The Interactivity Strand in the Summer Adventure: What Kind of H5P Do You Want

When the CCCOER leadership team polled participants for interests, we saw spikes if interest in the H5P technology tools. This of course is not the only kind of tool one might consider for interactivity (and we are open to others, so let us know what you are interested in). We will build a series of activities you can pick up any time during the summer adventure.

Let’s start with getting an idea of your interest. Yes, a poll!

What is your level of experience in H5P?

  • None. Is it a sauce? I am curious. But novice.
  • I heard of it. People in my networks are talking about it. I want to be in with the cool people
  • A little. I have seen examples, demos, maybe a workshop. I still have questions on how ti works
  • Cooking already. I am using it now in my materials. But I can always get more practice
  • Top Chef. I know it fairly well and would enjoy helping others

0 voters

From the “Kitchen”

I’ve been involved over the last year supporting faculty for a BCcampus project providing grants to augment existing open textbooks with H5P activities aimed at providing practice problems (part of a larger project looking at Open Homework Systems).

So I will draw upon work and resources from the H5P Kitchen:

and also using some materials from a February 2021 workshop for the Arizona OER Conference

Before jumping into tools I prefer to ask people to spend time looking at existing H5P content to appreciate what it can (and can’t do). We then will sort out issues of where/how you can do the building (one of the advantages of H5P is that s works in multiple platforms). And then we will get into the making of stuff.

The Summer Plan

My plan is to roll out some prompts every week or two, suggestions for activities, and go in directions based upon the interests of those who show up. Use the space here to ask questions, share examples, and serve up some fine H5P cooked activities.

I hope we have some people who want to cook this summer with H5P…


Question - best method to import mp4 files in press book?

Videos in mp4 format can be uploaded as media the same way images are done, see media formats:

Some considerations are going to come into play depending where your book is hosted, there might be limits on upload size. And performance of video from the hosted version of a book is going to vary depending on server infrastructure. Plus it will increase to file size of the book, which can be a factor when someone wants to reuse it.

I would be hesitant to upload anything longer than a super short clip.

Video performance will always be better when ti is hosted on a platform designed to host media, whether it is services like YouTube, vimeo etc, or if you have access to an institutional media server.

Thanks. I was thinking the videos would be better if they are stored on the media server. We use canvas and I post short videos from screen-cast-o matic but I want the videos to look professional with a green screen. Time for me to call media.

As a former «garde-manger» (“pantry supervisor”?), I’ve been doing a «mise en place» (“kitchen setup”) so that teachers in our network (most of them Francophones) feel comfortable in the H5P kitchen.

Which involves tasting some previously-made dishes, sourcing the main ingredients, selecting some spices…

While many teachers leave during the Summer, those who stay tend to be the ones who are willing to try new flavours.

The metaphor seems to play out better en françcais! I’d be eager to hear, see, click to learn more about your mise en place.

I am still trying to figure out how to get things rolling here.

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To belabour the metaphor even further, maybe there could be a link to homecooking?

What are people already making “at home”? In Quebec’s college network, part of the push comes from people who are already cooking up some simple meals and are interested in spicing them up.

It’s also about bringing in new ingredients to feed our people.

There’s also the “cooking show” effect. You watch an appetizing meal and want to try it at home.
Some SCORM modules were created for a professional development program against violence. People want to cook up something similar. They originally asked about SCORM itself. Yet much of the discussion since has revolved around H5P. Because they can use it themselves.

We have a system for webspaces in WordPress or other, somewhat similar to Domain of One’s Own. It wouldn’t support Pressbooks (because, tech). Still, those work great for H5P test kitchens, getting our hands dirty and sampling some tasty bits away from our formal dining halls.

(As luck would have it, Moodle is well-distributed across our college network. As a disclaimer: my employer handles most of these instances.)

Recently, I connected with some college teachers who almost consider themselves technophobes/Luddites. At the same time, they’re thinking of ways to create some interactive modules because it’s been hard to engage learners during confinement. Even this morning, I had a neat chat with a college teacher who, in March 2020, would only use Moodle to post PowerPoint files and now uses it to share a diversity of H5P branching scenarios with full roleplay (even involving the family).

Eventually, we can have H5P picnics, as sharing meals is one of the best ways humans have found to develop bonds. Sampling what everyone brought, creating new treats from those shared ingredients, temporarily forgetting the cooking involved, making our own salad.
We’re all part of a giant community, whether it’s about eating or learning.

You are fortunate if you have some people with a good interest level.

I too am interested in the home cooking approach, rather than going full tilt into cooking for a textbook or entire course, focus on one meal at a time. I find there is a bit of a catch with H5P in that it appears very simple at first, and then you find layers of nuance, differences between tools. But still, it offers so much for teachers that would be beyond them to do in the dreaded C-O-D-E.

if anything is home cooking it is Lumi A block point you are alluding to is where people can find a stovetop. Lumi has it in a desktop application that provides access to create any content type (since is limited to a subset of tools). Lumi can export the .hp5 content that can be put into an LMS or a Pressbooks or a WordPress, and maybe, helps make more clear that would is created is portable.

The limit then is where one can publish. Lumi does offer an HTML export, so an activity can be a standalone web page, but what does one do with that?

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Well, you can talk! :wink:

To be fair, it might not be that large a group of people. It’s more than I expected.
Some of them stick to the simplest parts of H5P. Which, to my mind, is completely fine. Growing up, I’ve been incredibly privileged in terms of cooking. Yet I don’t find anything wrong when people stick to the same go-to dishes.
In the learning with H5P case, a lot can be done with some of the simplest content types. The right multiple-choice question during an interactive video can have more impact on learning than a full “Choose Your Own Adventure” with embedded quests.

At this point, it’s clear to me that H5P content types are misunderstood. Sure, we have the periodic table and the examples and the charts… Problem is, few people realize what you can do with which content type. Especially given the name. I don’t just mean Oliver’s strange names. Some of the standard ones are less descriptive than one might expect.

And… No disrespect to Joubel, I must admit that I never found the berry examples that compelling, pedagogically.

Kyle Mackie’s use of the Documentation Tool is part of this. Discussed it with this college prof, yesterday, who was making a lot of branching scenarios and didn’t realize you could use a tool to produce a Word file.
Sooo… Maybe my Summer Adventure will be to try each content type at least once with some realistic use cases?

As for Lumi, it’s now my set answer to those people who want to distribute pieces of content made in H5P. It’s the right solution to that problem, I think. Until we get our own portal, at least.
As you say, it makes little sense when the interaction is supposed to lead to something. It makes a whole lot of sense when the learning experience is really in the embedded content, which might be the case with a properly-crafted branching scenario.

For us, the Moodle Content Bank might become extremely handy.

And while there’s some encouraging news about Joubel’s own OER Hub, that 2% before completion could still represent significant delays.

I had that experience yesterday- I had always ignored the Personality Quiz thinking it had no use, then I saw this use of the “personality quiz” to provide a series of questions for geoscience students to find a best suggestion for a research database

There is also a step to understand that there are granular single purpose tools (fill in the blank, MC, T/F, Drag the words) and the combination tools (Course Presentation, Branching Scenario, Interactive Video, Interactive Book, Column) that let you use these within.

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Excellent point about the “personality quiz” and thought-provoking example on scholarly literacy!

Maybe the kitchen could have separate cupboards for those. And a recipe book to inspire. “Have you ever thought of making a cake with zucchini?” “Chocolate can be amazing in a mole sauce…”

What’s the difference between using Lumi and H5P on wordpress? Except to use H5P on wordpress you have to be online?

Yes! I am about to write this up. Lumi offers the exact same authoring interface, but it can be done on your computer. It exports/imports H5P content that could be put into a WordPress site (or any other site that supports H5P).

That is one of the benefits of H5P- the authoring environment is independent of the platform- use it in Lumi, WordPress, Pressbooks, drupal, Moodle,

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Nice. I’ll give it a try. I don’t mind building on wordpress, but if I don’t update really frequently I sometimes end up losing content.

it’s a good alternative for people who do not have access to a platform with the tools enabled, especially since offers just a limited set of tools to try.

Also interesting is that Lumi can export an H5P as standalone HTML page.

FYI, if you are curious/interested about the concept of branching scenarios and how they can be created in H5P, there is a Cooking With H5P webinar Thursday June 24 with Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Arley Cruthers.

Free to attend, register in advance required.

Is the summer over already? Where are you cooking and can raw beginners who can only make celery sticks participate?

I have a Moodle sandbox within our college and my own bluehost account with several WordPress sites. I could easily set up a new WP and subdomain dedicated to trying H5P recipes

I’ll check out Lumi to see how that could build an offline cafe for serving snacks or meals on a flash drive - or on a Nimble network - for hungry learners with limited lunch money - or am I getting carried away with this kitchen metaphor?

You can never go to far with a metaphor, Jim. It is nutritious.

I have been outlining activities to be offered serve yourself (buffet style) via the tag Topics tagged interactivity-opsa This is largely lifted from an open set of workshops activity I did for a session in February

The “where” part was recently introduced, it varies much. For anyone without access to a stovetop, I suggest for experimenting and maybe Lumi for doing more.

For your nimble environment you could set up a WordPress site where users can self create accounts to a site with the plugin enabled. This is an approach I see some people from UBC doing in the OpenETC co-op

I was trying there (it’s only partly baked) to create a template site that would do this function

If it’s possible, and you have the chops, a drupal site might work better- that is the platform H5P develops for first and it is what the eCampusOntario H5P Studio is built on. I have seen some self-serve sites done in a similar fashion (my bad drupal skills have 10 years of mold on them).

I’m hungry :wink: