In our work with postsecondary faculty to build online courses, Learning House recommends H5P for its interactivity, options for varying content presentation, ease of use, accessibility standards, and potential for contributing to open educational resources. We also collaborate with faculty to create engaging assignments whereby students can demonstrate their learning, and H5P offers multiple options for creative presentation of student learning that solve multiple challenges in online courses.
First, too often a student submits only for the professor to see, missing an opportunity for feedback from and engagement with peers. In the online environment, faculty must be more deliberate in including opportunities for peer engagement, so as to include all types of learners. In our examples, students embed their H5P creations in presentation galleries created using Moodle's discussion forum activity. Upon submission of an assignment to a gallery, students interact with each other's work in the private space of the classroom to critique, comment, support, and make additional recommendations, thereby increasing peer-to-peer engagement.
Second, while institutions are held responsible for the accessibility of content for differently-abled students, assignments that do require students to view and comment on each other's work may result in some content being inaccessible. H5P's built-in accessibility features on most content types can allow students to access even the content created by their classmates.
Third, as H5P comes into its OER-own and student privacy is fully considered (in the absence of complete details, we speculate a search feature on H5P.org), student-made content may be available as an example for future assignment designers and for future students who similarly create. Additionally, when we in the H5P community continue to share with each other what works best and what may not work as well, we further the efficient use of this ingenious technology.
Finally, and perhaps ironically, when students know their work will be examined by their peers or by those outside of a course, the stakes of quality are raised to meet more than a rubric's expectations. Students who elect to use H5P as the medium for their assignment delivery may be spending more time with the assignment, which results in greater learning as they get their content "just right."
In this demonstration, we look more deeply at just some of the possibilities that exist for eight content types: accordion, chart, collage, column, course presentation, image hotspots, image slider, and timeline, with accessibility of timeline anticipated in the future thanks to the work of our innovative H5P community and H5P's commitment to accessibility. We recommend that H5P consider how content creations may in the future be deleted or hidden from public view to further enable student use, and we remain excited about the potential of H5P as an open educational resource for higher education.