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

  • 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 will not want to miss the webinar on Thursday, October 29 at 9:00am PT (check for your local time). Joining us in the kitchen is “Top Chef” Svein-Tore Griff With, founder of H5P, who will be here to share and demo the new H5P OER Hub.…
  • 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…
  • Branching Scenarios: Yes, No, Maybe?
    One of the more sophisticated utensils in the H5P drawer is the Branching Scenario content type. It allows you to create situational experiences or game-like interactions, where the viewer has to make decisions that lead them to variable results. The advantage of having an H5P tool to cook one up with is that other approaches…
  • The Print Side of Accessibility
    One might be tempted to think of web accessibility primarily in terms of addressing the needs of people with visual and audio disabilities. As we learned from Josie Gray in the July Webinar Cooking Show on Cooking H5P With Accessibility in Mind with creating open textbooks, we have another factor to consider. One of the…
  • September Webinar: Infusing A Medical Terminology Open Textbook With H5P Interactivity
    Our next Cooking with H5P and Pressbooks webinar is Thursday, September 24 at 10:00am PT (check for your local time). The archive of this session is now available: Visiting the “kitchen” are Ontario educators Kim Carter (Conestoga College) and Marie Rutherford (Georgian College) who recently published in Pressbooks “Building a Medical Terminology Foundation“. Remixed from…
  • Clever End Around For Unused Words in Drag and Drop
    It’s rewarding when a limit of what a tool can do is jumped by not changing technology, but a different, human thought, approach. Recently, in our project Mattermost community, Wendi asked: I just did my first drag and drop is there a way you can add extra terms that are not used? This is a…
  • August Webinar: Instructional Design of Open Textbook Practice Problems
    The second  “Cooking Show” aka webinar for this project was on August 27 at 9:00am Pacific Time. This show is being run as an open BCcampus webinar, so we expect a wider audience of interested colleagues. The archive of this session is now available: Our format still remains friendly and conversational. This month’s topic is focused…
  • Switching from YouTube to Kaltura For H5P Interactive Video
    In this kitchen tip we have an option for those using the H5P Interactive Video content type. With this tool, a video can be augmented with stops on the playback to insert popup information relevant to that point in the video or it can insert interactive questions at that point (multiple choice, true false, fill…

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.