Introduction to H5P

This module will provide you with fast fundamentals of H5P – from what it is, to why you might want to use it in your teaching and learning, to how to create and use it within online spaces.

What is H5P?

H5P is a free, open-source easy-to-use-yet-powerful content collaboration framework which enables anyone – from novice web users to pro programmers – with the ability to create interactive learning activities and content on the web. It works as a plug-in for web-based platforms such as WordPress, Pressbooks (where it is natively integrated) and learning management systems such as Brightspace, Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle and more.

H5P stands for HTML5 Package – and don’t be intimidated by that technical term. Basically, HTML5 is the latest and more versatile version of the standard markup language used to structure and present content on the web – this gives us the power to easily create interactive, responsive, and multimedia-rich content.

The best way to learn about H5P is to first explore and experience the many possible content types. After you familiarize yourself with these, then take the time to consider why you would want to create and use H5P. We’ll dig into what you might want to consider, but as with any technology, it’s important not to use it just because it exists – but more about what purpose it will serve your teaching and learning context. Once you figure that purpose out, it’s time to start looking into what H5P possibilities align. The final step is to give it a go and try it out for yourself. Let’s get started!

silhouette icon of a dark blue pencil within a golden outline of a square that has rounded corners Learning Outcomes

  1. Explore the H5P toolset and its range of interactive content types
  2. Identify contexts in which using H5P provides engaging and interactive learning experiences
  3. Create interactive content using H5P
  4. The presentation below offers some general tips on making some types of H5P content types accessible.


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