Yesterday the RAU Learning technologists participated in an all-day training session on H5P led by moodle and H5P expert Dan Jeffries.
Due to our differing ability levels in using H5P Dan started off with a general intro to the tool and then focused on a couple of activities that will have maximum impact.
We spent time looking at:
- Course presentation – an activity that comprises of many other smaller activities and with some skill could result in development of complete online learning course. Some of our key learnings here are:
- Make the most of templates and copying content.
- Use active surface mode for jumping around a presentation (be careful to not accidentally turn this on as you will have to rebuild content).
- Create layers for putting over images and setting up hotspots.
- The image background uses a 2:1 ratio – avoid stretching.
- Hide the toolbar to avoid confusion to users.
- End with a summary slide (or set of statements to chose from).
- Interactive video – an interactive video content type which allows you to add things like multiple choice and fill in the blank questions and pop-up text to your videos. Some of our key learnings here are:
- We need to look at if it is possible to get Panopto to work with H5P.
- Title screens don’t work on YouTube.
- Grades go to the moodle gradebook automatically.
- Crossroads allows branching.
- Documentation tool – allows you to create form wizards and outputs a document when the user has reach the end of the wizard. Some of our key learnings here are:
- There is a lot of potential use for reflection but the goals pages are a little odd as they ask you to come up with goals and then think about how you have achieved them. Needs to be used at the end of a task.
- Links with gradebook but unless there is a grade it can be difficult to see if the student has completed. Maybe better to use with activity completion.
- You can export documents and get students to submit through Turnitin.
- Speak the words – a fun test activity that uses voice recognition – teachers ask a question that can be answered with the user’s own voice.
Other useful tips from the day:
- You can store all your H5P activities in wordpress and then link directly to them. This really helps with centralising and reusing activities.
- Use the reuse option and download and import content.
- Get snippet on your moodle site – great for reusing code.
- Lots of other moodle tips that we are going to have a think about for our site!
Thanks to Dan for sharing his wisdom with us. Lots of fodder for our Friday TEL tips.