An Introduction to H5P
Thanks to those who could make it to one of the Territory Moots to hear me babble about H5P and the interactive content you can create with it.
I will launch a few posts about this tool but I thought it would be good to start with capturing some highlights of the presentation here and share my slides for that part which include my notes.
To start, especially for those who might have missed out on the talk, H5P is an Open Source tool and a Free Project. The folks at H5P.org are providing a really dynamic and exciting tool which lets you author, share/borrow, and reuse content for learning. The content, of which there are about 30 different types, is in HTML5 format, so it is web friendly by design and will work on all those cool mobile devices like tablets and smartphones.
What kind of content?
Truly interactive content like Games (like Memory or Flashcards), Quizzes, Interactive Videos, Presentations, Timelines, and more. Content that really expands the possibilities for reaching learners in varied and engaging ways.
While you can embed the content straight from the H5P.org site into your course page, the Moodle integration really shines by including an Activity for H5P that provides an authoring tool right in the Settings page. You don't have to launch extra tools or purchase and install software suites in order to create content that is powerful and interactive. You'll need to request the Activity (H5P) to be installed on your Moodlerooms site. There is no charge and it is a simple process. A great suggestion that came up a few times was to install it on the sandbox first to test and then enable it on the production environment.
Once the activity is there, you can start authoring content in the activity tool. The interface is dynamic, meaning that it changes based on the content type you choose. It is also pretty straightforward and simple to use but supports a great depth of settings and features. The Activity also includes links to tutorials on the H5P.org site to help you understand what the content types do and how they are created. Lastly but not least, H5P includes essential support for accessibility, such as captioning for videos and alternative text.
We explored some of the content types and discussed some ideas on how to leverage these in teaching and learning. One key element I want to hit on again is that the embedded content works out of the box, but the authored or imported content in the activity format will automatically add a grade item to the grade book and record student performance. Very Exciting!
One last note I want to make in this post. As HTML5 content, your H5P activities and embedded content will also work on student's mobile devices, no fuss. Learners can engage in the content on their web browser on their device, and embedded content displays in the Moodle Mobile App automatically. While the App does not support the activity natively, it will just launch the browser for the student and let them interact with the content through that interface.
So check out the H5P content and activity, and watch for my next post on the topic where we will explore some of the specific content types that I am currently infatuated with and I'll share some example files as well.