to hide the zones and set this function to inactive.
  • Infinite piles (active or inactive). If this function is active, you can infinitely take a drag from the list on top.
  • Snap (active or inactive). If this function is active, the drag will snap to the zone. If not, the drag will stay where it is positioned on the figure.

Advanced features

Adding a Hotspot

Proceed as follows to set the drop zone manually:

  1. Click on + Hotspot
    Result: The mouse pointer changes into a drawing pencil.
  2. Clicking once to set the beginning of the zone.
    Result: A red dot appears on your background.
  3. Click a second time to draw a second dot.
    Result: the first point is automatically connected to the second.
  4. Continue until you have drawn the zone of your choice.
  5. Click near the first dot to finish the zone manually.
  6. Click - Close hotspot to finish the zone automatically.
  7. Click - Hotspot to make all drawn hotspots disappear.

Tip: When you are using hotspots, it is best to set Show gaps to inactive. Otherwise, the exercise will be too easy.

Setting Tab sequence

You can use the Tab key of your keyboard to jump from one gap to another in the exercise. To set this order of jumps yourself proceed as follows:

  1. Click on Tab order once.
    Result:the button is pressed down.
  2. Go through each gap and click if necessary to change the order.
  3. click Tab order once more to confirm.
    Result:the button is no onger pressed down.

Tip: The tab order can be important, because tabs with higher numbers are piled on top of tabs with lower numbers. For example : if you have a gap with tab 2, the hotspot of this gap will lie on top of the hotspot of the gap with tab 1 (provided there is an overlap). This can be crucial when answering the questions by dragging to hotspots.

Adding lines

To avoid overlapping drop zones, or to improve structure in general, it is possible to add lines that connect a specific part of the picture to a drop zone in a more convenient area of the picture.


Proceed as follows to add lines:

  1. Click on + Line to add a line to the drop zone.
  2. Click and drag the start of the line or the white square at the end of the line to the desired position.

    Tip: You can add more than one line per gap.

  3. Click on - Lines to delete all the lines of a gap.
  4. Remove one single line by selecting a line and clicking - Delete.

Adding Initial values

A text gap can contain a readily filled in value. In the player, this value (or solution) will be shown to the candidates/students.


Proceed as follows to set an initial value:

  1. Click Initial values.
    Result: The button is pressed down.
  2. Drag the predetermined values (indicated in red below) of your choice to the gaps or on the drawing.
  3. Click Initial values again to confirm (so the button is no longer pressed down).
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