I. Intro to H5P:

As educators and trainers, we should strive to make learning more interactive, engaging, and interesting for our learners. One tool that has gained popularity in recent years is H5P, which stands for HTML5 Package. H5P is a free and open-source content authoring tool that enables educators and e-learning developers to create interactive content that can be embedded in websites, learning management systems, and other digital platforms.

The team at OOOLAB have been using H5P extensively over the years, and we're confident that we are among the most experienced developers using the platform. We'd like to share some ways that using H5P has helped us and can help you when creating your own online educational content.

II. Benefits of H5P:

01. Price

It's free! Most other content authoring platforms have annual licensing fees ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars per user. H5P is free no matter how big your team is, leading to significant cost savings.

02. Versatility

H5P is a versatile tool that can be used to create a wide range of interactive content types. From interactive presentations to drag and drop exercises, H5P offers over 50 different content types that can be used to engage learners. Many of the content types are suitable for all age levels- from K-12 to corporate L&D. H5P allows you to do many of the same things that much more expensive content authoring tools do.

03. Ease of use

Although there is a slight learning curve, H5P is easy to use and does not require any programming skills or understanding of triggers, states, or variables. With a user-friendly interface, you can quickly create interactive content that is engaging and effective. You can even overlay interactive content into pre-made PowerPoint or Google Slides presentations.

04. Gamification

H5P allows educators to create games that are both fun and educational. This approach can help increase student engagement by making learning feel like play. By using games to teach concepts, students are more likely to retain information and enjoy the learning experience.

05. Interactive videos

With H5P, educators can create interactive videos that let students answer questions, make choices, and engage with the content in a more active way. H5P interactive videos have lots of different content type options to use, many more than other popular interactive video creators. There are even options to jump to other areas of the video, allowing you to create branched scenarios and choose-your-own-adventure style content. 

Keep your eyes open for a future post where we'll tell you all about the different question type possibilities for interactive videos!

06. Quizzes and assessments

H5P offers a variety of quiz and assessment options, including multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and true/false questions. These quizzes are embeddable in online courses and can provide students with immediate feedback on their progress. By providing instant feedback, students can learn from their mistakes and improve their understanding of the material. H5P can communicate with your LMS to provide tailored information about each student.

Does your LMS work with H5P? If not, try Learning OS. We've custom built it around H5P for reliability and ease of use. There's even an inbuilt H5P creator, so what you make is automatically uploaded. Our system also lets you assemble individual H5P files into a lesson deck!

07. Based on HTML5

H5P is based on HTML5, which means that it is compatible with a wide range of devices and platforms. This makes it easy for educators to create content that can be accessed by students on their laptops, tablets, or mobile devices. This is especially useful if you would like to start making homework or pre-work content for your course. Our LearningOS app along with H5P lets you assign it straight to students’ mobile phones.

If you would like to start making custom, H5P-based homework content in your own applet us know!

Overall, H5P is a powerful tool that can help to create interactive and engaging content that enhances the learning experience for students. By incorporating H5P into courses, educators and institutions can increase learner engagement and make learning more fun and interactive, leading to better retention and better outcomes. Why not give it a try?