SEED projects 2020 – Designing for learning
Designing for learning with H5P
Megan Clune, Dr Rena Heap, Assoc Prof Fiona Ell, Dr Lisa Darragh, Dr Frauke Meyer, and Paul Neveldsen (Faculty of Education and Social Work)
H5P is an open source project that aims to create richer online content and improve online learning experiences. H5P is an abbreviation for ‘HTML5 Package’ which uses the html5 programming language to create interactive online content that integrates with a number of learning management systems, including Canvas. The interactive content is limited only by imagination but some examples are interactive videos, interactive presentations, mathematics quizzes, interactive timelines, drag and drop tasks, dialogue cards, branching scenarios and virtual tour creation using 360° imagery. H5P is able to be integrated within Canvas, meaning that it may extend the capabilities of Canvas in terms of learning and assessment over a variety of courses. In addition, as artefacts built with H5P can be embedded into Canvas course pages, H5P does not require students to become familiar with another learning management system, and therefore offers seamless integration with current practices.
H5P has been trialled in other areas of the University as part of the learning and assessment process, but was yet to be used formally and to its maximum potential at the Faculty of Education and Social Work. Initial exploration suggests that it could be a versatile tool as a component of online and blended teaching approaches, and may bring richer elements to course design for the online/blended space. An issue in online and blended learning is that of situated cognition and contextual learning. It has been reported that adult learners perform better in real contexts than in abstract ones. One way to address this issue, is to provide multiple ways of delivering course content and multiple ways for students to be actively involved in their learning as opposed to being passive recipients of information. In various courses, online learning is limited to the features of Canvas, however H5P could extend those opportunities and facilitate the creation of online content that engages our students and promotes learning. Additionally, H5P can be used to create both formal and informal assessment tasks. Delivering formal assessment tasks in this way may be beneficial as assessments can be structured in a way that minimises user error, while highlighting user understanding of concepts and pedagogical applications. Informal assessment tasks can be created to give instant feedback in relation to student responses within the H5P enhanced tasks. Additionally, with access to H5P student analytics, lecturers can use this information to identify learner needs and inform future course content design.
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