When to use H5P

Everyone’s teaching and learning contexts are different – but one aspect that rings true for all is we don’t want to overcomplicate or introduce elements when they don’t have a purpose. When considering using H5P for your course or resource, evaluate whether it supports the following key principles:

  1. The H5P item aligns with intended learning outcomes
  2. The H5P item provides an opportunity for incorporation of multimedia (multiple modes) to help manage cognitive load during the learning process
  3. The H5P item provides an opportunity for learners to engage with the content – in support of active learning

The following chart[1] will help you consider how you might use H5P for various teaching and learning purposes.

Tools for Formative Assessment

Multiple Choice
Fill in the Blanks
Mark the Words
Drag and Drop
Question Sets
Interactive Video
Image Sequencing

Tools for Unit/Content Review

Course Presentation
Question Sets
Multiple Choice
Dialog Cards

Tools for Multimedia Integration

Interactive Videos
Branching Scenario
Image Hotspots

Tools for Student Submissions*

Audio Recorder
Documentation Tool

Tools for Knowledge Application

Branching Scenario

* This only includes the H5P content types where students can submit text/media. Students creating and submitting H5P content types that they have authored is a valuable open pedagogy assignment!

Difficulty Level

You should also consider the difficulty for you to create an H5P as well as the cognitive effort for your learners to use[2].

a categorization of H 5 P content types along two intersecting axes labeled 'TIME' and 'INFO'

Long Description

Use Case

Another way of thinking about this is via the following table which lists each H5P content type and their approximate difficulty level to create.

Simple/Easy Moderate Advanced/Complex

  1. This chart is adapted from UBC’s H5P Open Hub, Why use H5P? (CC BY-NC 4.0)
  2. This chart is an adaption of Slide 7, Intro to H5P for Mohawk College by Peggy French, (CC BY-SA 4.0).


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