H5P Symposium

Project TitleH5P Symposium
Principal InvestigatorKayli Johnson
Co-ApplicantsSimon Lolliot, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Psychology, Faculty of Arts,
Funding Year2022
Project SummaryH5P is a free open-source html5 tool that can be used to create flexible and interactive open practice
questions as well as opportunities for interactive content delivery. When students complete practice
questions requiring them to actively recall information from memory (i.e., retrieval practice), they
significantly outperform their peers who spend the same amount of time re-reading the same
information. Several traditional publishers have developed online homework systems to offer students
retrieval practice; however, these systems are only available behind a paywall and do not allow easy
customization, open content sharing, or student authoring. UBC has just launched the UBC H5P Tool,
which allows faculty to create free and open interactive h5p elements. Aligned with the timing of this
launch, the H5P Symposium is a two-day symposium designed to introduce and/or deepen faculty’s
knowledge about h5p and to facilitate the creation of interactive elements in a supported environment.

The H5P Symposium will introduce h5p, demonstrate its strengths and limitations, and highlight
successful examples of implementation and course integration for various content types (e.g. multiple
choice question sets, auto-graded essays, drag and drop, and interactive videos). We will offer studio
time with experienced content creators to introduce the authoring platform and consultation clinics to
help brainstorm how h5p could be used in a particular faculty member’s context. H5P elements created
using the UBC H5P Tool (or an independently installed instance of h5p) can be embedded within a
learning management system (e.g. Canvas) or any website (e.g. WordPress). Unlike traditional online
homework systems, h5p also offers opportunities for students to participate in content creation.
The requested funds would allow the H5P Symposium to have a keynote session that would give the
symposium a solid pedagogical grounding around the importance of formative assessment. Having such
a keynote is important as it will align the use of an open tool with sound pedagogical practices. The
funding would also help us recognize symposium contributors and encourage participants to complete
the post-symposium survey to help us evaluate the success of the event.
Grant type Rapid Innovation
Funded Amount $1,340