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H5P Interactive Video

H5P is a relatively new, open source project that allows educators to create and share interactive content for free, using a web-based platform that will continue to improve and evolve as web developers volunteer their time to write new code. At present, H5P content can be embedded into WordPress and Drupal websites, as well as the Moodle Learning Management System. H5P content will play on any device that is connected to the internet, an important element to consider as students increasingly rely on smartphones and tablets to complete their coursework.

One of the content types I’m most excited about is Interactive Video. Basically, this tool allows users to layer interactive elements on top of YouTube videos. Here’s a list of available interactions. I expect this list to grow as developers continue to improve the tool.

Question Types

  • multiple choice
  • true / false
  • fill-in-the-blanks
  • drag and drop
  • mark the words
  • open-ended


  • label
  • textbox
  • table
  • weblink
  • image

Here’s an example of an interactive video that I helped a third year nursing student create. The module is intended to help other students study for the NCLEX-RN exam, and was developed as a component of the student’s placement experience. That same student helped me create this Google Doc to help orient faculty to H5P Interactive Video development.


GoAnimate (Vyond)

Another development tool that I’m quite fond of is GoAnimate, which recently rebranded itself as Vyond. This tool requires a subscription, and is relatively expensive, though the 14 day free trial offers more than enough time to produce at least one video. Vyond allows anyone to create an animated video, no fancy tech. skills required! The web-based platform actually offers three different styles: 2D animation (think The Simpsons or Southpark), whiteboard animation (remember the Tea Consent video, or those YouTube ads with the hand drawing stuff really quickly), and video infographics (typically used to explain data and figures).

Here’s an example of the 2D animation option. I used this video to apply for an Open Education Fellows opportunity at eCampus Ontario.

Since these videos take a bit of time to produce, I tend to use this tool when:

  • the end product can be used in multiple semesters and/or across many courses
  • the content is highly visual but challenging to convey in live action video
  • the content expert I’m working with is extremely uncomfortable on camera


While these videos are great on their own, they’re even better with the H5P Interactive Video interactions layered on top. Here’s an example of both tools combined. It’s a cheeky video that first year students complete as a component of their English course: