H5P

H5P is a web-based tool that enables you to easily create interactive, mobile-friendly resources, which you can then include in your course. These resources can range from a short quiz that you can add at the end of a learning section, to interactive videos, which can include additional information or quiz questions, or course presentations, which may include text, images, videos and quiz questions.

You can use H5P to:

  • create engaging, interactive presentations
  • enable students to practice what they learned with short quizzes
  • help students develop their critical and decision-making skills with branching scenarios

Getting started

All staff have access to create/insert H5P resources through the Blackboard courses they are instructors in - navigate to the content area you want to add a resource and select Build content > H5P.

H5P have created resource examples and turorials for each resource type. You can browse the types of resources and see tutorials for the ones you are interested in before you create them, and use them as reference during the creation.

Before you create an H5P resource

Please make sure that the specific type of resource you are selecting is accessible, fully supported and maintained by the core team. Many resources created with H5P can be accessible, as long as you ensure that:
  1. text and background have sufficient colour contrast
  2. images have meaningful text descriptions
  3. videos have captions
  4. audio has a text alternative
  5. drag and drop exercises have visible labels for dropzones/draggables
  6. timers are not used or are very generous and
  7. exercises that require typing an answer that needs to be correctly spelled are used in contexts where the spelling actually matters.

We don't recommend uploading large video files on H5P - please upload these on Re/Play and link to them from H5P or Blackboard instead. If you want to upload videos to H5P, please ensure they are small both in duration - which is better for pedagogy - and file size - which is better for students that don't have great internet connections.

Resource types

Here is a summary of interesting resources that are maintained and fully supported in main browsers and can be made accessible:

Combining resources

All resource types can be used as standalone resources, while some of them can also be included in other resources. The Branching Scenario, Column, Course presentation, Interactive Video and Interactive Book are combination types that allow you to include multiple resource types in a single resource. The Quiz question set can combine a sub-set of the question type resources.

Practice

Practice resource types and descriptions
TypeDescription
Drag and Drop Drag and drop on a single or several images.
Drag the Words Drag and drop words on blanks in sentences.
Flashcards Set of cards with one question each and text fields for answers. Each card can also have an image.
Fill in the Blanks Type words in blank fields within written text.
Multiple Choice Classic MCQ with single or multiple correct answers - optionally, an image or video can be used in the question, but not the answers.
True/False True or false question - questions can contain an image or video.
Single Choice Set Set of single choice, text-only MCQs.
Summary Set of single choice, text-only MCQs in statement form. It builds a summary by keeping the correct response in each question visible.

Acquisition

Acquisition resource types and descriptions
TypeDescription
Audio  Import an audio file to use in your resources
Chart Present a simple bar or pie chart
Collage Image collage.
Dialog cards Cards that can contain image, audio and text that you can flip to see something else. Good for language learning.
Guess the Answer Question with an image or video that asks students to (mentally) guess the answer before seeing it.
Image Hotspots Image with clickable spots that open up text, images or videos.
Image Slider Image slideshow.
Virtual Tour (360) 360 or static image scenes that can have clickable hotspots that open up text, an image, or a video.

Production

The documentation tool enables you to create a custom step-by-step documentation guide, where students can fill in sections to learn how to write reports, project plans etc.