51x6e3reswl-_sx940_If you grew up in the early 2000’s, then you’ll remember the MTV show “Pimp My Ride.” The show that featured rapper Xhibit taking average vehicles (usally in poor condition), and transforming them into customized, tricked-out street machines – or so I thought. Now, what does Xhibit have to do with the courses in your Learning Management System?

Well, in the same way the “Pimp My Ride” greatly improved an average looking vehicle, wouldn’t it be great to find a tool that could help you”pimp” your existing LMS course to provide more opportunities for student engagement and interactivity?

Whether you have Schoology, Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas or any of the numerous other systems out there – one fact remains the same.  Your course is only as good as the content inside it.  While most LMS platforms are great for delivering instructional content, creating assessments, and tracking student progress, none have a component that allow teachers to create engaging and interactive content for students.

That’s why H5P should be a valuable resource for any educator that uses an LMS or website within their course.   H5P is an open-source (free) website that allows users to create rich interactive content on any LMS or website.  All content created and shared from H5P is authored in HTML5 which means that it can can be viewed from any device – whether it’s a laptop, tablet, or smart phone.  A sharp contrast to the interactive content available in Flash, which is unviewable on iOS Android devices in most cases.

After signing up for a free account, H5P allows a user to create many different types of content including Course Presentations, Interactive Video, Memory Games, Flash Cards, and Timelines.  It’s extremely easy to clone the content already created in the Examples and Download section.  Of course, you can always start from scratch as well.

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The activities within H5P with opportunities to ask questions, will provide instant feedback for students..  Check it out by clicking this link.  After you drop the words, you can see how many correct responses you were able to score.

You don’t need to have any previous programming knowledge to design of the H5P content. Customizing each type of content is fairly user-friendly and the ones that are a little more challenging have some helpful tutorials for completion. After finishing, there are multiple ways to share your content inside your course.

There’s a variety of ways which your students can access your content. H55 provides an “embed” button that will allow teachers to embed inside an assignment, a standard feature on most LMS platforms. If you use Google Classroom, you can directly link your content from the H5P website inside an assignment.

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Now if you embed content from H5P inside your LMS, one thing that it won’t do is record grades. There are H5P Plug-Ins available for Moodle and Canvas that can be installed, which I haven’t had experSo the majority of the content you create in H5P will likely be limited to presentation materials or reviews, as opposed to a formal assessment.  I do believe that recording data is possible through the Moodle plug-in however.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve used content created in H5P inside multiple Schoology courses and it has worked great. Embedding the code can be a little tricky when formatting in a pre-defined layout like Schoology. But embedding on a Page or as a link inside a course seems to work.

Whether your trying to make you review lesson more interactive or you’re complete trying to “trick” out your course, H5P is an excellent resource to explore.

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