H5P Project November Updates – New content types and Accessibility improvements

Check out what's coming in the upcoming H5P releases

H5P project is getting popular with each passing day due to its awesome community and flexibility to create interactive content with platform independence. You can create all types of interactive content items using H5P. All you need is a browser on your device and you are all set to go.

In the November month update, H5P team has released two new content types and worked on accessibility improvements. There is also a new H5P plugin compatible with Drupal 8. The Drupal 8 plugin is designed to take advantage of the latest features of Drupal 8 and differs substantially from the H5P Drupal 7 plugin.

New Content Types:

The new content types released in this month are:

  • Image Slider – The image slider content type is a classic image carousel extended with H5P features. The fundamentals are in place: snappy transitions, touch-screen support, full-screen capabilities and auto-scaling of images. In addition, Image Slider goes further in making it easy to create, share and reuse content by the virtue of being a standard H5P content type with the ability to easily handle copyrights, add alternative text and generate embed links. 
  • Speak the Words set – One of the most requested content types for H5P, Speak The Words Set is simply a set of Speak The Word quizzes. It may be very useful in creating language learning components. However, it works only on Google Chrome.

Accessibility Improvements:

Making interactive content accessible is one of the main goals of the H5P project and this release marks a huge step forward in that direction. This release combined with the last release makes most H5P content types accessible to everyone. Keyboard navigation, read speaker support and many other features have been added and tested thoroughly with multiple accessibility tools and scenarios.

H5P team have worked upon to improve the following content types:

  • Multiple Choice 
  • Single Choice Set 
  • Mark the Words 
  • Audio Recorder 
  • Arithmetic Quiz 
  • True/False
  • Drag Text 
  • Drag and Drop 
  • Summary
  • Dialog cards
  • Image hotspots
  • Interactive Video
  • Question set
  • Course Presentation
  • Guess The Answer
  • Memory Game
  • Chart
  • Collage
  • Documentation Tool

Upcoming H5P releases:

H5P team is working on Branching Scenario project such that it becomes a great content type which will be easy and pleasant to use for both authors and learners.

Another major thing which they are working upon is the complete rewrite of the H5P content hub to React.js The rewrite of the Hub(client) to React means that the Content Type Hub will be much more maintainable going forward and gives a solid foundation from which to add the Content Hub. There will be some visible changes as well, like better search logic.

I am pretty excited about the upcoming release of H5P project and the new content types under development. Have you ever used H5P for creating interactive content? Do share with us in the comments section below.

References:

  1. https://h5p.org/nov-2017-release-note
  2. https://h5p.org/nov-2017-status-update

Jaswinder Singh

Jaswinder Singh, passionate about using Moodle in improving the Indian Education System and reaching the students in far flung areas where still education seems to be a impossible prospect of life. He is the author of the popular Moodle Book "How to use Moodle 2.7". In October 2016, Jaswinder was elected as the Moodle User's Association Committee member - the first to make it from India.

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