When would you use H5P?
H5P is great for creating self-paced online activities and content interactions.
Simple activities are used when students are required to gain information.
This is particularly effective for exploring, reading, examining or watching on-line content.
Interactive activities are where students can apply their learning or new skills by modelling, trialing, checking their knowledge in a simulated environment.
Student generated activities
Student generated activities are where students produce artifacts, reflect, design a document, write reports, create notes, etc.
When wouldn’t you use H5P?
Though you can use it for graded activities, H5P graded activities don’t provide details of the completed activities, only a very general completion overview report. Any question attempts are marked automatically, and the grade is recorded in the gradebook. As H5P does not have a collective database, it is also not recommended for group work, discussions, debates, word clouds or other collaborative tasks.
Also, as H5P uses pre-built layouts and designs to create simple, and easy to build interactions, more complex visual or behavioural customisation may not be possible. You may need to consider other technologies, such as SCORM tools like Articulate or Captivate, for more control and customization.
How to access H5P?
The Monash University instance of Moodle has been installed with an H5P plug-in, which means staff can directly embed H5P content into Moodle. You can now create a content bank for your unit with all your H5P activities that can either be embedded using the H5P button in your Atto text editor or added into the unit page as a graded activity through the Add an activity or resource button.
Two ways of adding H5P activities in Moodle
Non assessed H5P activities
The recommended method is to build all your H5P activities into the content bank to easily embed H5P activities into any text editor in Moodle. Embedded H5P activities from the content bank are not linked to the Moodle grade book. Once you create your activities in the Content Bank, then you can link these inside using the Atto text editor H5P button (see image below). For how to create this see the guide Creating H5P activities in the content bank.
Note: You would need to ensure that your unit is set for Atto as your default text editor. View this guide to set this up.
Graded H5P activity
You can create a graded H5P activity or select an existing H5P activity from the content bank to create a H5P grade item that is linked to the Moodle Gradebook. This allows you to grade the H5P activity and enable attempt tracking. If you have existing standalone H5P activities created using the former H5P Interactive content editor (black icon), you can also upload them to the content bank.
Which are the most versatile activity types?
There are a number of activity types that you can use, however there are two types that can integrate multiple question types into one H5P activity: Course Presentation and Column
Course Presentations allows you to combine multiple H5P interactive content types by creating multiple slides, while the Column activity does a similar thing in a one page scrolling version. Both can include links, pictures, audio and video clips, various question types and exportable text areas.
Click on the two links below for step-by-step instructions on how to set these up:
Transferring H5P activities
If you have already created H5P content using the original H5P Moodle plugin (Interactive content), which looks like the black icon, then it is highly recommended that you transfer these into the content bank so that they are easily accessible in your unit and integrated with the H5P button in the Atto text editor. See Reusing H5P content for details on how to do this.
This MEA module will explain how H5P can be used within Moodle to enhance the learning experiences for students.
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