Welcome to the Kitchen

This is the support hub for projects awarded BCCampus H5P OER Development Grants. These projects are augmenting open textbooks with open-licensed interactive learning activities authored in H5P. Why a “kitchen” and what is this project about? Learn more…

The main areas of the H5P PB Kitchen include:

Mattermost collaboration space, open now to project participants

Our monthly webinars with guest experts as well as sampling works in progress.

Resources and support information published on this site

Final resources to be published eventually as open textbook

Latest Notes from the Kitchen

  • The Kitchen Report
    According to the calendar we are at the tail end of the BCcampus 2020 H5P OER Development Grant cycle. A few of our projects have been granted extensions into 2021 to complete their projects. After this the textbooks participants have been working on in the BCcampus Pressbooks development site will be migrated to the public…
  • Join Us in the Kitchen: Applications Open for a New Round of Projects
    The word is that upper management is very pleased with the progress of the first set of five open textbooks supported by the BCcampus via the 2020 H5P OER Development Grants. Just by numbers, close to 500 new H5P activities have been created. For more of a sense of what came out of the kitchen,…
  • Meeting Up With H5P Metadata
    There’s a word that excited many librarians and certain technology folks, and to others, it generates yawns or visions of tedious form filling. Metadata. How could one not be excited about “data that provides information about other data“? The perhaps unhelpful metaphor above is the nutritional information label on food products. It’s not the food…
  • November Webinar: Sampling The Projects
    It’s time to sample what has been cooking in the H5P/Pressbooks Kitchen. In our November webinar, representatives of the five funded projects of BCcampus OER Development Grants will serve up slices of their H5P enhanced textbooks. They will share how they have made their open textbooks more effective with the practice activities integrated into the…
  • Getting the Right Media Ingredients on the Timeline
    One of our project participants emailed with a question about the ways to get media on the H5P Timeline content type. They were trying to use an image from Unsplash and/or flickr both good sources for images but having trouble getting the images to show. You can see in the timeline demo (yes it’s Strawberries)…
  • The Icing on the H5P Cake: A Periodic Table of H5P
    You just cannot feel like you know the full realm of all great internet resources on a topic. Here’s one that I came across in today’s webinar with Svein-Tore Griff With that, as Mom used to say, “blew me away.” And I was busy with the flow, I did not see Tami’s message in the…
  • Cooking With ETUG
    On Friday October 23 we (myself along with Clint Lalonde and Ian Linkletter) led an ETUG online workshop on H5P. Yes, we brought the kitchen to them. Slides are yours! Clint took on the metaphor fully with the agenda slide. We were told that this would be mostly an audience new to H5P, so we…
  • How to Scout For H5P Examples
    Many times in this project I have been out there in the giant food warehouse of the internet trying to find examples of H5P content. One of the many virtues of H5P is that it works in different platforms/systems. This means it’s in a lot of places but as far as I know, there’s no…
  • Too Tall Images: It’s All About the Aspect Ratio
    You may not think much about aspect ratios of media. But you might when an H5P image hotspot ends up being ginormous in your Pressbook. Prepare for a wee bit of math, not much. Aspect ratio is the proportion of longest to shortest dimension of a geometric shape. For images, for the screens we use…
  • Student Feedback on H5P Practice Problems in “Concepts of Biology”
    A number of the funded OER projects the Kitchen is supporting included in their plans having students try out the H5P practice problems being developed and provide feedback. We were excited to see the results from Michelle Nakano shared in our Mattermost community a summary of feedback for the Concepts of Biology textbook project (their…
  • October Webinar In the Kitchen: H5P Chef Svein-Tore Griff With
    If you are interested in cooking with H5P, you did not want to miss the webinar on Thursday, October 29 at 9:00am PT (check for your local time). The archive of this session is now available (with captioning) Joining us in the kitchen was “Top Chef” Svein-Tore Griff With, founder of H5P, who was here…
  • Gadgets For Creating H5P
    What follows below does not directly apply to the projects being developed by the BCcampus grantees we are supporting. But the questions in our webinar and also a related program need, made me think about the different ways for H5P content to be created and published. In this project, the teams are all working in…

Image Credit: Kitchen at Green Gulch flickr photo by Terrie Schweitzer shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license modified by Alan Levine with overlay of the H5P/Pressbook logos.