What is Image Explorer XBlock?#

The Image Explorer XBlock is a visual course component that enables the integration of an image with interactive hotspots into a course.

The screenshot below shows the Image Explorer XBlock added within a course unit, with an activated tooltip containing an embedded YouTube video.

This is an example of Image Explorer.

What are the benefits of using Image Explorer XBlock?#

  • This XBlock allows learners to explore an image containing hotspots and click the hotspots to display custom content.

  • This XBlock allows course creators to embed and display custom content within the image.

How to implement Image Explorer XBlock?#

Step 1:

Go to Studio. Remember, you can access it through the link in your ECC account or by going to studio.edunext.co and signing in with your email and password.

Step 2:

Open the course where you will add the Image Explorer XBlock.

Step 3:

Click on the Settings tab and select the Advanced Settings option.

This image shows where the Setting tab and the Advances Setting option are.
Step 4:

In the section Advanced Module List, add image-explorer between the square brackets.



Add the XBlock command with an indented space without any space before or after quotation marks, as shown in the example above, to avoid execution errors.

Step 5:

At the bottom of the screen, click on Save Changes.

This image shows the Image Explorer code in the Advanced Module List and the save button.
Step 6:

After this, the XBlock should be available, so click the Content tab and select the Outline option to get back to the course content.

This image shows the Content tab and the Outline option.
Step 7:

Under Outline, go to the section, then the subsection, and finally to the unit or page where you want to add the Image Explorer XBlock.

Step 8:

Once you are there, click Advanced Component in the Add New Component bar.

This image shows the Advanced Component in the Add New Component bar.
Step 9:

You will see a list of all the advanced components added to your course. Click on Image Explorer. The system will add the component immediately to the unit.

This image shows the Image Explorer option in the list.
Step 10:

Click the Edit button on the upper right corner of the new component to configure the Image Explorer component.

This image shows the Edit button.
Step 11:

The editor window is going to open. You will see the following options to set up the Image Explorer XBlock as needed:

  • Title: This is the title of the Image Explorer that is displayed to the user.

  • Definition: This is the XML definition for the Image Explorer.

Upon adding the Image Explorer component to a course in the studio, the block is populated with default content, shown in the screenshot below.

This shows the default content of Image Explorer.

See also

Find more information about the configuration of this XBlock in the repository documentation.

Step 12:

Finish the configuration of the component and click on the Save button.

Step 13:

Publish the unit and check how your new component looks on its final version by clicking the View Live Version button.

This image shows the Publish button and the View Live Version button.